Lawyer Assistance Program

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    Patricia Spataro, LAP Director    
    Henry Kruman, LAC Chair

    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.

    NYSBA Lawyer Assistance Resources Available Online! 
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    Click here to view the eLAP Website 

    SYRACUSE ATTORNEY RECEIVES FRANKLIN P. GAVIN MEMORIAL AWARD

    Kenneth E. Ackerman, Esq. of Syracuse is the recipient of the 2014 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.  Ackerman 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 on the Lawyer Assistance Trust Board of Trustees.  

    2013 LAP Annual Report

    View 2013 LAP Annual Report (PDF)  


    MODEL POLICY ADDRESSING IMPAIRMENT 

    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.
  • Resources
    LAP Annual Report 2013.pdf