Lawyer Assistance Program

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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.

Upcoming Events

LAP Virtual Wellness Series—Contact Beth Eckhardt at to pre-register.

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 Motivational Support
  • Treatment Referrals
  • Law Practice Closings
  • Monitoring Program (Court Ordered on Voluntary)

Contact Us Today

24-Hour Confidential Helpline for Lawyers in Need

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

The NCBA Lawyer Assistance Program is directed by Beth Eckhardt, PhD, and the Lawyer Assistance Committee is chaired by Jacqueline A. Cara, 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.