Pennsylvania’s lawyers are not immune from substance abuse, alcoholism, drug addiction, problem or compulsive gambling, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, etc. An inherited vulnerability is often involved placing some individuals at greater risk than others to developing these illnesses. And they are chronic and progressive – they do not go away on their own. Unless the lawyer receives appropriate treatment he or she will needlessly suffer and may one day find him or herself in trouble with the Disciplinary Board.
The Board of Directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and our network of volunteers have always included recovering lawyers – men and women who understand the unique circumstances and pressures of being a lawyer. We know firsthand how difficult it is to ask for help.
Whether you are worried about your own well-being or that of a member of your family, a colleague, a judge or a law school student, LCL can help.
- All of the services we offer are 100% voluntary.
- We freely offer you our services and support but you retain control.
- You may accept or decline or disengage from any or all of our services at any time.
The LCL Confidential Helpline
Our Confidential Helpline is answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Your call is confidential. LCL does not disclose the identity of Helpline callers to the Supreme Court or any of its agencies. You may choose to remain anonymous.
Since 1988 LCL has operated a Confidential Helpline to answer questions, provide general information and assist you in selecting the service(s) best suited for your needs. [Calls received between 5 P.M. and 9 A.M., weekends and holidays are answered by the Medical Bureau of Harrisburg. They can connect you with LCL staff if you need immediate assistance.]
The services we offer are as follows:
- Free information and literature
- Referral to a qualified healthcare provider for a free, private and confidential consultation and diagnosis
- A personalized plan of recommended treatment is provided by a qualified healthcare provider.
- Peer support (recovering lawyers and judges who understand your concerns)
- LCL staff support
- Referral to LCL’s executive staff or a professional interventionist to discuss your concerns regarding another lawyer, a family member or a judge