The Montana Lawyer Assistance Program exists to protect the interests of clients and the general public from harm caused by impaired lawyers or judges, by confidentially assisting impaired members of the profession to begin and continue recovery, and educating the bench, the bar, and the public to the causes of, and remedies for, impairments that effect members of the legal profession.
ABA CoLAP Anti-Stigma Campaign
Stigma, shame, and fear. These obstacles frequently play a major role in an individual’s decision not to seek help when suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. Too often, lawyers, judges, and law students find themselves wrestling privately with frustration and despair as an addiction or mental health problem dominates their life and threatens their career.
Resources for Montana Attorneys
Helpline - Confidential, 24-hours a day, every day - (406) 660-1181
Guidance and Referral - For the impaired member of the legal community or their friend, associate, spouse, or other family member. We provide information on alcohol and drug or mental health treatment programs, interventions, and family or friend support, suggestions for appropriate treatment options, as well as general education on mental health and chemical dependency issues for the legal community. This program is designed to provide help and education to lawyers, judges, paralegals, law students and faculty, and their families.
Substance Abuse/Mental Illness (SAMI) CLE - to hold a program for local bar associations and others in the legal community, please contact Mike Larson at (406) 660-1181.
Program Support Groups
Billings: Third Thursday at noon in the conference room of the GW Building, intersection of Third Avenue North and North Broadway. For more information, contact Mike Larson at (406) 660-1181.
Great Falls: First Friday of each month, conference room at 104 4th St N #200. Meeting begins at noon. For more information, contact Mike Larson at (406) 660-1181.
Helena: Last Wednesday of each month in the Aspen Court Building, 33 S. Last Chance Gulch, in the upstairs board room. Social gathering is at noon, followed by the meeting at 12:15 p.m. For more information, contact Mike Larson at (406) 660-1181.
Kalispell: Meeting temporarily suspended. For more information, contact Mike Larson at (406) 660-1181.
Missoula: First Wednesday of every month at p.m., Pope Room at the University of Montana School of Law. For more information contact Mike Larson at (406) 660-1181.
Where to Volunteer
Become a part of the Montana Lawyer Assistance Program's statewide network. All network members will attend general education workshops. To join the network, contact Mike Larson at (406) 660-1181.
The Montana Lawyer Assistance Program is independent from any disciplinary organization and does not police, report, discipline, or otherwise threaten the career of an attorney or judge. By order of the Montana Supreme Court (Order No. 85-96), the names of all persons seeking assistance under this program shall remain confidential.