Lawyer Assistance Program
The North Dakota Lawyer Assistance Program (“LAP”) was created in August 2004, pursuant to ND Supreme Court Administrative Rule 49. The program’s purpose is “to prevent and alleviate problems that adversely affect a lawyer’s performance.”
LAP is operated by a six-member Lawyer Assistance Committee (“the Committee”). Members serve three-year terms, and are appointed by the State Bar Board of Governors and the Chief Justice.
Confidentiality is the hallmark of the program - information, including communications with committee members, the affected lawyer, program staff and treatment professionals may not be disclosed without consent of the lawyer, except when disclosure is necessary to prevent the commission of an act likely to result in imminent bodily harm.
Who should participate in LAP?
Lawyers struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues that impact law practice administration or compromise professional competence.
See menu items above for How LAP works, and LAP Referral Form.