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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, (800) 996-5522, or using this online form.

Recent Updates

10 Strategies buttonWELLNESS WORKSHOP

The creator of the 50 Lessons for Lawyers book series will share discuss techniques to overcome stress, build resilience, and make positive changes in your life. The online workshop titled, “10 Strategies to Help You Live a Happier, Healthier, More Resilient Life,” is 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 20, 2023. Register here to attend.


Virtual Support Groups buttonVIRTUAL SUPPORT GROUP

Michigan attorneys and judges are invited to join us for our weekly virtual support groups. Our next sessions begin October 11 and continue through December 6. Contact us to sign up. Learn more 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.