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FAQ ... by Bill and Karen

     Welcome Back! We hope your summer was relaxing and fun.  As we start this new Bar year, we wanted to be sure that our membership is aware of what the Lawyer Assistance Committee (“LAC”) of the BAMC is and how we can help you.  Please see below some responses to some frequently asked questions about our Committee.
     1. What is the LAC?   We are a committee made up of members of the BAMC.  We meet monthly to discuss any attorneys that have been referred to us for assistance and plan activities for the benefit of the membership.  
     2. What is a “referral”?  A referral is when we receive information from a Judge or other member that another attorney may be having personal issues that affect his/her practice.  We then reach out to the member to see if we can help.  
     3. What resources does the LAC have?  Through the MSBA and other associations, we can provide contacts for mental health resources, counseling programs, and other support groups.  We hope to expand our list of resources over the coming year.  
     4. Don’t you have to report to the Attorney Grievance Commission?  No.  The LAC is exempt from reporting requirements to the AGC.  Our referrals and discussions are strictly confidential.  
     5. Can I drop in on a LAC meeting? Because of the confidential nature of our discussions, members cannot drop in to LAC meetings without first contacting the Chairs. 
     6. Can I help?  Yes!  If you would like to join LAC or have ideas on how we can serve the membership, please contact either Co-Chair. 

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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.

Co-Chairs

Karen H. Alegi
William E. Hewitt, Jr.

 

Committee Meetings

September 9, 2015
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.