Montgomery, Ala., April 9, 2007 - Andrew Brindley of Birmingham, has been named assistant director of the Alabama State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program (ALAP) according to Executive Director Keith B. Norman.
"The skills and professionalism that Andrew brings to our lawyer assistance program will help us to continue our work for addiction treatment assistance within the legal community. We fully recognize the practice of law is a privilege and, as such, we hold lawyers, judges and law students accountable for behavioral change," said ALAP Director Jeanne Marie Leslie.
Brindley received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama and earned a graduate degree in counseling and guidance from the University of Montevallo. He is a licensed professional counselor. Brindley's responsibilities will include providing educational outreach and confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, law students and their families who may be impaired.
He will be responsible for maintaining relationships within the legal community and with treatment providers to develop educational programs, recruiting and training volunteer lawyers to assist with program services, and working with local and specialty bar associations' that have created Lawyers Helping Lawyers programs in the state. He will also work closely with the state bar's Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee and the American Bar Association's Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.
Before joining the state bar, Brindley worked for the past eight years at Bradford Health Services in Birmingham as a counselor, trainer and workplace intervention specialist. He has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Montevallo and a registered lobbyist.
Created in 1985, ALAP assists legal professionals with chemical dependency and/or psychological problems, providing evaluation, assessment and referral services, peer and facilitated support, aftercare programs, and monitoring services. The program provides assistance for problems associated with drug, alcohol, gambling, food, and sexual addictions, problems resulting from depression, and other mental health problems, as well as other issues which may affect a lawyer's ability to function competently.
The Alabama State Bar is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility, competence and
satisfaction of its members; improving the administration of justice, and; increasing public understanding and respect for the law.