Judges frequently work in isolation, often shielding their problems from colleagues and associates.
The biggest barrier to getting help for a lawyer is the feeling that you are alone and the shame of anyone knowing the pain and fear you are experiencing.
LAW STUDENT ASSISTANCE
The Arkansas Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP) was established in 2000 as a committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court.
ASSESSMENT AND REFERRAL
If you are concerned about yourself, a legal peer, or a family member, assistance is available. Simply call or email us for a free and confidential assessment. We will provide a helping hand.
JLAP provides helpful resources from self-screening to mental health and well-being services offered online or in your region of the state.
We help judges, lawyers and law students find personal solutions now!
The Mission of JLAP
To protect the interests of clients, litigants, and the general public from harm caused by impaired lawyers or judges.
To assist impaired members of the legal profession to begin and continue recovery
To educate the bench and the bar to the causes of and remedies for impairments affecting members of the legal profession.
JLAP provides mental health services to Arkansas judges, lawyers, their family members, and law students. Common issues that challenge our legal community include:
Stress and Burnout
Anxiety, Depression, or other Mood Disorders
Process addictions, such as food, sex, gambling, internet
Grief and loss
Balancing the demands of practice and family
Judges, lawyers, and law students need to know when they call or come to JLAP that their involvement with JLAP and their conversations with JLAP staff, committee, agents (referrals), or volunteers are confidential. JLAP client confidentiality is protected by the Arkansas Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program Rule 10.
This umbrella extends JLAP confidentiality to include a vetted network of volunteers.
Volunteers are an integral component of JLAP’s mission to extend services throughout the state of Arkansas. Our volunteers may provide peer support when a judge, lawyer or law student calls for assistance. JLAP volunteers also serve as speakers who help educate the legal profession about addiction and mental health problems.