Lawyer Assistance Program

24-hour Confidential Helpline for Lawyers in Need

Call (516) 512-2618 or (888) 408-6222 


The NCBA Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) is here for you! LAP is offering confidential professional counseling sessions via, a HIPAA compliant telehealth video platform. Please do not hesitate to call Beth Eckhardt, LAP Director, at (516) 512-2618 or (888) 408-6662 to set up an appointment. You will be sent an invitation with a link to her “waiting room.”


St. Thomas Moore meeting—a recovery meeting for the legal community.

Wednesdays at 12:30 on ZOOM.

For meeting credentials contact (516) 512-2618.

Lawyers experience substance abuse and mental health problems at significantly higher rates the general population and other professionals. The Nassau County Bar Association Lawyer Assistance Program provides a range of services to lawyers, judges, law Students, and their immediate family members who are struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, depression, anxiety, stress, as well as other addictions and mental health issues*.
LAP services are free and strictly confidential via Section 499 of the Judiciary Law and the Rule of Professional Conduct. LAP is completely independent of the grievance committees of the Appellate Division and NCBA.
LAP Services include:

  • Consultation
  • Evaluation/Assessment
  • Supportive Counseling
  • Peer Support
  • Group Support
  • Annual 12 Step Retreat for Lawyers
  • Stress Management/Wellness Workshops at the NCBA, Law Schools and Law Firms
  • Intervention and Motivation Support
  • Treatment referrals
  • Law practice closings
  • Monitoring Program (Court Ordered or Voluntary)
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NCBA has adopted the NYSBA Model Policy for law firms/legal departments for addressing impairments.
NCBA Lawyer Assistance Program 
Committee Chair: Henry Kruman
Director: Elizabeth Eckhardt, LCSW, PhD
*The NCBA takes the firm position that alcoholism, substance abuse, addictive behavior and psychological problems are treatable illnesses rather than moral issues.
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