01-0 (2003). Article Title: A Look at Lawyers Helping Lawyers.

AuthorAuthor: Richard G. Uday

Utah Bar Journal

Volume 1.

01-0 (2003).

Article Title: A Look at Lawyers Helping Lawyers

January, 2003Article Title: A Look at Lawyers Helping LawyersAuthor: Richard G. UdayArticle Type:ArticleArticleThe editors and staff of the Utah Bar Journal have graciously announced their intent to dedicate the August/September issue of the Utah Bar Journal to the pursuits and purposes of Lawyers Helping Lawyers ("LHL"). Dr. Lynn Johnson's article on Stress Management in this Journal makes reference to LHL, so this article is intended as a brief background of LHL and how we got started. This article also takes a quick glance at what we are doing at LHL, what we have planned and what to look forward to in that upcoming August/September issue of the Utah Bar Journal.In 1988 the Board of Governors of the ABA created a commission to assist lawyers and judges to overcome the problems of addiction and substance abuse. The ABA encouraged each state bar association to create a lawyer assistance program to aid those lawyers and judges whose lives and practices are jeopardized by the problems of substance abuse.In 1996 the ABA's Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs ("CoLAP") expanded services to include helping with problems stemming from stress, depression and other mental health issues. More recently CoLAP has assisted and encouraged the state bar programs to include services for those members of the profession who encounter other debilitating problems such as gambling addictions, professional burnout, internet addictions, sexual addictions and a variety of compulsive disorders.Lawyers Helping Lawyers ("LHL") is the Utah Lawyer Assistance Program created originally as a committee within the Bar. In 1990 the LHL Committee sought and received an amendment to Rule 8.3 of the Rules of Professional Conduct specifically exempting LHL members from the duty to report misconduct they learn about through their work with LHL. Accordingly, all contacts with LHL are completely confidential. Rule 8.3(d) and the commentary that follows the rule provides that, when appropriate, members of the profession may choose to contact LHL as a practical alternative to meet the ethical obligation to report misconduct.Once contacted, LHL functions as a clearinghouse to elicit and arrange help from a network of professionals who can confidentially advise and assist members of the Bar to...

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