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.
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
Services Available Through LAP
All services are accessible through the confidential LAP Hotline: 800-327-9631
Telephone Hotline: Staffed by trained counselors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are a lawyer or judge and have a personal problem that is causing you significant concern, the Lawyer Assistance Program can help. Please feel free to call LAP's confidential hotline at 800-327-9631.
Personal Counseling: Up to six prepaid in-person sessions per presenting issue per 12-month period.
Work/Life Program for assistance with such issues as childcare, elder care and finances. Callers receive advice, referrals and materials customized to take into account their individual concerns, financial and geographic needs. These referrals are reached through calling the LAP Hotline: 800-327-9631.
Suicide Awareness Campaign
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.
Georgia Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Georgia Lawyers Helping Lawyers is a new confidential peer-to-peer program that will provide 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, to be conducted by CorpCare, consists of a 2.5-hour program, which will provide 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. (Peer matching will be available soon, once volunteers have been trained.)
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.
The Report of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being
"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."
THE PATH TO LAWYER WELL-BEING: Practical Recommendations For Positive Change
More Information and Resources
State Bar of Georgia Lawyer Assistance Program Brochure
Bar Rules Regarding The Lawyer Assistance Program
View the list of Lawyer Assistance Committee members
Lawyers Living Well Website, A Wellness Program of the State Bar