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Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program


To be a good lawyer, one must be a healthy lawyer. However, too many lawyers experience chronic stress and the profession struggles with higher than average rates of depression, problem alcohol use, and suicide.

Lawyers & Judges Assistance Program telephone helpline buttonThe Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program's goal is to support Michigan legal professionals to optimize their general wellness and/or to facilitate involvement in our monitoring program. LJAP serves attorneys who are in good standing, suspended, disbarred, and candidates for reinstatement as well as law students, bar applicants, judges, family members, colleagues, and others.

All services offered by LJAP are confidential as regulated by HIPAA. Services include:

  • Free Consultations for legal professionals and their families
  • Clinical assessments
  • Short-term counseling for law students
  • Monitoring
  • Referrals to properly trained, credentialed, and effective providers
  • Professional training and educational presentations
  • Virtual support group for lawyers
  • Virtual support group for law students

Here to help

Contact us at contactljap@michbar.org, (800) 996-5522, or using this online form.

Recent Updates


The State Bar of Michigan’s next Virtual Wellness Event will take place on Friday, April 26, 2024, at 10 a.m. The 90-minute event, offered for free to all State Bar members, will feature keynote speaker Jordana Confino, who will share her presentation on “Foundations for Flourishing: Leveraging the Science of Positive Psychology for Greater Well-Being, Resilience & Performance. Register to attend here.

 

Commission on Well-Being in the Law buttonWELL-BEING IN THE LAW

The Michigan Supreme Court created the Commission on Well-Being in the Law September 20, 2023, in response to a task force report calling for a series of reforms. The Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program is a partner in this effort. Learn more about the ongoing work to improve lawyer wellbeing here.