The Lawyer Assistance Committee of the BAMC, formerly known as the Lawyer to Lawyer Committee, traces its origins back more than 30 years. After losing a member in crisis, the Association established a Committee to address the needs of members who were suffering from alcoholism, drug use and other personal problems.
Today, the Lawyer Assistance Committee serves our Association by connecting members with resources to help you deal with the stresses and challenges of your practice. This may include counseling services, support groups and individual advice and support.
It is probably no surprise to you that our profession ranks in the top ten for rates of depression and suicide. The cause of those trends will not surprise you either. The list is endless; too much work, not enough work, clients, cases, partners, deadlines.
This issue is so important that MSBA President, the Honorable Pamela J. Brown, has made the health of Maryland lawyers one of her initiatives this year. She announced the formation of a task force to “identify factors that impact the emotional and physical well-being of attorneys and educate members of the bench and bar about wellness issues and available resources.” Brown, Creating Our Own Future, Maryland Bar Journal, Sept. 2015. Our President, Lynn Caudle Boynton, Esq. is equally committed to the cause.
Our Mission Statement is as follows:
The BAMC Lawyer Assistance Committee is comprised of members of our association whose sole purpose is to help our colleagues. We are a resource put in place to help lawyers, including those whose practices may be adversely affected, to better cope with such problems as depression, substance abuse, personal problems, stress, burnout, etc.
All referrals to the Committee are strictly confidential and may be anonymous. This confidentiality is statutory. (See, Bus. & Occup. Art. § 10-502). The Maryland Lawyers Rules of Professional Conduct exempt from reporting requirements information received in the course of participation in our assistance program. (See, Rule 8.3 (c) ). Referrals to our committee come from Judges, members of the Bar, family and friends. We respond whenever the need for assistance presents itself.
Our committee has resources, professional and otherwise, that can help colleagues who find themselves in crisis. We strive to assist so as to minimize any negative effect on lawyers and their practices.
Karen H. Alegi
William E. Hewitt, Jr.
October 14, 2015
November 10, 2015
December 9, 2015
January 13, 2016
February 10, 2016
March 9, 2016
April 13, 2016
May 11, 2016
Meetings will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the upstairs conference room of the
Bar Association building, located at 27 West Jefferson St., Rockville,
MD, unless otherwise noted.