The Stephen Chapple Memorial Scholarship Fund
Through the Stephen Chapple Memorial Scholarship Fund, we are able to provide financial treatment assistance for lawyers and judges who are suffering professional impairment as a result of substance abuse or mental health issues. Stephen Chapple was an Assistant Attorney General and an active and loyal supporter of the Richmond Lawyers Helping Lawyers program.
Qualification for the scholarship fund is at the sole discretion of The Virginia Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program.
Financial assistance will be in the form of loans only and will not typically exceed $5,000 for any one person at any one time.
All payments from the fund will be made directly to treatment facilities or health care professionals. In no event will any payment be made directly to the lawyer or judge seeking treatment.
The lawyer or judge who obtains financial help from the fund will sign a promissory note payable to the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Stephen C. Chapple Memorial Scholarship Fund (LHL – Chapple Fund) calling for repayment as we direct.
The terms of repayment will be at our sole discretion; provided, however, that each promissory note contains a provision that in the event treatment is terminated against medical advice, or in our sole opinion a relapse occurs before repayment of the loan, the loan may become immediately due and payable in full at our discretion.
So long as the lawyer or judge who has obtained financial assistance from the fund is making timely, scheduled payments, no extra reporting to the fund concerning the loan other than current address will be required. We may need more reporting requirements as, in its sole discretion, it deems necessary.
The name of the person receiving a scholarship loan from the fund will not be made public and will be kept in confidence.
We will keep current records of loans and repayments and will provide the VJLAP Board of Directors with an annual report. Such reports will include the current fund balance, the number of loans processed since the last reporting period, the number of loans outstanding at the time of the report, the names of health care facilities receiving funds since the last report, and the amounts thereof, the status of repayments, and such other information as we may agree is necessary.
We will tell our Board of Directors at any time upon request about the status of repayments. All such reports will be written in a way to protect the identity of the loan recipients.
For more information on applying for a Chapple Fund Loan, contact us.