Note: The Lawyer Assistance Program is a service offered to Bar members and is not available to the general public. It is also not a Lawyer Referral Service. For help in finding an attorney please contact your local bar association.
Georgia Lawyers Helping Lawyers (LHL) is a confidential peer-to-peer program that provides colleagues who are suffering from stress, depression, addiction or other personal issues in their lives, with a fellow Bar member to be there, listen and help. Required training for volunteers consists of a 2.5-hour program, which provides two hours of CLE credit, including one ethics hour and one professionalism hour. Sign up to be a volunteer peer volunteer at www.GeorgiaLHL.org.
The Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) is a confidential service provided by the State Bar to help its members with life's difficulties. In order to help meet the needs of its members and ensure confidentiality, the Bar contracts the services of CorpCare Associates, Inc., Employee Assistance Program, a Georgia-headquartered national counseling agency.
The LAP provides a broad range of helping services to members seeking assistance with depression, stress, alcohol/drug abuse, family problems, workplace conflicts, psychological and other issues. You can contact the LAP by calling 800-327-9631, or by emailing Lisa Hardy, vice president, CorpCare Associates, Inc., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All services are accessible through the confidential LAP Hotline: 800-327-9631
The State Bar of Georgia's suicide awareness campaign has a dual purpose, directed toward those who are suffering from anxiety and depression and may be at risk for suicide, as well as all Bar members, who need to recognize the severity of the problem and be able to identify warning signs among our colleagues. If you are thinking about suicide or are worried a friend may be contemplating suicide, immediate action is critical. Call the confidential LAP Hotline 1-800-327-9631. Read more.
The American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs is pleased to direct you to other related sites of interest on the Internet. Many of these sites will also direct you to additional resources that you may find to be useful starting points. As with any resource, please use your own judgment when selecting your individual supports and information. Read More
The ABA has created a pledge calling upon legal employers (including law firms, corporate entities, government agencies and legal aid organizations) to first: (a) recognize that substance use and mental health problems represent a significant challenge for the legal profession and acknowledge that more can and should be done to improve the health and well-being of lawyers; and, (b) pledge to support the Campaign and work to adopt and prioritize its seven-point framework for building a better future. Read More
"To be a good lawyer, one has to be a healthy lawyer. Sadly, our profession is falling short when it comes to well-being. The two studies ... reveal that too many lawyers and law students experience chronic stress and high rates of depression and substance use. These findings are incompatible with a sustainable legal profession, and they raise troubling implications for many lawyers' basic competence. This research suggests that the current state of lawyers' health cannot support a profession dedicated to client service and dependent on the public trust."