Our Volunteers

We are judges, lawyers and law students in and/or in support of recovery from stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, alcoholism, addiction to prescription or other drugs, problem gambling, eating disorders, compulsive behaviors and various emotional or mental health disorders.

We understand the pain, fear, embarrassment  and frustration of being trapped in a life of despair to which there seems no way out. Many of us, too, once felt helpless and hopeless. But we have found a way out of our misery and we have found a life of usefulness and happiness. You can, too.

Our lives are based upon sharing our experience, strength and hope with you in an effort to help you find recovery and the peace of mind which we now enjoy.


Interested in Becoming a Volunteer?

If you are in recovery and want to experience the joy of helping others, please contact us:

Laurie J. Besden, Esq., Executive Director
LCL Administrative Office: 1-800-335-2572, ext. 101


Matching You to a Volunteer

We seek to match you with a volunteer who has successfully dealt with the same difficulties you are experiencing. We look for someone with whom you will readily identify based upon career background, age, gender, etc. If necessary, we can access a network of recovering lawyers and judges located throughout the United States to find a peer volunteer best suited to your needs.

Judges and Lawyers Recovery Meetings

These meetings are open only to judges and lawyers in recovery – they are not open to the public. Although the meetings are based upon the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, they welcome any judge or lawyer who is struggling with an illness that LCL seeks to address. Some meetings are held weekly, others held bi-weekly or monthly. To protect the anonymity of those attending these meetings, we require that you contact us. We will answer any questions and verify that the meeting will be a good fit for you. We will then provide you with the meeting location, day and time, and a contact person (a recovering judge or lawyer).

  • Camp Hill (Cumberland)
  • Wernersville (Berks)
  • Drexel Hill (Delaware)
  • Erie (Erie)
  • Bethlehem (Northampton/Lehigh)
  • Lancaster (Lancaster)
  • Norristown (Montgomery)
  • Philadelphia (Philadelphia)
  • Pittsburgh (Allegheny)
  • Scranton (Lackawanna)
  • State College (Centre)
  • York (York)