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Lawyer Assistance Program

The New York City Bar Lawyer Assistance Program (NYC LAP) is a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL service, available to attorneys, judges, law students and their family members, in New York City, who are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, as well as other addictions and mental health issues.

NYC LAP offers:
Evaluation and Assessment
Peer support
Attorney Monitoring Program
Outreach and Education

NYC LAP works in conjunction with the Association of the Bar’s Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse and local volunteers to provide peer assistance, monitoring and education to the legal community.

Recent Reports

Letter to the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline calling for the adoption of a Unified Diversion Rule (August 2015) (PDF format )
Subject area: Disciplinary Proceedings

Letter to the New York State Office of Court Administration urging that funding for lawyers assistance programs be re-established in the Judiciary Budget (November 2013) ( PDF format ) 
Subject area: Lawyers Assistance Program, Judiciary Budget

A Proposal for Adoption of a Diversion Rule for Lesser Misconduct Related to Alcohol/Substance Abuse or Mental Health Condition ( PDF )
Subject area: Lawyer misconduct

For the full list of committee reports click here