BECOME A MEMBER/VOLUNTEER

LCL’s member/volunteers offer support to colleagues and assistance to LCL in providing the best possible lawyer assistance program.  Many volunteers are themselves in recovery around mental health or addiction/dependency issues and wish to share their experience, strength and hope.  Others have a particular interest in stress, wellness or related topics.  Member/volunteers may serve as mentors to individuals regarding mental health, addiction or stress issues.  There are opportunities to speak publicly as well as numerous ways to get involved in LCL’s success as an organization.  There are no dues or fees for membership and the benefits are numerous.

LCL Member/Volunteer Requirements

Any lawyer, judge or law student may apply to become a member/volunteer of LCL if he or she cares about those affected by, or afflicted with, the problems of addiction or dependency, mental illness, or other issues affecting the profession, and is willing to give time and talent to helping those in the legal community.

Becoming a Member/Volunteer of LCL is as easy as:

Step 1: Complete a Member/Volunteer Application, and

Step 2: Mail or fax it to our office.  You are also welcome to scan and email it to help@mnlcl.org

Step 3: New applicants are introduced and formally inducted at the next scheduled Membership Meeting.

BENEFITS

•           Personal and professional networking with other members through membership meetings and events.

•           Invitations to LCL fellowship activities (picnic, holiday open house)

•           Education about substance misuse disorders, mental health issues and other topics

•           Free training in areas such as mentoring and interventions

•           Occasional email updates on a variety of topics.

OPPORTUNITIES

Provide Direct Service

•           Provide one-on-one mentoring support to a colleague.  Mentors are essential to the work of LCL.  With LCL staff assistance, lawyers, judges and law students requesting a peer mentor are connected with volunteers for a variety of levels of support

•           Visit colleagues who are receiving professional treatment.  LCL has developed relationships with addiction and mental health providers to inform them of the value of a visit from a colleague.  With permission, our volunteers visit and provide support for those receiving inpatient and outpatient professional services.

•           Participate in interventions and other outreach.  Trained volunteers assist with planning and carrying out interventions.

Educate the Profession

•           Staff LCL informational tables.  LCL staff and volunteers host exhibit tables at law school orientations, CLE institutes, judicial conferences and other events.

•           Public Speaking.  LCL staff and volunteer members make public service announcements and develop, facilitate and present continuing legal education courses and law school presentations on a variety of topics related to mental health, substance use, stress and other issues.  The CLE courses often receive ethics or elimination of bias credit.  Speakers may present substantive material or share their own experience, strength and hope.

Assist with LCL Operations

•           Serve on an LCL committee including Education and Outreach, Finance and Fundraising, New/Young Lawyers, Social or Nominations and Governance.

•           Assist with office projects.  These can range from conducting research and writing resources to assisting with the annual bike ride that benefits LCL.

Support LCL Financially

LCL accepts online donations. Please visit our Donation Page to make a contribution.