a. LAP works on a referral basis, with referrals from:
District Inquiry Committees, Disciplinary Board or the ND Supreme Court
The State Board of Bar Examiners can refer applicants or re-applicants, or
A lawyer may self-refer
b. Referrals are assigned to a Committee member, who meets with the lawyer and conducts an intake evaluation and screening.
c. The Committee reviews the intake evaluation to determine whether the lawyer is an appropriate candidate for LAP.
d. If accepted, an individualized assistance plan (IAP) is developed to address the particular issues of concern. The lawyer must commit to all plan requirements. The Committee monitors the lawyer’s progress and compliance.
e. After the lawyer completes all requirements of his or her individual plan, the Committee issues a report of compliance and the file is closed.
For more information about the Lawyer Assistance Program, contact the State Bar Association at 255-1404.