Lawyer Assistance Program (WisLAP)

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Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program

WisLAP is a member service of the State Bar of Wisconsin which provides free confidential assistance to lawyers, judges, law students, and their families in coping with an​y substance abuse or dependence, mental health challenges, or other stressors whi​ch negatively impact the quality of life and the practice of law. The​ ​program is de​​​sig​ned to help members and their families build on their strengths and to provide support through offeri​​​ng services that promote physical, mental, and emotional health.

We do not provide legal advice or give lawyer referrals. Click here if you are seeking legal advice or need to find a lawyer.

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WisLAP Contact Information:

24 hour​ helpline: (800) 543-2625
WisLAP Manager Mary Spranger (800) 444-9404 ext. 6159
WisLAP Coordinator Jason Magill (800) 444-9404 ext. 6151
Administrative Coordinator Tamra Paulson (800) 444-9404 ext. 6098

How We Help

WisLAP offers the following services:

  • Initial evaluation
  • Referrals
  • Peer assistance
  • Consultation
  • Education, including CLE programs
  • Outreach
  • Intervention

Who We Serve

  • Law Students
  • Bar applicants
  • Attorneys (in good standing, suspended, disbarred, re-instatement candidates)
  • Judges
  • Family members
  • Colleagues
  • Other concerned parties

​​It is the responsibility of the legal community to help our colleagues. WisLAP is based upon the premise of Lawyers Helping Lawyers and Judges Helping Judges. We have over 150 trained volunteer lawyers and judges, who understand what you go through, to offer support and guidance. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Click Here


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WisLAP is exempt from reporting professional misconduct to the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR) under Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule 20:8.3(c)(2) and to the Judicial Commission under Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule 60.04(3). WisLAP​ does not require callers to disclose their identity and does not keep any case records.​

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