Executive Director: Rodney S. Dowell, Esq.
Rodney S. Dowell is the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Inc. (“LCL”) the state’s only lawyer assistance program which serves the Commonwealth’s lawyers, judges, law students and their families. Rodney has also been the Director of LCL’s Law Office Management Assistance Program (“MassLOMAP”) since its inception in 2007. He is a frequent lecturer and author on law practice management issues and time management. He was also recently appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Working Group examining policies regarding online publication of lawyer disciplinary history and he is an ongoing member of the SJC’s Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism. Prior to starting MassLOMAP, he was a founding partner at the litigation firm of Berman & Dowell, 1998 – 2007, where he focused on employment law, tort defense, including attorney malpractice, and insurance coverage. He graduated from Cornell Law School in 1989, and obtained his undergraduate degree from his home state’s flagship university, the University of Colorado, Boulder (1985).
Barbara Bowe, LICSW
On staff since 1996, Barbara J. Bowe, LICSW handles client assessments, referrals, and case management. She is LCL’s liaison with Massachusetts’ nine law schools. Barbara has also been involved in training programs for the following segments of the Bar: Judges, MBA, BBA Peer Support Program, Bar Advocate Programs, LCL Monitor Program, and Professional Responsibility Classes. She is a 1985 graduate of Boston University School of Social Work. Barbara has managed both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs in Greater Boston, most recently at Westwood Lodge Hospital just prior to coming to LCL. She has worked in both in-house and offsite employee assistance programs, and has maintained a private practice for many years in Brookline, MA.
Dr. Jeff Fortgang graduated Yale in 1971, and, after a few years as a musician/songwriter, completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology (from Adelphi University) in 1980. His dissertation, internship, and fellowship focused on treatment of alcoholism. Jeff has held positions at Mass. General, Mt. Auburn, Newton-Wellesley, and McLean Hospitals, worked with various employee assistance programs, and directed programs at Westwood Lodge Hospital and Bay Colony/Spofford Hall Outpatient Services. A Clinical Associate in psychology at Harvard Medical School, he has been in his half-time LCL role since 1998. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Register of Healthcare Providers in Psychology, and Mass.-licensed as both a psychologist and alcohol/drug counselor. His private practice offices are in Newton Highlands and Boston’s Back Bay. In addition to seeing clients at LCL, he also writes articles, has been involved in developing and maintaining our web site, and coordinates our program evaluation system, electronic record-keeping, and resource database.
Dr. Shawn Healy joined LCL in March of 2014 following his work in a private group practice in Cambridge. Prior to private practice, Shawn worked at May Institute, Inc. for 10 years where he initially completed his pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship. He later became the Clinical Director and finally the Director of Clinical Services and Operations for the Behavioral Health Division of May Institute where he managed two outpatient clinics and four day treatment programs. Shawn graduated from Suffolk University in Boston, MA in 2006 with his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. His dissertation and research interests are in the field of conflict resolution and he has been involved in facilitating many conflict resolution workshops, discussion groups, mediations, and private conflict coaching sessions. Shawn is a member of the American Psychological Association, Massachusetts Psychological Association, and is licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a psychologist.
All clinical staff are seasoned, independently licensed clinicians who have broad experience with both mental health and alcohol/drug problems. They maintain a large and ever-expanding file of resources, including clinicians (psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses), career and financial counseling services, community services, self-help groups, coaches, peer assistance, etc.
LCL volunteers are attorneys who identify themselves as recovering from alcoholism or drug addiction and make themselves available as supports for other lawyers seeking recovery, both individually and through the LCL Support Group meetings. This branch was the genesis of LCL, from which its other branches have sprung.