If you are at risk of losing your license and losing your identity as a lawyer, The Virginia Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program provides 100% free, confidential and non-disciplinary services, including: short-term and long-term counseling and crisis management, intervention assistance, assessments, referrals to outside resources, long-term aftercare case management and follow up, as well as on-going support.
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Know a colleague who needs help?
If you are a lawyer, you have a legal ethical obligation to uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct. If you suspect another colleague or judge may be under the influence or suffering from a mental health issue, you have a responsibility 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.
The Virginia Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program will act as your safety valve. You can report that judge or lawyer, and we won’t tell the State Bar. Everything stays 100% confidential.