Lawyer Assistance Resources

The following is a non-exhaustive list of resources for attorneys in Maryland and elsewhere facing personal crises, strain, burn-out and other personal difficulties.

Lawyer Assistance Programs

The Maryland State Bar Association and the DC Bar each have excellent lawyer assistance programs for attorneys and law students facing personal crises.  Both services are confidential and, generally, privileged from Bar discipline inquiries.

Maryland State Bar Lawyer Assistance Program
520 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
x3041 (Jim Quinn, MS, CCDC, NCGC)
x3042 (Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, CAC)

DC Bar Lawyer Assistance Program
Denise Perme, Manager
1101 K Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005

Local Bar Lawyer Assistance Programs in Maryland

Local BarContact (July 2016 updated)Telephone
Montgomery County Bar AssociationKaren Alegi, Esq.
Prince George's County "Lawyers in Need"James Flynn, Esq.301-932-0700/301-298-4055
Howard CountyMark Muffoletto, Esq.410.465.7771
Baltimore CountyGary Miles, Esq.443-632-1760
Baltimore City (no formal program but MSBA LAP is located downtown.)James Quinn, MS, CCDC, NCGC443-703-3041

Non-Bar Association Resources

Pastoral Counseling is a service by religious ministers trained in counseling; it is non-denominational and does not proselytize. In some cases, counselors may be able to accept fees on a sliding income scale. Counselors are available in many locations and often meet in space owned by houses of worship.

Pastoral Counseling for Greater Washington
202-670-5065 (near Takoma Metro)
Inspirit Maryland (pastoral counseling serving greater Baltimore)
410-433-8861 (North Charles Street)

Attorney and author Jeena Cho, Esq., has written two books on the issue of attorney resilience, work/life integration, and wellness in the workplace.  She is active on Twitter as well.

Alcoholics Anonymous Area 29 Find a Meeting
(Maryland except Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties)
Alcoholics Anonymous Washington Area Intergroup Find a Meeting
(DC, Montgomery, Prince George’s and parts of Northern Virginia)
Narcotics Anonymous Meeting Search (National Website)