Idaho Lawyers Assistance Program

The mission of the Idaho Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) is to provide support for lawyers who are experiencing problems associated with substance abuse and/or mental health issues in a safe manner, preserving the reputation and trust of the attorney. All information is 100% confidential and will not be reported to the Idaho State Bar.

The program also focuses on educating legal professionals and their family and friends about the causes, effects and treatment of alcohol and drug dependency, depression, and other mental health problems. Judges and attorneys volunteer their time to assist lawyers who suffer with these issues through the appropriate resources.

When calling the 24/7 confidential phone line, you will receive...

  • Guidance for lawyers in need of assistance or referral sources
  • Information relating to alcohol/drug education, mental health treatment, interventions, monitoring, and/or family support
  • Guidance for re-entering the workplace
  • Assistance in finding lawyers who volunteer time as a temporary replacement for those lawyers entering a treatment program
  • Recommendations for appropriate treatment centers

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues in the Legal Profession

Alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental health problems are treatable illnesses that affect a great number of professionals, including lawyers and judges. Reports now estimate that while 10% of the general population has problems with alcohol abuse, 15-18% of the legal profession battles the same problem. Since many lawyers and judges tend to be overachievers who carry an enormous workload, the inclination to “escape” through the use of drugs and alcohol is prevelant in the legal community. These daily pressures can lead to inordinate amounts of stress and mental illness. Recent national reports have shown that a majority of disciplinary problems involve chemical dependency or emotional stress. The effects can be devastating - both to the individual and to those around them. Fortunately, there is help.

You are not alone - if you are concerned about ...

  • Your own use of alcohol or other drugs
  • The use of alcohol or drugs by a partner or associate
  • A fellow attorney or judge who you see is affected by the use of alcohol or other drugs
  • You or a fellow attorney’s inability to handle matters due to depression or other forms of mental illness
  • ... Contact the LAP for assistance.

Who to Call

For assistance or to make a referral, please contact:

Southworth Associates
5530 W. Emerald
Boise, ID   83706

John Southworth, CADC - Program Coordinator
Lisa Reeser, Assistant
(208) 323-9555  office
(208) 891-4726 cellular
(800) 386-1695  toll free
(208) 323-9222 facsimile
E-mail: Southworth.associates@gmail.com
Website:www.southworthassociates.net

LAP Committee Members

Jamie C. Shropshire, Chair - Lewiston
Phone: (208) 746-7948
Cell: (208) 305-2344

Hon. Daniel T. Eismann - Boise
Phone: (208) 334-2149
Rebecca L. O'Neill - Boise
Phone: (208) 493-0405

Hon. Phillip M. Becker - Gooding
Phone: (208) 934-4141

James P. Hannon - Coeur d'Alene
Phone: (208) 676-8776
Cell: (208) 818-1792

Bruce M. Perry - Boise
Cell: (208) 867-9000

Kevin S. Borger - Boise
Phone: (208) 384-3870
Cell: (208) 440-4754

Amanda C. Horton - Boise
Phone: (208) 384-3874
Joseph N. Pirtle - Boise
Phone: (208) 395-7144

Ronald D. Christian - Caldwell
Phone: (208) 571-2149

James D. Huegli - Boise
Phone: (208) 860-8659
Hon. Thomas J. Ryan - Caldwell
Phone: (208) 454-7371

Hon. Gregory M. Culet - Nampa
Phone: (208) 454-7319

Angela S. Kaufmann - Boise
Phone: (208) 332-8509

Thomas M. Vasseur - Coeur d'Alene
Phone: (208) 664-4457
Cell: (208) 819-1100

Brian N. Donesley - Boise
Phone: (208) 343-3851
Thomas H. Lopez - Boise
Phone: (208) 336-2455
John Southworth - Statewide Outreach
(Non-Lawyer Committee Member)
Phone: (208) 891-4726

Yvonne A. Dunbar - Boise
Phone: (208) 344-5800

Hon. Daniel B. Meehl - Twin Falls
Phone: (208) 733-8310
 

 

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