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:
Annual 12-Step Retreat for Lawyers
Stress Management/Wellness Workshops at the NCBA, Law Schools and Law Firms
Intervention and Motivational Support
Law Practice Closings
Monitoring Program (Court Ordered on Voluntary)
The NCBA Lawyer Assistance Program is directed by Beth Eckhardt, PhD, and the Lawyer Assistance Committee is chaired by Henry Kruman, Esq.
This program is supported by grants from the WE CARE Fund, a part of the Nassau Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Nassau County Bar Association, and NYS Office of Court Administration.
*Strict confidentiality protected by § 499 of the Judiciary Law.