Maryland Bar Bulletin
Publications : Bar Bulletin : May 2013

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Everyone experiences personal or work related problems at some point. Early intervention is the key to resolving these concerns. Call the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) for free, confidential assistance. LAP is committed to providing assistance to lawyers, judges, law students, and their families by offering assessment, referral, short-term counseling, and continued support to insure long term success.

LAP Can Make a Difference

Our services include help for a broad range of problems and personal concerns such as:

  • Depression
  • Marital and Family Relationships
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Stress and Burnout
  • Prescription Drug Concerns
  • Career Concerns
  • Gambling
  • Internet Addiction
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Compulsive Spending
  • Eating Disorders
  • Balancing Work and Family
  • Bereavement  

Referring to LAP

If you are concerned about another lawyer, you can make a confidential or anonymous referral by calling or emailing the LAP. (See ad, at right, for contact information.) LAP will then send a letter to the individual that they have been referred. Due to confidentiality, and without a release of information, we are unable to let the referring individual know if the person has or has not used the program.

12 Step Support Meeting

This is an open 12 Step professional support meeting for both AA and NA. It is held every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Maryland Bar Center, 520 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. You do not need to sign in at the front desk. Parking vouchers are available for the Pearl Street parking garage.

Confidentiality

Federal and state law ensures the confidentiality of those who seek assistance through our program or those who have been referred to the LAP. In addition Rule 8.3 in The Maryland Lawyers’ Rules of Professional Conduct and Attorney Trust Accounts protects the confidentiality of lawyers using the program.

Please call the Lawyer Assistance Program for free, confidential counseling at (410) 685-7878, ext. 3041 or (800) 492-1964. You can also email us at jquinn@msba.org.

Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, CAC, is Program Counselor for the MSBA Lawyer Assistance Program.

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