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Colleagues Need Our Help

    The Lawyer Assistance Committee helps lawyers who are having difficulties due to such things as depression, alcohol, drugs, burnout, senility or family issues. WE ARE NOT THE STAR CHAMBER and under no circumstances do we contact Bar Counsel. We have always explicitly stressed strict confidentiality and as a member of this Committee for many years your oldest co-chair is confident in the absence of a breach of confidentiality.
     Each year a substantial number of Montgomery County attorneys are sanctioned by Bar Counsel. We want to help before Bar Counsel is involved, as then the ship has sailed. Lawyers are nearly 4 times more likely to suffer from depression than the general population and we rank 4th among all professions in suicides.
     Referrals can be anonymous and come from judges, lawyers, partners, colleagues, spouses, friends or adversaries. Please contact us when you observe a problem so we can help a fellow member of the Bar.

Co-Chairs

Deane A. Shure
Paul H. Ethridge

 

Committee Meetings

April 8, 2015
May 13, 2015
*to be held in the Lower Level Conference Room

Meetings will be held at 5:00P.M. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the upstairs conference room of the Bar Association building, located at 27 West Jefferson St., Rockville, MD, unless otherwise noted.