The New York State Bar Association Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)
provides education and confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, law
school students, and immediate family members who are affected by the
problem of substance abuse, stress, depression or other mental health
issues. Its goal is to assist in the prevention, early
identification and intervention of problems that can affect professional
conduct and quality of life.
BUFFALO ATTORNEY RECEIVES FRANKLIN P. GAVIN MEMORIAL
David R. Pfalzgraf, Esq. of
Buffalo is the recipient of the 2013 Franklin P. Gavin Memorial Award,
presented by NYSBA’s Lawyer Assistance Committee.
The annual award recognizes an
individual who has contributed to assisting lawyers in recovery.
Pfalzgraf was recognized for his leadership, support and outstanding
contributions to lawyer assistance efforts.
He is past-chair of the NYSBA
Lawyer Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee (currently the Lawyer
Assistance Committee) and also served as Past Chair of the Lawyer
Assistance Trust Board of Trustees and Past President of the Bar
Association of Erie County.
Pfalzgraf received the award on
May 18, 2013 during the LAP Spring Retreat in Silver Bay, NY.
On April 10, 2010 the New York State Bar
Association's House of Delegates and Executive Committee
approved a Model Policy to assist bar associations, law firms and
other legal departments in addressing impairment issues.