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.
Reach the 24-Hour Hotline by dialing 866-460-9014. When calling this 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
Who to Call
For assistance or to make a referral, please contact:
5530 W. Emerald
Boise, ID 83706
Eden Minnick, Assistant
Alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental health problems are treatable illnesses that affect a great number of professionals, including lawyers and judges. A 2016 study by the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation found alcohol use disorders and mental health problems are occurring in the legal profession at higher rates than in other professions and the general public. 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 prevalent in the legal community. These daily pressures can lead to inordinate amounts of stress and mental illness. 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.
- Idaho Lawyer Assistance Program Training Videos
- Model Law Firm Impairment Policy
- American Bar Association Audio Webinar
I've Got Your Back; You've Got My Ear: Suicide Prevention in the Legal Profession
Program Recording | Material
- ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs Resources
Articles and Information
- ABA CLE Program
The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change (Oct. 16, 2017)
- Additional Articles & Informational Resources
Is there a Substance Dependent or Drug Addicted Lawyer in Life? And What to Do if There Is.
December 2017 Wyoming Lawyer open letter from the President of the WY Bar - "The Conversation I Wish I Had"
A Prosecutor's Life After Meth
17 Statistics on Drug Abuse Among Lawyers
How Lawyers Can Avoid Burnout and Debilitating Anxiety
Lawyers with Depression Website
The Resilient Lawyer
Attorney Mental Health and Wellness
Loving Life as a Lawyer: How to Maintain Joy in Your Work
The Gen Why Lawyer Podcast on Mental Health
Voices of Recovery Series
The Psychology Podcast: How to Be a Happy Lawyer
ABA Asked and Answered: How Lawyers Can Bring Mindfulness Into Their Practice
**The above programming is intended for educational purposes only and does not meet mandatory continuing legal education requirements in Idaho. You will not receive CLE credit for viewing/listening.
LAP Committee Members
Phone: (208) 305-2344
Phone: (208) 608-7950
Cell: (208) 440-4754
Phone: (208) 571-2149
Phone: (208) 454-7375
Phone: (208) 344-5800
Phone: (208) 676-8776
Cell: (208) 818-1792
Phone: (208) 345-7000
Phone: (208) 830-4319
Phone: (208) 642-6019
Phone: (208) 478-2046
Phone: (208) 907-1529
Phone: (208) 344-5457
Phone: (208) 342-1948
Phone: (208) 733-8310
Phone: (208) 937-2251
Phone: (208) 947-7437
Phone: (208) 343-5454
Phone: (208) 465-5412
Phone: (208) 557-5211
Phone: (208) 664-4457
Cell: (208) 819-1100
Phone: (208) 365-4548
Cell: (208) 890-2609