The Lawyers Assistance Program offers confidential well-being support to the legal community. WisLAP staff are available for consultations, mental health trainings, and well-being presentations. Additionally, WisLAP trained volunteers are available for individualized peer-to-peer support upon request.
The Lawyers Assistance Program aims to develop a culture within the Wisconsin legal community that fosters work-life balance and destigmatizes mental illness and substance use disorders. WisLAP services are free as a benefit of your State Bar membership and available to everyone in the legal community.
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How We Support
- Initial evaluation
- Peer assistance
- Education, including CLE programs
Who We Serve
- Law Students
- Bar applicants
- Attorneys (in good standing, suspended, disbarred, re-instatement candidates)
Research suggests that legal professionals sacrifice self-care for their job which often leads to dissatisfaction in their
professional and personal life, and often at the expense of their health and well-being (2021 Wisconsin Task Force Report). If the demands of practicing law start to affect your personal time, energy levels, and mental health, give yourself permission to contact the Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program (WisLAP).
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.
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.
For groups in Wisconsin, visit the State Bar's
Support Groups page.