Lawyers Assistance Program

Members

Members

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Chairperson
 
PO Box 2026
Huntsville, AL 35804
-2026
(256) 533-3333 (256) 539-8511
Co-Vice Chairpersons
 
PO Box 59292
Homewood, AL 35259
-9292
(205) 879-0088 (205) 871-0078
Co-Vice Chairpersons
 
228 Holmes Ave NE Fl 9
Huntsville, AL 35801
-4886
(256) 533-2000 (256) 533-2010
Executive Council
 
445 Dexter Ave Ste 9075
Montgomery, AL 36104
-3775
(334) 956-7607 (334) 956-7807
 
 
5336 Stadium Trace Pkwy Ste 206
Hoover, AL 35244
-0000
(205) 278-6650 (205) 278-6654
 
 
2340 Woodcrest Pl
Birmingham, AL 35209
-1331
(205) 222-3837 (205) 802-7083
 
 
1040 Broadway Park Apt 514
Homewood, AL 35209
-6231
(205) 420-9088
 
 
114 S Broad St
Scottsboro, AL 35768
-1730
(256) 574-9999 (256) 999-0288
 
 
PO Box 1052
Cullman, AL 35056
-1052
(256) 734-6330 (256) 734-7540
 
 
PO Box 43
Mobile, AL 36601
-0043
(251) 433-7600 (251) 433-4485
 
 
300 Office Park Dr Ste 160
Mountain Brk, AL 35223
-2415
(205) 802-0696 (205) 969-8182
 
 
100 Vestavia Pkwy
Vestavia, AL 35216
-7713
(205) 822-2006 (205) 822-2057
 
 
400 Vestavia Pkwy Ste 100
Vestavia, AL 35216
-3750
(205) 824-8867
 
 
PO Box 1103
Dothan, AL 36302
-1103
(334) 671-7169 (844) 403-9030
 
 
2956 Rhodes Cir S
Birmingham, AL 35205
-1343
(205) 822-9334 (205) 508-2085
 
 
PO Box 848
Anniston, AL 36202
-0848
(256) 236-2543 (256) 236-2556
 
 
2102 Cahaba Rd Ste D
Birmingham, AL 35223
-1140
(205) 870-8655 (205) 870-1139
 
 
605 6th St W
Jasper, AL 35501
-3716
(205) 275-0285
 
 
400 Vestavia Pkwy Ste 100
Vestavia, AL 35216
-3750
(205) 276-1286
 
 
504 S Perry St
Montgomery, AL 36104
-4616
(334) 676-3313 (334) 416-8268
 
 
2320 Arlington Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35205
-4112
(205) 930-9800 (205) 930-9809
 
 
100 Vestavia Pkwy
Vestavia, AL 35216
-7713
(205) 822-2006 (205) 822-2057
 
 
2323 2nd Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203
-3807
(205) 327-8313 (205) 278-9213
 
 
203 Chinnabee Ln
Munford, AL 36268
-7099
(205) 745-7053
 
 
112 Lauderdale St
Selma, AL 36701
-4613
(334) 526-0751
 
 
714 Greensboro Ave Ste 519
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
-0907
(205) 345-8200
 
 
PO Box 466
West Point, GA 31833
-0466
(706) 645-1381 (706) 643-4510
 
 
420 20th St N Ste 1900
Birmingham, AL 35203
-3212
(205) 328-1900 (205) 328-6000
 
 
801 Forrest Ave Ste 307
Gadsden, AL 35901
-3668
(256) 549-5370 (256) 439-6032
 
 
140 Yeager Pkwy
Pelham, AL 35124
-1859
(205) 663-3363 (205) 663-9464
 
 
PO Box 11366
Birmingham, AL 35202
-1366
(205) 250-8427 (205) 328-1958
 
 
3000 Crescent Ave
Birmingham, AL 35209
-2524
(205) 607-0225
 
 
1821 Fox Meadow Trl
Cullman, AL 35055
-9486
(205) 907-4822
 
 
PO Box 301501
Montgomery, AL 36130
-1501
(334) 353-3883 (334) 353-3891
 
 
307 S Mckenzie St Ste 101
Foley, AL 36535
-1947
(251) 943-9330 (251) 943-9331
 
 
1801 5th Ave N Ste 400
Birmingham, AL 35203
-2104
(205) 502-0100 (205) 322-1163
 
 
PO Box 232
Columbiana, AL 35051
-0232
(205) 671-0122 (205) 314-5799
 
 
PO Box 55727
Birmingham, AL 35255
-5727
(205) 930-5219 (205) 212-3814
 
 
931 Sharit Ave Ste 219
Gardendale, AL 35071
-5004
(205) 631-8004 (888) 771-2201
Staff Liaison
 
PO Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101
-0671
(334) 517-2242 (334) 261-6310
Staff Liaison
 
P.O. Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101
(334) 269-1515

Purpose & Scope

Members of the Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee are volunteers who assist in the implementation of services provided by the Alabama Lawyer Assistant Program and serve active roles in the planning and developing of policies and procedures to assist ALAP in carrying out its’ mission. The recognized concepts of intervention, peer support and accountability have proven effective in helping lawyers in need take the necessary steps toward recovery. The value and effectiveness of these techniques, carried out by other lawyers who are themselves in recovery or who have had personal experiences in dealing with these illnesses, is invaluable. Committee members also assist ALAP in providing educational programs to promote awareness about these issues.

 

During this year the Alabama Lawyers Assistance Program will focus primarily on the following areas by preparing and offering educational programs, articles, CLE training, and other presentations as appropriate or needed.

 

(1) The reality of alcoholism, addiction and mental health issues among Alabama attorneys
(2) The reality of stress and how it particularly affects lawyers
(3) The reality of an aging lawyer population and the inevitable increase in cognitive decline due to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia
(4) Study of The Path to Lawyer Well-Being, a report published by the ABA’s National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, and released this month and sharing this report with other committees and task forces of the Alabama State Bar to promote health and wellness.

 

In addition to the four primary topics listed above, the Lawyer Assistance Program shall continue this year to be guided by the following five core competencies.


Assure the highest Standards of Bar Admission, Professional Conduct, and Professional Competence and Service.

 

A) Bar Admissions

In keeping with the Bar’s long term plan to ensure admission standards are current and consistent with the best practices nationally,

    1. Members of the Admissions sub Committee will continue to review the manner in which addiction and other mental or emotional issues impact the character and fitness process.
    2. Members of the ALAP Admissions sub-committee will continue reviewing alternatives to address and foster admission procedures. The urgency that surrounds Bar Exam deadlines and admission requirements impacts character and fitness decisions. The Admissions sub-committee is reviewing other states admission procedures and will submit a report with recommendations.
    3. Develop a training program for character and fitness committee panels to ensure panel members are educated about these issues and the various services ALAP provides.
    4. Develop policies and procedures for admission referrals to foster consistency in how these referrals are made.
    5. Initiating early positive relationships between future bar members and the association decreases anxiety in students and increases the likelihood of future involvement and service with the association The ALAP director will continue to meet once a month with law students at their school and provide assistance as needed.

B) Professional Conduct


Today members are confronting many challenges unique to the times. Rapid changes in technology, economic and industrial downsizing, extreme debt, healthcare cost and aging, are just a few.

    1. Continue to work with discipline to enhance procedures and establish rules related to ALAP participation.
    2. Continue to review and identify problems confronting members of the bar and judiciary and develop programs and resources to address these issues.

C) With Respect to Professional Competence

    1. ALAP will continue to develop and sponsor CLE programs which address the stressful nature of the practice of law and the difficult issues lawyers confront every day. Presenting programs on resiliency, healthy coping skills and the development and maintenance of healthy boundaries better prepares lawyers when they encounter difficult situations and decreases the potential for ethical violations.
    2. When individuals are stressed, depressed or utilize unhealthy mechanisms to cope, these issues reflect in every aspect of their lives and directly affects the manner in which they practice their profession. Currently an ALAP representative is not involved with the course on professionalism. Having a member of the committee directly involved with the development/presentation of this course can not only add additional insight but also identify solutions for inappropriate and unprofessional types of behaviors.
    3. Continue to access data, resources and professionals established in the community who specialize in the elderly and make these resources available.
    4. Work with the Elder Law and Senior Lawyers sections of the bar to improve services available and establish procedures to better address aging and cognitive issues in the membership.


Advance Improvements in the Administration of Justice

  1. Continue to be a resource for the Judicial Inquiry Commission when addiction, mental or emotional problems are present.
  2. Research procedures and policies other states are implementing with regard to judicial referrals.
  3. Establish procedures and policies for judicial referrals.
  4. Continue to participate with the ABA COLAP Judicial Initiative.
  5. Continue to reach out to the judiciary and present educational programs about ALAP.


Maintain an Effective State Bar Structure

  1. Continue to update and review the committee in terms of goals and purpose
  2. Establish subcommittees to address specific areas of focus.
  3. Continue to stay updated on legislative issues that affect the quality and standards of addiction and mental health services.
  4. Continue to update and review professional resources in the community as referral sources.
  5. Continue to maintain active fund raising efforts for the Alabama Lawyer Assistance Foundation.


Serve Members Need While Enhancing the Use of Bar Technology and Communications

  1. Research other state programs to find appropriate data management programs to improve the quality and accuracy of client file management.
  2. Continue to improve and update the ALAP web site to user friendly applications.
  3. Continue to publish articles in The Alabama Lawyer which address issues related to lawyer health and well-being.
  4. Continue to utilize brochures, handouts and other material to improve program awareness.
  5. Participate in educational programs to assure that highest standards and most up to date information is utilized when addressing client needs.

Healthy and well balanced lawyers do not commit ethical violations nor do they get arrested for violating the laws they are duly sworn to up hold. Lawyer assistance is about promoting health and balance to improve the quality of life for all members. How the association addresses and supports these issues will be reflective in the manner in which our members practice their profession. Lawyers help individuals daily to prepare for the future, the unexpected and for other contingencies of life. It only makes sense that when a lawyer is in need of the same kind of assistance that similar resources are readily available.

 

The Director of the Alabama Lawyer Assistance Program shall ensure that a written report of its actions is recorded. The secretary, or a designee, should keep minutes of all meetings of the committee, or any subcommittee. The original of the minutes will be filed with the Alabama State Bar within 14 days after the meetings, to be made a part of the committee’s permanent file. The committee will divide itself into such subcommittees as may be necessary to effectively carry out its functions. The chairperson should appoint sub-chairs for each subcommittee.

 

The Alabama State Bar, through its designated staff liaison, will assist the committee in carrying out its purpose.