Lawyer Assistance Program

Maryland Bar Center
520 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Jim Quinn
Director

1-800-492-1964
410.685.7878 ext. 3041
Direct Line: 443-703-3041
jquinn@msba.org

Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, CAC
Lawyers Assistance Program Counselor
1-800-492-1964
410.685.7878 ext.3042
Direct Line: 443-703-3042
lcaplan@msba.org


The Lawyer Assistance Program offers the following services:

  • Confidential telephone access to a  Masters-Level  Clinician 
  • Assessment, Referral, Short-Term Counseling and follow-up: A trained member of the LAP staff will meet with the attorney either at the LAP office (Maryland Bar Center, 520 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland) or off-site, to provide an assessment and recommend available treatment options.  The LAP counselor will provide follow-up to ensure that the client is satisfied with treatment.
  • Intervention: In appropriate situations, a member of the staff and/or committee will plan, rehearse, and facilitate a formal intervention to assist an impaired attorney to get treatment.
  • Peer Support Network: The person in need of assistance will be paired with a lawyer, from the LAP committee, to act as a mentor and provide support.
  • Assist law students with Question #14 on the Bar Application: Law students need to disclose any past/current mental health or substance abuse treatment or problems. The LAP can help support the student in this process.
  • Structured Cases:  In cases involving attorney discipline or admissions problems, LAP will implement a structured program which can document an attorney's or law student's recovery. The Attorney Grievance Commission and/or the Board of Law Examiners will often consider such evidence of recovery when determining discipline or recommendations for admission.
  • Legal Professional 12 Step Support Group:  Meets every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Maryland State Bar Association.
  • Referrals:  Making a referral to the Lawyer Assistance Program is confidential.  If you are concerned about another attorney or judge contact the Lawyer Assistance Program for assistance.
  • Education:  LAP works with law firms, courts and local Bar's to provide orientations and education to help impaired attorneys.

Maryland lawyers, judges, law students and staff don't have to face their problems alone. Moreover, each call serves to chip away at the stigma associated with these diseases that often work to keep lawyers sick and isolated from support and assistance.