A LAP director’s wish list for addressing cognitive impairment

Volume 40 Number 5


If Terry Harrell, executive director of the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and chair of the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, drew up a wish list for how LAPs and bar associations should confront the issue of helping cognitively impaired lawyers, this is what it would look like:

  • A good network of local neuropsychologists and clinical resources to help with identification and transition.
  • More LAP staff to handle the expected increase in calls in the years ahead.
  • Teams of local lawyers to help older colleagues effectively “dismantle a practice,” which would assist not only the older attorneys, but their clients as well.
  • Widespread education on the need for lawyers to draw up an effective succession plan.

“I hope lawyers understand that LAPs will help, and it will all be confidential,” she adds.


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