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Help for Legal Professionals & Law Students

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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 any substance abuse or dependence, mental health challenges, or other stressors which negatively impact the quality of life and the practice of law.  The program is designed to help members and their families build on their strengths and to provide support through offering 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 you need to find a lawyer.

WisLAP Contact Information:

24-hour helpline: (800) 543-2625
WisLAP Manager org mspranger wisbar Mary Spranger (800) 444-9404 ext. 6159 WisLAP Coordinator Matthew MacWilliams​ (800) 444-9404 ext. 6151 Administrative Coordinator org tpaulson wisbar Tamra Paulson  (800) 444-9404 ext 6098

Who We Serve                                                 

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

How We Help

WisLAP offers the following services:
  • Initial evaluation
  • Referrals
  • Peer assistance
  • Consultation
  • Education, including Continuing Legal Education (CLE) programs
  • Outreach
  • Intervention
WisLAP is based upon the premise of Lawyers Helping Lawyers and Judges Helping Judges. We have more than 150 trained volunteer lawyers and judges, who understand the experiences and challenges legal professionals and their families face. 

 

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WisLAP treats each request for help with the same confidentiality as a lawyer-client relationship. 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.​

Support Groups

For groups in Wisconsin, visit the State Bar's Support Groups page.​