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Stories of Recovery: She realized she was not alone

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at tlaphelps.org. A while back, I had a plea in county court and another … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Alcohol was not my friend

Editor’s note: This post is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s Stories of Recovery series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at tlaphelps.org. I was raised by hardworking and loving parents in a large Mexican-American … Continue Reading

American Bar Association to host resilience webinar

The American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs is hosting a resilience training webinar this month. The program—which Texas Lawyers Assistance Program director Bree Buchanan helped produce—is called “Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers” and aims to provide lawyers with strategies to build resilience in their lives and profession. “Developing resilience is critical … Continue Reading

TLAP director to help lead national lawyer wellness task force

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Director Bree Buchanan has been named co-chair of a national task force focused on improving lawyer wellness. The American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs Task Force on Lawyer Wellness is a joint effort between the commission, the National Organization of Bar Counsel, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and … Continue Reading

Dallas Young Lawyers to host panel for suicide prevention

With September marking National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers is hosting a panel to bring attention to the mental health issues many lawyers face and combat the stigma associated with suicide. Lawyers experience depression and mental health issues at a much higher rate than those in other professions, according to … Continue Reading

TLAP wins statewide award for suicide prevention efforts

The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program of the State Bar of Texas received the Texas Suicide Prevention Council’s Leadership Award yesterday at the Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium in San Marcos. The honor was bestowed on TLAP staff attorney Chris Ritter by the TSPC, a coalition of various community-based organizations, state and local agencies, and academic institutions, … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Stumbling Toward Freedom

The journey from lawyer to yoga teacher to yoga-teaching lawyer Editor’s note: This story is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s “Stories of Recovery” series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, ‘law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP. When I … Continue Reading

TLAP featured in nonprofit TV channel video on mental health

The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program was featured in a nonprofit TV channel segment “Mental Health Matters: In the Workplace,” on how states and employers support their workers dealing with mental illness. The segment on Mental Health Channel, an online network of free documentary-style programming about mental health topics, looks at legislative and employer-based policies aimed … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: My husband left and I got sober

Editor’s note: This story is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s “Stories of Recovery” series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP. If you’d told me I would look better and be happier … Continue Reading

Bar Leader magazine dedicates May-June cover to aging lawyer issues

Challenges with cognitive impairment facing aging lawyers take center stage in the May-June issue of the American Bar Association’s Bar Leader magazine. The feature article details efforts lawyer assistance program directors and bar leaders are making to prepare for issues related to the fact that attorneys are retiring later in life. In the piece, Texas … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Support Groups are Life-Changing

Editor’s note: This story is part of the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s “Stories of Recovery” series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP. Over the past 15 years, a toxic combination of the general … Continue Reading

Sheeran-Crowley Trust launches website

The Patrick D. Sheeran & Michael J. Crowley Memorial Trust launched a website, sheerancrowley.org, in April aimed at making it easier to help Texas lawyers, judges, and law students with substance abuse problems, depression, and other mental health issues. Lawyers who find themselves suffering from depression or drinking too much often feel that they are alone, … Continue Reading

Registration open for Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Convention

The 27th Annual Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (TLCL) Convention will be held June 3-5 at the Westin Houston Memorial City in Houston. The conference will feature nationally acclaimed speakers on 12-step recovery along with topics pertaining to professional burnout, peer support, cross addiction, spirituality in recovery, and practicing principles of recovery in the practice … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: My Moment of Clarity

Editor’s note: This is the 19th story in the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) “Stories of Recovery” series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP. I knew for some time that I might have … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: A Solo’s Transition

Editor’s note: This is the 18th story in the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) “Stories of Recovery” series. TLAP offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP. Three decades of practicing law and I was starting … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Retiring With Dignity

Editor’s note: This is the 17th story in the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program “Stories of Recovery” series. The State Bar’s TLAP program offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP. A few years ago, I started … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Helping a senior lawyer

Editor’s note: This is the 16th story in the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program “Stories of Recovery” series. The State Bar’s TLAP program offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 and find more information at texasbar.com/TLAP. All five of us walked into … Continue Reading

Free online CLE course features inspirational TLAP video

Texas attorneys can earn continuing legal education ethics credit by watching the inspirational video Courage, Hope, Help—TLAP Is There through TexasBarCLE starting now through the end of the year. TexasBarCLE is featuring the video as part of its free online CLE offering titled “Not Alone—Help and Hope for the Impaired Lawyer,” which is available at … Continue Reading

Returning to my good life, one day at a time

Editor’s note: This is the 15th story in the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program “Stories of Recovery” series, featuring attorneys in their own words on how they overcame mental health or substance abuse problems. The State Bar’s TLAP program offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Diagnosis was the beginning of my story

Editor’s note: This is the 14th story in the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program “Stories of Recovery” series, featuring attorneys in their own words on how they overcame mental health or substance abuse problems. The State Bar’s TLAP program offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call … Continue Reading

New video offers hope of recovery to struggling attorneys

The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program, or TLAP, is reminding Texas attorneys struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues that recovery is possible. In a new video, “Courage, Hope, Help—TLAP is There,” Texas attorneys share their personal journeys from despair to productive and fulfilling lives as they sought help for substance abuse. The video is … Continue Reading

Stories of Recovery: Reaching out is a two-way street

Editor’s note: This is the 13th story in our Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program “Stories of Recovery” series, featuring attorneys in their own words on how they overcame mental health or substance abuse problems. The State Bar’s TLAP program offers confidential assistance for lawyers, law students, and judges with substance abuse or mental health issues. Call … Continue Reading
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