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Most people encounter difficulty at least once in their lives. The State Bar's Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) is here to help. We help lawyers, State Bar applicants, and law students who are grappling with stress, anxiety, depression, substance use issues, or concerns about their career.
We strive to support legal professionals in achieving their optimum level of practice while enhancing public protection and helping to maintain the integrity of the profession.
We know that it is often difficult to reach out for help during difficult times, especially if it’s about a private matter. Rest assured, we promise confidentiality—we release no information about your participation in the program without your knowledge or consent. Participation is confidential as mandated by Business and Professions Code section §6234.
Our counselors can offer a free assessment of your situation and help you get the help you need, whether it’s for mental health issues, or substance use issues. (There are some fees if you join a group or need additional services.)
The Lawyer Assistance Program conducts free virtual presentations on substance use and mental health issues, wellness strategies, and the resources available to all law schools, law firms, bar associations, government agencies, insurance companies, and for events such as conferences, conventions, and seminars. The presentation qualifies for one hour of MCLE specialty credit in competence. For more information contact LAP@calbar.ca.gov or call 877-527-4435.
NOTE: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the LAP is offering free presentations online.
To request an MCLE presentation, please complete the Request for Competency Speaker Form.
Want to know more? Your call or email is confidential.
Michelle Harmon Lawyer Assistance Program 877-LAP-4HELP/877-527-4435 LAP@calbar.ca.gov