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JLAP Welcomes ABA Young Lawyers to the Big Easy

The ABA Young Lawyers Division presented the 2019 Fall Conference: Your Practice, Your Future, October 3 – 5, 2019 at the Sheraton in New OrleansThis conference brought people together from across the legal community to offer outstanding training on advancing justice.  

JLAP’s Executive Director, Buddy Stockwell, spoke on Wellness and Well-Being in the Legal Profession, noting that it will be the Young Lawyers that will change the culture, making the practice of law more healthy. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Donna Nesbit, ABA Director, Operations and Meetings – Early Career Strategy and Buddy Stockwell, JLAP Executive Director
  • Christopher L. Brown, J. Logan Murphy and Buddy Stockwell

 

 

2019-10-07T17:28:06-04:00October 7th, 2019|

October 10th is National Law Students’ Mental Health Day

Law is a challenging discipline that involves the ability to analyze, reason, and communicate. The study and practice of law is rigorous and often stressful, however, a law degree can open many doors to a rewarding career in business, practice, government, teaching and public service.

For those law students struggling with issues of depression, anxiety, drug addiction or alcoholism or other mental issues, the JLAP is here to help. We offer a full range of resources and solutions to help you manage your issues in the short and long term. Every service provided through the JLAP is 100% confidential and 100% free.

With Mental Health Day coming up on October 10, JLAP wants to help raise awareness of mental health by helping people realize that seeking help is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of strength.

Visit our Law Students section under our Who We Help tab for many great resources.

Click here for the ABA ‘s Mental Health Toolkit for Law School Students  

 

2019-09-23T15:14:28-04:00September 23rd, 2019|

September is National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders, reminding us that treatment is effective and that people can and do recover. It also serves to help reduce the stigma and misconceptions that cloud public understanding of mental and substance use disorders, potentially discouraging others from seeking help.

To learn more, click here.

2019-09-13T17:06:12-04:00September 13th, 2019|

How opioids reshape your brain, and what scientists are learning about addiction

 

 

 

 

 

 

None of us has the brain we were born with. Brains grow and adapt. This process, called neuroplasticity, doesn’t end when you step out of the classroom. Even habits—reaching for cookies when stressed out, keeping your head down during staff meetings—cut “trails” in the brain throughout life that can be hard to overcome.

To read Ian Haydon’s complete article from Medical Xpress, click here.

2019-08-23T12:34:32-04:00August 23rd, 2019|

NEW! You Can Now Make a Donation to JLAP Online

Did you know you can donate to JLAP online now?

You can now conveniently pay online via PayPal and Visa/Mastercard/Discover.

Simply go to our donation page to donate.

You will receive a letter from JLAP acknowledging your tax deductible donation.

The Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and donations are tax deductible as allowed by the IRS. Your donation will help support the life-saving work of JLAP and further its mission to save lives and careers in the legal profession.

All proceeds will be dedicated to providing direct assistance to lawyers and judges in need of JLAP’s services. Thank you for your support!

 

2019-08-23T10:38:35-04:00August 23rd, 2019|

Register for Camp JLAP 2019

June 28 – June 30
Solomon Conference Center in Loranger

We will return to the beautiful Solomon Conference Center in Loranger for a weekend filled with fellowship, fun and fantastic CLE’s, including ethics and professionalism.

First year was great, but the second will be even better!  Afternoon yoga, fishing, and raffle prizes too!

All meals and CLE’s are included with your $100 registration.  

Overnight accommodations are available, on a limited, first-come first-serve basis, for an additional fee. If interested in sharing a room, please call JLAP directly.

Click HERE to register.

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2019-06-05T17:03:45-04:00May 12th, 2019|

ABA Journal – Your Voice – “Top Stories of the Week”

An open letter to potential law students: Know the truth

Niki Black

Nicole Black.

With the recent news that some BigLaw starting salaries are rising to $190,000, it’s no wonder that law school continues to be a top destination for recent college graduates. However, the truth behind those starting salaries—and given the volatility of the legal job market and the effects of globalization and technology on the business of law—should give one pause before taking out $200,000 in school loans.

So the question remains: Should you go to law school? The answer, according to two legal industry experts: It depends.

Nicole Black and Heather Morse are two leading voices in the legal industry when it comes to discussing business of law trends, from the intersection of technology and the practice of law to the inner workings of successful law firms. Both are frequently asked for their advice by potential students considering law school. Here’s what they have to say about the wisdom of attending law school in 2018.

Nicole: I recently received an email from a young man who was considering attending law school, and was seeking my opinion on the advisability of doing so. He told me he’d approached other lawyers for their input on the value of a law degree in 2018 and had received “mixed signals.”

Heather: Given the financial investment to attend law school, with no guarantees of a high-paying job at the end of three years, I’m not surprised to hear that. To be honest, I’m often shocked by the lack of due diligence by the students. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with a 1L who is attending an Ivy League law school. “What type of law are you looking to practice?” I asked her. “BigLaw,” she replied. This led to me to immediately jump on my Legal Watercooler soap box about the current state of the business of law, especially where law school students are concerned.

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2019-03-15T21:03:34-04:00August 21st, 2018|

Helping Lawyers with Alcoholism and Addiction

from Positive Sobriety Institute, May 31, 2018

Help for Addicted Lawyers

Long hours, a frantic pace, a competitive environment and pressure to succeed can contribute to making the job of a lawyer extremely stressful. Research shows that lawyers struggle with depression, anxiety disorders and substance use disorders such as drug and alcohol addiction at higher rates than other professions.

Despite the well-known toll that working in a high-intensity, demanding field can take, lawyers are typically unwilling to admit when they were struggling, said Buddy Stockwell, who is also a lawyer and the executive director of the Louisiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP).

According to Stockwell, the stigma and fear associated with seeking help for mental health and substance use issues are especially problematic for lawyers.

“We are trained in law school very early on to never surrender. That’s a huge barrier to seeking help. Lawyers do not want to give up and do not want to appear incapable of handling problems themselves,” Stockwell said. “And of course, there is the tremendous fear that if anyone finds out that you have a substance abuse problem, even if it’s successfully treated, it will somehow get you fired, get you into trouble with the disciplinary board, and have your peers whispering about you around the water cooler. The fear is that somehow it may be used against you.”

To encourage lawyers struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health disorders to proactively seek help, the Louisiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program facilitates totally confidential assessments, referrals and ongoing support to help attorneys remain substance free. As part of the effort, Louisiana JLAP partners with select addiction treatment centers, including Positive Sobriety Institute in Chicago, that have outstanding reputations for treating professionals in safety-sensitive, high-consequence fields.

“To have a partner like Buddy Stockwell at the Louisiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program is really a gift,” said Positive Sobriety Institute Medical Director Dr. Dan Angres. “Because of that partnership, we’re going to see better outcomes. When you combine treatment and monitoring with the ability to collaborate over the long-term, everybody benefits, especially the patient.”

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2019-03-15T21:02:06-04:00August 20th, 2018|

Facebook to require treatment centers to obtain certification from monitoring firm

Facebook on Thursday announced that, effective immediately, it will require addiction treatment centers to obtain certification from monitoring firm LegitScript before being approved to advertise in-person addiction treatment services in the United States.

To advertise on all of Facebook’s properties—Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Audience Network— treatment centers will follow a process similar to the one announced by Google for its AdWords advertising platform in April. LegitScript will review a facility’s background, qualifications, compliance with state laws and regulatory licensing requirements, and privacy practices. In total, treatment centers must meet 15 requirements to earn its certification. Once certified, the treatment center can then apply to advertise on Facebook. The social media giant says it will work quickly to verify LegitScript certification and clear treatment centers for advertising.

“Today’s announcement is the next step in our efforts to support our community on Facebook in response to rising addiction rates in the US,” Facebook’s Avra Siegel said in a statement emailed to Behavioral Healthcare Executive. Siegel is on the policy team coordinating Facebook’s effort to respond to the opioid epidemic.

To read more, click here.

2019-02-23T17:37:05-04:00August 13th, 2018|