Lawyer and Judges Assistance Program - 1.800.255.0569

  • Events
    • Erie County 22nd 12-Step Weekend

      Erie County 22nd 12-Step Weekend

      August 14-16, 2015

      Buffalo Seminary

      205 Bidwell Parkway

      Buffalo, NY

    • Nassau County LAP Fall Retreat

      Annual Nassau County Bar Association LAP Fall Retreat
      September 25 - 27, 2015
      Immaculate Conception Seminary
      Huntington, NY

  • Help Available


    or (confidential e-mail) 

    Patricia Spataro, LAP Director    
    Gary M. Reing, LAC Chair


    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.


    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.

    NYSBA Lawyer Assistance Resources Available Online! 

    Click here to view the eLAP Website 


    Hon. Karen K. Peters  is the recipient of the 2015 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.   


    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   

  • Committees
    Lawyer Assistance Committee
    The Lawyer Assistance Committee (LAC) is charged with the duty, in collaboration with the New York Bar Association Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP), of assisting attorneys, judges and law students dealing with alcoholism or substance abuse and other addictive disorders.

    Judicial Wellness Committee
    The Judicial Wellness Committee seeks to foster a sense of community and care among the New York State Judiciary and to provide confidential assistance to impaired judges.