Lawyer Assistance Program
The North Dakota Lawyer Assistance Program (“LAP”) was created in 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 alcohol or drug abuse, stress, depression, or practice management.
Signs of Lawyer Impairment:
Often Late or Leaving Early
Long Lunches or not returning after lunch
Missing appointments or schedules appearances
Inability to concentrate
Attitude and Behavior
Deterioration of personal appearance
Withdrawal or avoidance of others
Irritability, angry outbursts, hostile attitude, or mood swings
How LAP Works
Fill out the LAP Referral Form
Download the LAP Brochure