Maryland Bar Bulletin
Publications : Bar Bulletin : November 2012

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We all have experienced that gut feeling that tells us that something is just not right. If you are concerned about another lawyer, early intervention is the key to helping that person. 

Mental health, addiction, and personal problems can spiral out of control very quickly and often do not get better if left untreated. We all have experienced problems in the past and stand to benefit from help through someone who cares about us.

If you are concerned about another lawyer, you can make a confidential or even anonymous referral by calling or emailing the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP).  It is very stressful when you are concerned for someone else.  The unsettling part comes in trying to decide what to do, not always having someone to talk with, or not having somewhere to turn.

LAP Can Help

Once you contact LAP, we will take the time to listen to your concerns and walk you through the referral process.  The lawyer you are referring will not be told who referred them to the program, and it is their choice to accept help.

LAP Can Make A Difference

Our main concern is to help the lawyer in need. Our services include help for a broad range of problems and personal concerns such as:

  • Depression
  • Marital and Family Relationships
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Stress and Burnout
  • Prescription Drug Concerns/Abuse
  • Career Concerns
  • Gambling
  • Internet Addiction
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Compulsive Spending
  • Eating Disorders
  • Balancing Work and Family
  • Grief and Loss

Confidentiality

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.

If you need assistance, please contact the Lawyer Assistance Program for free, confidential counseling. Jim Quinn, LAP Director, can be reached at (443) 703-3041 or jquinn@msba.org. Lisa Caplan, Program Counselor, can be reached at (443) 703-3042 or lcaplan@msba.org.

Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, CAC, is Program Counselor for the MSBA Lawyer Assistance Program.

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