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Bar News - May 20, 2015


Lawyer Assistance Program Has New Office, Blog, Annual Report

The NH Lawyers Assistance Program has a new home and has launched some new services, NHLAP Executive Director Cecie Blakeslee Hartigan recently announced.

NHLAP, a nonproft that provides confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, law students and their families in coping with alcoholism, addiction, depression and other personal or professional crises, recently opened a new office at 2 Beacon St. in Concord.

In addition, NHLAP will soon release its comprehensive 2014 annual report, including some data on NHLAP operations and a message from John Tobin, chairman of the NHLAP Board of Directors.

Nearly two-thirds (61 percent) of the attorneys NHLAP assists are in solo practice, with an additional 16 percent working in firms of two to five attorneys, according to the report. Ten percent of NHLAP clients are students. In addition, two-thirds of the attorneys NHLAP assists are men, and an almost equal percentage (65 percent) are self-referred. The rest are referred by third parties.

The report also found that 28 percent of attorneys who contacted NHLAP in 2014 were dealing with excess stress, and 30 percent were having issues with alcohol. Another 19 percent reported depression. Other problems cited by attorneys contacting NHLAP included family, aging and other medical issues.

A complete set of facts and figures can be found in the full report, which will be released later this month and will be available at www.lapnh.org.

NHLAP has taken on an intern this spring, Michael DuBois. DuBois is a 2014 graduate of Fordham University School of Law and a 2008 graduate of Georgetown University. His past work includes stints at large and midsize law firms, as well as a clerkship at the Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

DuBois is a legal professional in recovery and looks forward to spearheading a number of projects at NHLAP, including a new blog, which can be accessed through the NHLAP website.

Topics to be covered on the blog include mental health and substance abuse issues encountered by legal professionals, stress in the legal profession and issues common to solo practitioners, as well as events and developments at NHLAP, and mindfulness exercises. The blog will also feature news about the 2015 ABA Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs, taking place this October in Albuquerque, NM.

For confidential assistance, contact NHLAP toll-free at (877) 224-6060.

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