Professional Liability Litigation

State Bar Lawyer Assistance Programs

The legal profession collectively suffers from depression, suicide, and other mental health issues in significantly greater proportion than the general population. These issues can include anxiety; stress, burnout, and balance; anger management; compassion fatigue; alcohol or drug addiction; compulsive behaviors such as gambling; and grief and loss. The ABA is strongly focused on this issue and on making lawyers aware of the many confidential resources available to them regarding mental health, substance abuse, and other life stresses that can adversely affect an attorney’s ability to practice law effectively. To that end, the Professional Liability Litigation Committee has compiled the below list of links to the state bar lawyers’ assistance programs across the country. These programs can assist lawyers, judges, and law students with issues that are or may be impairing; support the ongoing recovery process of lawyers and judges; educate the legal community about issues of substance abuse and mental health; and help to maintain the integrity of the profession. We hope this list will be a useful resource to you and your colleagues.

Alabama
https://www.alabar.org/programs-departments/alabama-lawyer-assistance-program/

Alaska
https://alaskabar.org/sections-committees/lawyers-assistance-committee/

Arizona
http://www.azbar.org/professionaldevelopment/map/

Arkansas
https://arjlap.org/

California
http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/Member-Records/Lawyer-Assistance-Program

Colorado
http://www.cobar.org/For-Members/Confidential-Assistance-for-Attorneys

Connecticut
http://www.lclct.org/

Delaware
https://www.dsba.org/resources/delaware-lawyers-assistance-program/

Florida
http://fla-lap.org/

Georgia
https://www.gabar.org/committeesprogramssections/programs/lap/index.cfm

Hawaii
http://hawaiiaap.com/

Idaho
https://isb.idaho.gov/member-services/programs-resources/lap/

Illinois
http://illinoislap.org/

Indiana
http://www.in.gov/judiciary/ijlap/index.htm

Iowa
http://www.iowalap.org/

Kansas
https://www.kalap.com/

Kentucky
https://www.kylap.org/

Louisiana
http://louisianajlap.com/

Maine
http://www.me-lap.org/index.html

Maryland
http://www.msba.org/committees/lawyerassist/default.aspx

Massachusetts
https://www.lclma.org/

Michigan
https://www.michbar.org/generalinfo/ljap/home

Minnesota
https://www.mnlcl.org/

Mississippi
https://www.msbar.org/programs-affiliates/lawyers-judges-assistance-program.aspx

Missouri
http://www.mobar.org/molap/

Montana
http://www.montanabar.org/?page=LAP

Nebraska
http://www.nebar.com/page/NLAP

Nevada
https://www.nvbar.org/member-services-3895/nlap/

New Hampshire
http://www.lapnh.org/

New Jersey
https://tcms.njsba.com/PersonifyEbusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=2001

New Mexico
https://www.nmbar.org/Nmstatebar/For_Members/Lawyers_Judges_Assistance/Lawyers_Judges_Assistance.aspx

New York
http://www.nysba.org/lap/

North Carolina
http://www.nclap.org/

North Dakota
https://www.sband.org/?page=lawyer_assist_prog

Ohio
https://www.ohiolap.org/

Oklahoma
http://www.okbar.org/members/LawyersHelpingLawyers.aspx

Oregon
https://www.oaap.org/

Pennsylvania
http://www.lclpa.org/

Rhode Island
https://www.ribar.com/For%20Attorneys/LawyersHelpingLawyers.aspx

South Carolina
https://www.scbar.org/lawyers/member-benefits-assistance/lawyers-helping-lawyers/

South Dakota
http://www.statebarofsouthdakota.com/page/stress/depression/addiction-resources

Tennessee
http://tlap.org/

Texas
https://www.tlaphelps.org/

Utah
http://www.utahbar.org/member-services/lawyershelpinglawyers/

Vermont
http://www.lapvt.org/

Virginia
http://www.valhl.org/

Washington
https://www.wsba.org/for-legal-professionals/member-support/wellness

West Virginia
https://wvjlap.org/

Wisconsin
https://www.wisbar.org/aboutus/membership/membershipandbenefits/Pages/Lawyer-Assistance-Programs.aspx

Wyoming
https://www.wyomingbar.org/for-lawyers/lawyer-resources/lawyer-assistance-program/