Bloomberg Law
June 3, 2020, 9:40 AM

Lawyer Assistance Programs Gear Up for New Client ‘Explosion’

Melissa Heelan Stanzione
Melissa Heelan Stanzione

Lawyer assistance programs are girding for an upswing in demand for services, as attorneys seek help for mental health and substance abuse issues exacerbated by the coronavirus.

These programs often operate on a state, or occasionally a city level, and are part of the infrastructure that the legal profession has set up to combat lawyers’ unusually high rates of mental health and substance abuse problems.

Though there was a lull in requests from lawyers for help in the initial weeks of the pandemic, lawyer assistance programs in several states have reported they expect an uptick and are already starting to ...

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