Resources & Tools

Health & Wellness

Practicing law is a vital public service. Too often, it also takes a physical and emotional toll.

We envision a membership in which every lawyer of the MSBA is provided with the support and education needed to achieve optimal overall health and wellness. Our overarching goal is to enhance health and wellness so lawyers can better serve themselves, as well as others within their personal and professional lives.

Contact us for help at our confidential, toll-free line.



Over 40 Years of Help and Hope

The MSBA Lawyer Assistance Program has helped thousands of Maryland lawyers.

 Lawyers, like anyone else, face stress, burn out, and depression. Too often, they don’t have anywhere to turn before the problem gets worse, and a career and life are lost to substance abuse, mental health, or other personal problems. The Lawyer Assistance Program is available to all lawyers in Maryland and provides free, confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, law school students and support staff by offering virtual assessment, referral, short-term counseling, and continued support to ensure long term success. We offer a network of counselors that can assist you no matter what state you are living in. Contact the Lawyer Assistance Program for free, confidential help at 1-888-388-5459

Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, Director | 443-703-3042 | [email protected]

Financial Assistance Available
The Lawyer Assistance Program offers financial assistance for Mental Health and Substance Abuse treatment.

Referring to the Lawyer Assistance Program
If you are concerned about another lawyer, you can make an anonymous referral to the Lawyer Assistance Program.

How We Help

Physical Health

Supporting a stronger profession.

MSBA members have access to programs to support physical health and help them be their best. We provide workshops and training on topics that every lawyer can benefit from.

Members have instant access to these services through our member publications, digital correspondence, and online.

Emotional Health

Free, confidential support & referrals. We have resources to help.

We have experience with issues including:

  • Depression
  • Alcohol & Drug Abuse
  • Marital & Family Problems
  • Stress & Burnout
  • Addiction
  • Eating Disorders
  • Work/Life Balance

Contact the Lawyer Assistance Program for free, confidential help: 1-888-388-5459

12 Step AA Meeting
Thursdays from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Legal Professional Group
For more details, click here.
Contact David Ledyard if you have any questions.

Professional Health

Finding balance to succeed in work and life

Technical skills are not enough. Success in the legal profession requires a healthy relationship between you and your work. MSBA promotes wellness initiatives designed to boost your productivity and well-being.

  • Stress Management
  • Professional Trends
  • Starting & Succeeding in Practice
  • Communication
  • Soft Skills
  • Leadership

Advocacy Update: Maryland General Assembly Begins the 2024 Legislative Session

January 22, 2024The Maryland General Assembly session commenced on January 10, 2024, with a focus on juvenile justice, affordable housing, economic growth, the budget deficit, transportation, and more.

MSBA’s Lawyer Assistance Program Introduces ScreenNow – A Mental Health Assessment Tool for Legal

December 4, 2023The Maryland State Bar Association’s (MSBA) Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) is partnering with ScreenNOW to provide you with a first-of-its-kind opportunity to access dozens of standardized mental health screenings. It’s safe, private, and free.

Fun New Years Resolutions and Tips to stick to them

November 28, 2023Most New Year’s resolutions are abandoned quickly due to getting bored, picking too many resolutions or setting rigid goals. Picking something fun can increase the likelihood of being successful.

Tips for Preparing your Children for a Successful School Year

August 1, 2023Going back to school can be both exciting and a little scary for your children. Preparing your children for school can help ease their transition and set them up for a successful academic year.

Tips for Preparing for the Holiday Season

August 1, 2023Holiday time can be very fun, exciting and challenging. There are lots of different demands from family, friends, and work that can pull us in different directions.

Attending the Legal Summit? 10 Tips for Staying Healthy and Energetic During the Conference

June 2, 2023Attending a busy professional conference such as the 2023 Legal Summit can be exciting and intellectually stimulating, but it can also be physically and mentally demanding. To ensure that you take care of yourself and make the most of the conference,

Survival Tips for New Lawyers

October 13, 2022Recently we shared survival tips for new lawyers at a meeting of the MSBA Young Lawyers Section. There were many good questions.


Could You Use Our Help?

Wondering whether you could benefit from help provided by the Lawyer Assistance Program? Take our quick self assessment to find out.

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National Suicide Prevention and Depression

Save someone’s life. Take the time to watch a very powerful video created by the Texas Lawyer Assistance Program for the Legal Profession to help prevent lawyer suicide and understand depression.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, view emergency resources here.

Interested in volunteering with the Lawyer Assistance Program?

Volunteers help us reach lawyers across the state through the Lawyer Assistance Program. Fill out the form below and send it to one of our staff. You can also contact our team at any time with questions about volunteering.

Download Application Form

Who We’ve Worked With

We collaborate with schools, public officials, and private firms & practices to promote wellness and balance across the legal profession.

Law Schools

Office of the Attorney General

MSBA Sections & Committees

Pro Bono Resource Center

Office of the Public Defender

Local & Specialty Bars

Direct Staff Contact:

Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C

Director, Lawyer Assistance Program
[email protected]
(443) 703-3042

Additional Lawyer Assistance Program Contacts

Reach out to any of the LAP committee members for assistance.

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