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Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

December 4, 2008

I already wrote about this on PhiLAWdelphia, but in light of the articles in local papers about a young lawyer who is struggling and is currently in jail and the fact that a lot of people struggle around the holidays, I thought I should write about it again. 

If you or someone you know needs help, call Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers at 1-888-999-1941.

LCL is an assistance program which offers confidential help to lawyers, judges, and their family members.  LCL was incorporated in 1988 by recovering lawyers and judges to assist their colleagues struggling with substance abuse and addiction.  LCL is a comprehensive assistance program designed to meet the unique needs of lawyers, judges and their family members who are struggling with:

  • alcohol and drug related problems
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • gambling
  • other emotional and mental health issues. 

Support is provided by a network of Volunteer lawyers and judges from around the Commonwealth, other states, Canada, and Great Britain.  These Volunteers are the foundation of LCL. Many of the Volunteers have been assisting colleagues for over 30 years.  You do not have to be a lawyer to call on behalf of a lawyer or judge.

LCL has NO connection with the Disciplinary Board, Judicial Conduct Board, Board of Law Examiners, or the Pennsylvania Bar Association regarding the identity of those they help.

Calling Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers could be what saves someones career or even their life.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2008 6:35 pm

    Nice article Abbie,

    The American Bar Association reports that while ten percent of the general population has problems with alcohol abuse, anywhere from fifteen to eighteen percent of the lawyer population battles the same problem.

    Lawyers are high risk occupations due to the amount of high level of stress involved. Alcohol and drug abuse affect both lawyers and judges.

    To the ABA’s credit, they created the Commission on Impaired Attorneys in 1988 which was renamed in August 1996 to the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) in order to better describe the Commission’s expanded services to include stress, depression, and other mental health problems and to avoid any stigma that its former name may have implied. These suggestions have been introduced to local bar associations and the
    programs utilize peer counseling, and referral to 12-Step Programs to assist in the lawyer’s recovery process.

    Lawyers concerned for Lawyers is an excellent resource for lawyers and judges.

    In addition to these fine programs, it should also be noted that a regular exercise program as well as a good diet is a vital component to help lawyers and judges deal with the daily stress they have in their careers. Jogging or walking three to four times per week and having a proper diet can help reduce stress and can save your life.

  2. John permalink
    December 15, 2008 12:48 am

    Question. If the LCL discovers potential conduct that violates the PA rules of professional conduct, will they report it?

  3. December 15, 2008 8:37 pm

    Dear John:

    The answer lies within Rule 8.3 (c) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. You may also wish to go to the Pa. Disciplinary Board website ( and look for the October 2008 Attorney E-Newsletter. The article “Help for the Troubled Attorney” comments on this issue. For additional assurance as to whether or not a duty to report is triggered, we (LCL) will refer a caller to an ethics expert who will give them advice (usually free). Hope this helps.

    Ken Hagreen (LCL-PA)

  4. January 1, 2009 2:09 pm

    Hi Ken,
    I’m concerned about members of Dilworth Paxson and Duane Morris involving themselves in the bizarre, dishonorable and unpopular effort to Move The Barnes Foundation from Merion to Philadelphia in violation of the Last Will and Testament of Dr. Barnes.

    Even though our PA Legislature has now outlawed the insertion of undebated 11th hour addons to legislation, The Barnes Foundation is still clawing for their ill-gotten undebated 2002 (H.B.1213) $107mn PA Budget earmark from PA Taxpayers

    They seem to care nothing for the principles of Estates and Trusts, Pennsylvania Law or Pennsylvania history or tradition.

    How can anyone respect their actions in supporting this move?

    Keep The Barnes in Merion.

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  6. December 8, 2010 8:26 pm

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  7. Vipornta permalink
    October 12, 2011 4:26 am

    Hi to All,

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