Judges & Lawyers Assistance Program

JLAP: One person’s story of alcohol addiction, recovery

May 3, 2017
Read a first-person account about one lawyer's struggle with alcohol addiction and help received through JLAP.
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Baker: What does treatment look like for lawyers, judges in need?

March 8, 2017
The careers and lives of judges, lawyers and law students can be jeopardized by mental health issues, chemical dependency and other debilitating conditions. These threats to legal professionals’ well-being come in many different forms. Fortunately, so do treatment options.
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Young attorneys, law students prone to mental health issues

January 25, 2017
Olivia Covington
Stresses from school and adapting to one's first legal job can lead to poor health and self-medicating, but confidential assistance is available.
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Supreme Court appoints professor to JLAP board

October 21, 2016
IL Staff
Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor Inge Van der Cruysse has been appointed to the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program Committee, the Indiana Supreme Court announced in an order this week.
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IU McKinney professor appears in lawyer assistance program video

October 10, 2016
IL Staff
An Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law professor has been featured in an American Bar Association video aimed at encouraging law students suffering from addiction to seek help.
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SCOTUS denies cert to Kansas attorney seeking to practice in Indiana

June 1, 2016
Jennifer Nelson
The third time wasn’t the charm for a Kansas attorney who wanted the U.S. Supreme Court to take his lawsuit challenging Indiana’s decision to not admit him to practice. The nation’s highest court denied his writ for certiorari for the third time Tuesday.
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Study shows ‘problematic’ alcohol use by attorneys

March 23, 2016
Scott Roberts
A new study completed by the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has given some much needed data on lawyers struggling with substance abuse and depression.
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Merrillville lawyer named to JLAP committee

December 24, 2014
IL Staff
Merrillville solo practitioner Gina L. Jones has been chosen to serve on the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program Advisory Committee, the Indiana Supreme Court announced.
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ABA releases tool to assess cognitive impairment

July 30, 2014
Marilyn Odendahl
To help attorneys who are concerned about the intellectual fitness of another lawyer or judge, the American Bar Association has recently released a cognitive assessment tool. The “Working Paper on Cognitive Impairment and Cognitive Decline” is a questionnaire designed to give attorneys guidance in determining whether a partner or friend is just having a bad month or is suffering from something more serious. It also provides recommendations for talking to a colleague who is exhibiting troublesome behavior.
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Lawyer registration fee increase to cover program shortfalls, aid pro bono districts

July 16, 2014
Dave Stafford
Attorney registration fees set to increase nearly 25 percent will cover shortfalls in the judiciary programs they fund and give a temporary emergency boost to the state’s pro bono districts.
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Indiana to raise attorney registration fees

July 2, 2014
Dave Stafford
Annual registration fees for Indiana attorneys will increase nearly 25 percent, the Indiana Supreme Court announced in an order issued Monday.
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Close calls, complex cases highlight need for attorney surrogates

May 8, 2013
Marilyn Odendahl
The attorney surrogate rule protects clients when lawyers are suddenly unavailable due to death, disability, disbarment or disappearance.
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Are you 'fit to practice?'

November 7, 2012
Dave Stafford
The Indiana State Bar Association and the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program focus on wellness in a new workplace survival guide.
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Justices announce appointments

September 21, 2011
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court has made appointments and reappointments to the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education and the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program Committee.
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Indiana man takes lawyer-admission case to 7th Circuit

July 20, 2011
Michael Hoskins
A Fort Wayne man who claims he’s being prevented from becoming an Indiana attorney because of his religious beliefs is asking the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether a lower federal court properly dismissed his case.
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JLAP offers depression support for lawyers

June 22, 2011
Jenny Montgomery
Dedication to clients, competitiveness, and a strong work ethic are qualities that many successful lawyers share. Those same traits may put attorneys at greater risk for major depression if they end up demanding more from themselves than they’re able to give.
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Evansville attorney, JLAP advocate dies

June 13, 2011
Jennifer Nelson
An Evansville attorney and founding member of the modern Evansville Bar Association Lawyers Assistance Committee died June 9.
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Planning ahead for retirement

December 22, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
For attorneys who may be making a New Year’s resolution to consider retirement in 2011, 2012, or even 2013, it’s never too early to start planning.
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Viewpoint: I hope you read this

November 24, 2010
An anonymous young lawyer in Indianapolis discusses her anxiety issues and the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program.
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Reaching out to lawyers

October 13, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs conference held in Indianapolis this year considers the role of assistance programs for attorneys.
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Education conclave focuses on diversity, economy

October 13, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
When the Indiana State Bar Association gets law students, attorneys, professors, judges, court administrators, deans, and representatives of Indiana’s Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program, Disciplinary Commission, Board of Law Examiners, and the Indiana Bar Foundation are all in the same place for a few hours, some interesting dialogues are bound to take place.
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National event in Indiana can help lawyers, judges, law students

September 15, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Issues that affect every member of the legal community’s mental health and wellness, whether through a personal experience or that of a colleague, will be the focus of a conference in Indianapolis next month.
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Indy to host national conference for Lawyers Assistance Programs

July 28, 2010
IL Staff
Indiana’s Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program is partnering with the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs to host this year’s national conference in October in Indianapolis.
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Groups to offer August seminars on attorney retirement

June 9, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
There’s an old joke in the legal profession that attorneys never retire.So the Indiana State Bar Association and Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program have partnered to present three conferences in late August about retirement preparation.
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SCOTUS declines bar exam denial case

April 14, 2010
Michael Hoskins
The Supreme Court of the United States has declined to take a case filed by a Fort Wayne man – who’s an attorney in Kansas – on claims that the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and officials running the admittance process here denied him the right to sit for the bar exam.
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  1. Don't we have bigger issues to concern ourselves with?

  2. Anyone who takes the time to study disciplinary and bar admission cases in Indiana ... much of which is, as a matter of course and by intent, off the record, would have a very difficult time drawing lines that did not take into account things which are not supposed to matter, such as affiliations, associations, associates and the like. Justice Hoosier style is a far departure than what issues in most other parts of North America. (More like Central America, in fact.) See, e.g., http://www.theindianalawyer.com/indiana-attorney-illegally-practicing-in-florida-suspended-for-18-months/PARAMS/article/42200 When while the Indiana court system end the cruel practice of killing prophets of due process and those advocating for blind justice?

  3. Wouldn't this call for an investigation of Government corruption? Chief Justice Loretta Rush, wrote that the case warranted the high court’s review because the method the Indiana Court of Appeals used to reach its decision was “a significant departure from the law.” Specifically, David wrote that the appellate panel ruled after reweighing of the evidence, which is NOT permissible at the appellate level. **But yet, they look the other way while an innocent child was taken by a loving mother who did nothing wrong"

  4. Different rules for different folks....

  5. I would strongly suggest anyone seeking mediation check the experience of the mediator. There are retired judges who decide to become mediators. Their training and experience is in making rulings which is not the point of mediation.

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