Important changes to VJLAP’s 12-Step and Wellness Support Meetings:

1. Effective immediately, the Monday 12-Step Support Meetings will commence at 6:30 PM instead of 8:00 PM. VJLAP will no longer host a Monday 12-Step Support Meeting at 8:00 PM. Changes will be made to the event calendar.
2. After 04/08/24, there will no longer be Monday Wellness Support Meetings at 6:30 PM. If you are interested in such a meeting, there is a Thursday Wellness Support Meeting (1, 3 and 5th Thursday of the month). Changes will be made to the event calendar.
3. Effective immediately, there will no longer be a Wednesday 12-Step Meeting at 6:00 PM. There is a Wednesday 12-Step Meeting at 5:30PM and a meeting on the 1, 3 & 5th Monday of the month at 6:30PM. Changes will be made to the event calendar.
4. Please also note the Thursday Wellness Support Meetings that had been every Thursday will only be the 1, 3 & 5 Thursday of the month. Changes will be made to the event calendar.

Thank you for your attention to these updates. If there are questions, please reach out to Barbara Mardigian at

How We Can Help

The Virginia Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program provides a collection of highly effective services tailored to meet the needs of each individual judge. We assist judges in:

  • Conducting assessments
  • Establishing and monitoring rehabilitation contracts
  • Offering peer support and counseling 
  • Planning and implementing interventions
  • Providing treatment referrals
  • Verifying a problem

The good news is that judges in the legal community who get help have an excellent chance of recovering.

Renew your sense of hope by starting your journey toward recovery today: 804-644-3212.

Know a colleague who needs help?

As a judge, you also spend a lot of time with lawyers. You are one of the first people who may notice when lawyers start acting differently. If you suspect a lawyer or another colleague may be practicing under the influence of alcohol or drugs or may be suffering from a mental health disorder, you have a legal ethical obligation to report him or her. 

Lawyers are adept at hiding their problematic behavior. In many cases, long standing impairment first becomes obvious when the lawyer gets into trouble for misbehavior. Poor preparation, erratic behavior, showing up to work late and missing court dates can be an indicator of substance abuse issues or mental health problems. In each case, what is needed is a change in the lawyer’s behavior.

Our services can get that lawyer or judge the free, confidential help he or she needs without involving the State Bar.

Need Help?
(or know someone who does?)
Call Our 24-Hour Confidential Help Line
Refer a Colleague:
Contact Us