About Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) provides a free, confidential Lawyers Assistance Program for Minnesota lawyers, judges, law students and their immediate family members. This program offers help to those affected by alcohol, drugs and other addictions; depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses; stress and other life-related problems; and any condition which negatively affects the quality of one’s life at work or at home.
LCL is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization composed of hundreds of volunteer members statewide, a volunteer board of directors, an Executive Director, two Case Managers, an Outreach Coordinator, and an Administrative Assistant. The membership includes those who have been helped by the organization and others who are concerned for the well-being of LCL clients and the legal profession. They are ready to help others by mentoring, providing support, and leading interventions.
Everyone who is eligible for LCL services may receive up to 4 counseling sessions, at no charge, through our counseling partner Sand Creek. LCL contracts for professional behavioral health assessments, short-term counseling and referral to higher levels of care when appropriate. Sand Creek employs trained and experienced professional counselors who can assess chemical, mental health and other behavioral health problems. These professionals also provide short-term counseling for issues which can be resolved within a few sessions. When appropriate, Sand Creek staff refers to inpatient and outpatient programs, therapists, and medical staff who specialize in behavioral healthcare. Telephone counseling is available 24/7.
Confidentiality is our hallmark.
Sand Creek counselors, LCL staff and member volunteers lead support groups for clients. Member/volunteers, who are pledged to maintain confidentiality, mentor and support clients during stressful times of personal change, recovery, return to successful practice and other transitions.
LCL provides education to lawyers, judges, and law students through CLE programs, law school presentations, brief service announcements and by assisting with curriculum that includes information on issues of concern to LCL.
LCL consults with individuals, family members, law firms, and other organizations to educate them about behavioral health concerns; to assist them with interventions; and to provide guidance in prevention and return to work efforts.
NOTE: The Lawyers Assistance Program is a service offered to lawyers, judges, law students and their immediate families and is not intended for the general public. It is also not a lawyer referral service. For help in finding an attorney, please contact your local bar association.