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Colleagues Need Our Help

    As mentioned in our article in the July/August newsletter, the Lawyer Assistance Committee assists lawyers with any mental health problem that interferes with the ability to function on a day-to-day basis (alcohol, drugs, anxiety, depression, senility, and burnout). 
     The high pressure and stressful nature of our profession has long been linked to high levels of depression and even suicide among lawyers.  Some sobering statistics reflect that lawyers are 3.6 times more likely to suffer from depression than non-lawyers.  Some of the symptoms to look for are isolation, irritability, hopelessness, inability to concentrate, lack of motivation, sleep problems and lack of appetite. 
     We encourage anonymous referrals and our work is strictly confidential.  We meet on the second Wednesday of the month. Again, I reiterate that too many Montgomery County lawyers are sanctioned each year and could be helped if we were contacted in time.  If you have a concern about a colleague, associate or a lawyer on the other side of the case, please contact us.  If you are not comfortable contacting me or my co-chair, Paul Ethridge, this month you may contact Barbara Graham at 301-294-3467 or Marvin Waldman at 301-933-4500.


Deane A. Shure
Paul H. Ethridge


Committee Meetings

March 11, 2015*
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.