The Vermont Lawyers Assistance Program provides confidential, meaningful assistance to lawyers, judges, law students and their families in coping with alcoholism and other addictions, depression, and other personal or professional crises.
VTLAP treats all contact, whether with lawyers, judges, law students, or concerned third parties, with confidentiality. We are exempt from reporting professional misconduct under Rule 8.3. Information between VTLAP volunteers, and a lawyer, judge or law student who seeks assistance, is strictly confidential and will not be disclosed except upon express authority of the affected person.
We try to help Vermont lawyers, judges and law students by:
- Providing advice on coping with mental health and addiction problems.
- Putting you in touch with one of our extensive network of trained volunteer lawyers, even on nights and weekends, when you need to talk to someone who has faced problems like yours.
- Helping you find professional resources and treatment programs in your area or around the country.
- Presenting educational programs on mental health and addiction problems to local bar associations, law firms, judges and law students.
- Providing information on both traditional and non-traditional recovery programs.
- Helping to arrange for interventions in cases where a lawyer's problem is so overwhelming that it is interfering with his or her practice and personal life.
ARTICLES AND LINKS
lawyerswithdepression.com: An excellent resource created by lawyer Dan Lukasik
In order to arrive at what you do not know
You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess
You must go by the way of dispossession.
In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not.
T.S. Eliot, "East Coker"