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  Thank You!

Law Day Program a Success!     

We would like to send sincere thanks to all of the professionals who made our first Lawyer Assistance Committee Law Day Program a success!  
     We especially thank our sponsor for the program, Dr. Fred Oeltjen of the Maryland Counseling Centers, Inc.  With Dr. Oeltjen’s support we were able to present a nationally known speaker on wellness and productivity, Dr. Cynthia Ackrill.  
Dr. Oeltjen is a clinical psychologist who has worked in the fields of substance dependency and abuse for over 30 years.  His Counseling Center provides treatment programs for those dealing with drug or alcohol abuse, DWIs, and also an intensive multiple offender treatment program.  
     Dr. Oeltjen’s programs have been certified by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Courts and has offices in Rockville, Frederick and Mt. Airy.  Learn more about Dr. Oeltjen at
     We also want to thank our wonderful Panel members for their insight into Attorney Best Practices with us.  Thank you Judge Nelson Rupp, Lynn Boynton and Chris Flohr for your time and support of our program!  
     Our featured speaker Dr. Cynthia Ackrill discussed how to re-train our brain to be more productive and efficient at our profession.  You can get more information on Dr. Ackrill at  
     We look forward to seeing you at future LAC programs!


     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,

Mind Tools


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.


Committee Meetings

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.