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Maryland Lawyer Assistance Program

Everyone experiences personal, work  or school related problems at some point. Early intervention is the key to resolving these concerns. Call the Lawyer Assistance Program for free, confidential assistance. The Lawyer Assistance Program 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.

With our recent expansion, we have a network of counselors throughout the state.

Read About Our Expansion

The Lawyer Assistance Program can make a difference.

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

Marital and Family
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Stress and Burnout
Prescription Drug Concerns
Career Concerns

Internet Addiction
Sexual Addiction
Compulsive Spending
Eating Disorders
Balancing Work and Family


Additional LAP Resources

Learn more about how the Lawyer Assistance Program can help.

Referring to LAP

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

12 Step AA Meeting

Thursday from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
419 W. Redwood St, 2nd fl.
Room 210
Baltimore, MD 21201


Federal and state law ensures the confidentiality of those who seek assistance through our program or those who have been referred to the Lawyers Assistance Program. 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.


For toll-free, confidential help, call




MSBA Health & Wellness Tip Sheets

Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, has over 20 years experience in her field, and extensive experience working with lawyers and judges in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and trauma. MSBA Health & Wellness Tip Sheets cover various facets of health & wellness.

Featured Mental Health Tip Sheet

Lowering Your Anxiety by Tackling Procrastination

I have learned many things from working with attorneys, but one common message I hear is that when they procrastinate it leads to anxiety, which then leads to more procrastinating, and the cycle continues. This is definitely not unique to lawyers. It’s easy to get caught up in this pattern, so here are some tips on how to get off the procrastination merry-go-round.

Featured Addiction Tip Sheet

Addiction and the Devastation It Leaves in Its Wake

Have you ever been concerned about a family member or friend’s alcohol or drug use, or had a feeling that something is just not right? If you think there is a problem, then likely there is. In order to understand how addiction can affect family members and friends, we first have to understand what addiction is.

Featured Substance Abuse Tip Sheet

Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

If you have had surgery, an injury, or have been in severe pain you may have been prescribed a pain killer. Although most individuals take prescription medication as prescribed, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found that 20 percent of the population ages 12 and older have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons at least once in their lifetime. NIDA’s Monitoring the Future Survey found that young people are strongly represented in this group with 1 in 12 high school seniors reporting using a prescription pain reliever for nonmedical reasons.

Featured Self-Help Tip Sheet

Disconnect: Technology and Your Mental Health

Technology is great and can be a very helpful tool, but like anything else, it has its pros and cons. It allows us to work remotely, faster, stay connected to friends, etc. On the other hand, it can lead to unhealthy things as well: limiting interaction with others, creating anxiety by always being connected, leading one to always expect immediate responses, distracting us, and causing us to compare ourselves to others.


Resources from the American Bar Association

Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs

The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) has a mission to assure that every judge, lawyer and law student has access to support and assistance when confronting alcoholism, substance use disorders or mental health issues so that lawyers are able to recover, families are preserved and clients and other members of the public are protected. This mission is carried out by supporting the work of state and local Lawyer Assistance Programs (LAPs) as they provide hands-on services and support to those in need of their assistance.

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Suicide Prevention Resources

Support and Assistance

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, there are resources available.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255Learn More
  • Crisis Text Line: text “HOME” to 741741Learn More
  • American Association of Suicidology | Learn More
  • Prevent Suicide PA | Learn More
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention | Learn More

Could you use help?

Quick self assessment

  • Are you anxious or having trouble sleeping?
  • Unable to relax without alcohol or drugs?
  • Having problems getting your work completed?
  • Noticing an increase in errors of judgment?
  • Lost interest in things you used to enjoy?
  • Experiencing emotional numbness?
  • Having suicidal thoughts?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, call LAP for assistance.

Toll-Free Confidential Help 1-888-388-5459

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Who Helps the Helpers? | Hon. Charles Dorsey

Lawyers do their best work when they take care of themselves physically, emotionally, & spiritually. MSBA’s Lawyer Assistance Program can help.

Jane Pauley opens up about bipolar diagnosis

After more than 30 years reporting the news, Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Jane Pauley put a very public face on bipolar disorder. She revealed she had taken a break from the spotlight and spent three weeks in a psychiatric clinic after being diagnosed in 2001. Pauley is an advocate for mental health and the host of “CBS Sunday Morning.” She joined “CBS This Morning’s” special “Stop the Stigma” broadcast to discuss when she was first diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Fit to Practice with Angela Han

Fit to Practice is a show about all things Health and Wellness for hard-working lawyers. Each week, lawyer Angela Han talks to lawyers about their health struggles and survival. And as a plant-based personal trainer, health coach and yoga instructor, she shares her ideas on how to take back your health. Angela’s goal is to help reframe nutrition, sleep, and exercise as a form of medicine and therapy to cope with the daily challenges of being a lawyer. Listen here »


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