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VJLAP Annual (Virtual) Retreat

September 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - September 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

 ** TECHNICAL INFORMATION AND JOINING THE RETREAT WEBINAR: Retreat Logistics (Hyperlinked Instructions HERE)**

VJLAP Annual (Virtual) Retreat: Two Days – Six Sessions – Join Us!

September 17th (1:00 – 4:00 pm) & 18th (9:00 am – Noon)


The 16th Annual VJLAP Fall Retreat will be held virtually this year on Thursday, September 17th (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 3 sessions) and Friday, September 18th (9:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 sessions). The agenda is provided below. Registration is required prior to joining the sessions. Registration affords participants the opportunity to attend one, some, or all of the sessions. Attendance will be tracked for CLE purposes only (CLE credits are pending). REGISTER HERE NOW!

The Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (VJLAP, formerly Lawyers Helping Lawyers) and our partners are excited to bring the 16th Annual VJLAP Retreat (Retreat) to Virginia’s legal community, online and free of charge. Rates of addiction, anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, burnout, and suicide are higher in the legal profession due to its unique occupational risks and stressors. Lawyers are two times more likely to have problems with substance use, and one-third of lawyers suffer from a mental health crisis at some point in their careers. These problems, when unaddressed, can impact an attorney’s competence and could result in violations of an attorney’s ethical obligations.

VJLAP supports prevention, awareness, and early intervention and, should a problem arise, connects clients to resources available to address and manage. Connection is a key to recovery and the shared experience of the retreat seeks to promote that. The Retreat’s six sessions are designed to educate participants about, improve the understanding regarding, address the impact of, and review the responses available to address the acute risks within the legal profession of experiencing concerns related to mental health or substance use disorders.



Thursday, September 17

  •  1:00-2:00 pm             Building a Better Workplace Wellness Initiative – Ogden (Details)
  •  2:00-3:00 pm            Proposed Rule Bans Lawyers Having Sex with Clients – Brennan/McCauley (Details)
  •  3:00-4:00 pm            High Stakes Performance Training – Hood (Details)

Friday, September 18

  •  9:00-10:00 am         Addiction is Not a Moral Failure – Loyd (Details)
  • 10:00-11:00 am        Codependence in the Legal Profession – Rakes (Details)
  • 11:00 am-noon          Wellness in Virginia’s Legal Community – Mims (Details)


 Special Thanks to Our Retreat Sponsors:

The Virginia Law Foundation

McGuire Woods

Hunton Andrews Kurth, LLP

Old Dominion Bar Association

Bradford Health

Special Appreciation to Our Retreat Partners:

Virginia CLE, The Virginia Law Foundation

The Virginia Lawyers Wellness Initiative, Office of the Executive Secretary, Virginia Supreme Court




September 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
September 18, 2020 @ 12:00 pm


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