We hope you enjoyed your summer “break” and welcome you back to a new bar year! Here is just a reminder about what the Lawyer Assistance Committee (LAC) is and what we do.
The LAC is made up of your fellow members of the BAMC including private practitioners, members of the State’s Attorney’s Office as well as judges. Our mission is to be a resource for members who are experiencing difficulty in their personal and professional lives. Members can “refer” a fellow attorney who they suspect may need assistance.
These referrals are confidential and not disclosed beyond the LAC. Our Committee is exempt from the reporting requirements to the Attorney Grievance Commission. So you will not get a colleague in trouble for referring him or her to LAC! Our goal is to get help for the attorney, not to make things worse.
LAC can help an attorney get assistance for issues including depression, alcohol and drug abuse, stress and burnout, practice closure, and other types of counseling. Please contact the LAC chairs or any member with concerns.
LAC Accepting Applications for New Members
We are always looking to develop the diversity of the LAC and encourage new members to apply.
If you are interested in the LAC, please email Karen or Bill for more information.
Thank you for reading!
If you often find yourself feeling angry and upset for long periods of time, please look into these and other resources. The LAC is a resource for you so please let us know if you need help with this, or any other issue affecting your wellbeing or your practice.
American Psychological Association, http://www.apa.org/topics/anger/control.aspx
Mind Tools https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newTCS_97.htm.
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.
September 14, 2016
October 19, 2016
November 9, 2016
January 11, 2017
February 8, 2017
March 8, 2017
April 12, 2017
May 10, 2017
June 14, 2017
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.