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Candace McCown, LMSW is the newest addition to AR Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program. She is the agency's full-time therapist. Serving as a Mental Health Professional, she serves the clients as well as focuses on the well-being component. With experience working in non-profit, for-profit and governmental agencies, she is well-rounded to work alongside and assist our clients across the board.

A native of Arkansas, she earned her MSW at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She enjoys spending time with her husband and her two toddlers, who keep her far too busy.

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Laura earned her MSW degree from UALR and has been a clinical social worker for over 20 years. She has family ties to the Arkansas legal community and with that comes a deep understanding of JLAP clients and their needs. Laura has worked extensively with the judges, lawyers, and their families as well as serving law students.  Her personal commitment and professional experiences have given her a clear sense of the struggles our legal community faces. She has been with JLAP since 2012 and is excited about the future of AR JLAP. Laura has two amazing daughters whom she loves to spend time with especially traveling. She is an accomplished artist and has been proclaimed a “foodie” by her friends & family.


Jennifer Donaldson is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, specializing in the effects of trauma & the professional's health. She comes to JLAP from private wellness practice, Broken Crayons Therapeutic Services, where she practiced from the premise that we all being “broken crayons”, are still able to color with a vivid purpose.

As the Executive Director of the Arkansas Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program, she oversees the provision of mental health services provided & the daily operations of the overall program.  Jennifer also brings a vision for future growth & program development statewide.