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Because of the sensitive nature of addiction and psychological problems, law students, attorneys, or judges who need help -- or want to assist someone else who might need help -- are often reluctant to seek assistance. Recognizing this concern, and in order to foster early and confidential contact, the Vermont Supreme Court, through its rule, protects the confidentiality of all contacts between those who utilize the program and the volunteers of VTLAP. Any information between VTLAP, and a lawyer, judge or law student who seeks assistance, is strictly confidential and will not be disclosed except upon express, written release by the affected person.

To review provisions rules governing VTLAP’s confidentiality of information, please see Vermont Supreme Court Conduct, Rule 8.3 (a).