The Nevada Lawyer Assistance Program (NLAP) was created by the State Bar of Nevada in 2013 to formalize the clinical services available to attorneys suffering from abuse, addiction and/or mental health issues which may impair professional competence. The program is confidential and headed by a treatment facility staffed with medical personnel which is separate from the State Bar. Lawyers may self-report to NLAP (voluntary) or be referred by the bar’s Office of Bar Counsel for assessment, referral for treatment, and ongoing monitoring and support (mandatory).

Members may contact NLAP to speak with a professional and obtain the therapy and treatment necessary to effectively cope with working in the legal environment and the inherent stress associated with the practice of law. The State Bar of Nevada has contracted with a medical professional, who runs the Nevada Professional Assistance Program, to:

  • Serve as the central intake for participants; conduct a clinical assessment, including drug screening and patient history; and make recommendations for continued treatment, monitoring, etc.;
  • Collect statistical data and provide data (without revealing the lawyer’s identity) to the bar;
  • Provide for randomized drug screening collection and analysis; and
  • Provide ongoing process groups to maintain recovery.

Members seeking assistance may contact:

Larry Espadero, Strategic Behavioral Health: 702-251-1377

What Services does the Nevada Lawyer Assistance Program Provide?

Attorneys seeking assistance from NLAP can expect:
  • An initial confidential assessment conducted by a physician through the Nevada Professionals Assistance Program. Initial assessments are funded by NLAP and are provided at no charge to the attorney.
  • Recommendations for treatment or ongoing therapy, if needed.
  • Ongoing support of the NLAP program through weekly process group meetings conducted apart from the bar’s offices and attended by other attorneys.
  • Monitoring reports (if requested by the attorney), which may be shared with employers for the purpose of demonstrated sobriety.

How is NLAP Different from Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers?    

The bar’s Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) program was established in the mid-1980s by Nevada attorneys in recovery who assisted their fellow attorneys through AA meetings, one-on-one support, referrals to treatment providers and ongoing support to maintain sobriety. Although funded and formally supported by the State Bar of Nevada, LCL is completely confidential and operates on a voluntary basis. The NLAP builds on the concept of LCL – and will work in tandem with LCL’s goals – by introducing a physician at the head of the program who can assess issues of underlying mental health disorders.
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