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Everyone struggles. Some people are just better at hiding it.

Stigma: Real or Imagined?

The single greatest obstacle to lawyers seeking help for any issue is the fear of stigma. And yet the consistent experience of our volunteers shows that there is nothing to be afraid of or ashamed of. Read More

Practice Perspectives

Sometimes carrying the extra burden of clients’ woes, this attorney shares some useful strategies when feeling overwhelmed. Read More

Mindful Moment

Overwhelmed? Feel like giving up? Instead of berating ourselves with self-criticism we might try these specific strategies for self-compassion that help rewire our thinking towards more positive solutions (and away from our inherent negativity bias).  Read More

Lawyer Mental Health Podcasts

Two new podcasts, Lawyers’ Voices of Recovery and The Path to Law Student Well-Being, are now available on major podcast libraries: iTunes, Google Play, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Castbox. These shows are pioneers in the attorney well-being space and are now broadly available to all lawyers.

Lawyers’ Voices of Recovery features lawyers sharing their struggles with addiction and other mental health challenges. Listen here.

The Path to Law Student Well-Being features law students and legal educators discussing relevant issues concerning character and fitness, mental health, and substance use disorders. Listen here.


It is normal to feel overwhelmed at times – it signals responsible engagement in meaningful work. Burnout is not “feeling overwhelmed”, it is emotional exhaustion that’s persistent and impairing. We need to be careful not to pathologize regular everyday stress or occasionally feeling overwhelmed. Read More

Something to Consider

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” – George Washington Carver

Upcoming Events - LAP Related

Nov. 1-3, 2019
LAP Annual Conference
Grandover, Greensboro
Invitations in late Aug.

Feb. 28, 2020
Minority Outreach Conference
Durham Conv.  Ctr.
Invitations in early 2020

Upcoming Events - Community Based
(not LAP sponsored; a clearing house of information for recovery related events around the state)

Oct. 18-19, 2019
Lawyer Wellness Retreat
Asheville, NC

Renewal Center of the South
Current Retreat Schedule

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Annual Report

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