The Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) helps current and former attorneys, law students, and State Bar applicants dealing with mental health and/or substance use problems affecting their personal and professional lives.
The LAP hosts free virtual presentations on wellness strategies for legal professionals and law students. Topics include addressing substance use and mental health issues that can impair the ability to practice law competently or prepare for a career in law.
Attorney presentations. A free, one-hour virtual presentation, good for one hour of MCLE competency credit, appropriate for:
Student presentations. A free 30- or 45-minute virtual presentation, appropriate for:
To schedule a presentation in either format, please complete a request form and send it to Lita Abella at Lita.Abella@calbar.ca.gov, or 213-765-1165.
Our video series features former participants in the Lawyer Assistance Program as well as current and former State Bar officials, counselors, and other specialists. Watch the first part of the series. (5:07 minutes)
"Lawyer Assistance Program Experience."
Want to know more? Watch part 2 of "The Lawyer Assistance Program Experience." (Written transcripts of Part 1 and Part 2 are also available for the hearing-impaired.)
Have you ever been depressed, anxious, or concerned about your use of alcohol or drugs? If so, we encourage you to complete one or more of the self-assessment tests listed below.
Although these tests cannot serve as a substitute for a professional evaluation, the results can help decide if you should contact the Lawyer Assistance Program for a more thorough professional assessment.
The Other Bar www.otherbar.org
A confidential peer support resource for California lawyers, judges, law students, and their families for help with problematic alcohol and drug use and related personal problems.
Lawyer's LifeRing www.lifering.org
LifeRing is a program of peer support groups for members of the legal community contemplating the beginning of a new chapter in their lives, free of drugs and alcohol.
Get information about the Lawyer Assistance Program Oversight Committee.
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