Wisconsin Lawyers Assistance Program
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 (Wisconsin Task Force Report, 2021). 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).
The Lawyers Assistance Program offers confidential well-being support to lawyers, judges, and law students. WisLAP staff are available for phone and in-person consultations, self-care retreats, mental health trainings, onsite office hours 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 and available to everyone in the legal community.
We do not provide legal advice or give lawyer referrals.
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WisLAP Contact Information:
WisLAP Line: (800) 543-2625 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Manager: Julia Persike (800) 444-9404 ext. 6159
Amber Gilles (800) 444-9404 ext. 6151
Administrative Coordinator: Francine White (800) 444-9404 ext. 6098
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)
- Family members
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?
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.