Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)

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or lap@nysba.org (confidential e-mail) 

Thomas E. Schimmerling, Esq., LAC Chair  

Hon. Jonah Triebwasser, JWC Chair


LAP Brochure

LAP Flyer


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

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.

CONFIDENTIALITY

All LAP services are confidential and protected under  Section 499 of the Judiciary Law as amended by Chapter 327 of the Laws of 1993.

LAP SERVICES are confidential, voluntary, free and include:  

  • Early identification of impairment;
  • intervention and motivation of impaired attorneys to seek help;
  • assessment, evaluation and development of an appropriate treatment plan;
  • referral of impaired attorneys to community resources, self-help groups, outpatient counseling, detoxification and rehabilitation services;
  • information and referral for depression;
  • and training programs on alcoholism, drug abuse and stress management.

Establishing a LAWYERS HELPING LAWYERS committee

Click HERE to learn more about establishing a Lawyers Helping Lawyers committee in your local area.


NATIONAL TASK FORCE ON LAWYER WELL-BEING REPORT, August 2017


AWARDS 

TIMOTHY D. FOLEY, ESQ. RECEIVES FRANKLIN P. GAVIN MEMORIAL AWARD

Tim Foley from Old Forge, NY is the recipient of the 2018 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.   

JOHN KEEGAN, Sr. RECEIVES RAYMOND P. O'KEEFE MEMORIAL AWARD

Jack Keegan, Esq. was awarded the 2018 Raymond P. O'Keefe Memorial Award (posthumously).

MODEL POLICY ADDRESSING IMPAIRMENT ISSUES

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. 

LAC Model Policy
 
NYSBA Resolution