Groups

Our groups are free and confidential, and exclusively for lawyers, law students, and judges. Group formats vary.

 

LCL Recovery Peer Support Groups
These groups, still thriving, are the original LCL groups, purely peer-run in the 12-step tradition (anonymous), for lawyers and law students in or seeking recovery. You will find all kinds of lawyers at all stages of sobriety (from days to decades) who come here to connect with and gain support from one another in a spirit of camaraderie. There are two meetings each week at the LCL office in Boston, in addition to meetings elsewhere around the state. Click here for calendar and locations.

Solo | Stress Connection
This group is designed for solo practice lawyers across the Commonwealth to meet online — no longer does time and travel get in the way of getting support and ideas from your peers. This group meets online each month using Zoom – a system that permits everyone to see and hear one another without having to establish an account. You can register here. Shortly after, you’ll hear from the group facilitator: Dr. Jeff Fortgang, PhD (DrJeff@LCLMA.org or 617 482-5003).

SuperMom: Support for Lawyers
We designed this group to help you manage the practical and emotional challenges you face as a mother practicing law, and find support from other attorney moms. This group meets on the last Wednesday of each month. Register here. This group is led by LCL Deputy Director, Heidi Alexander, esq. (heidi@masslomap.org or 857 383-3250).

Professional Conduct Group
Support for attorneys involved in a disciplinary process. Ongoing, meets twice a month, typically the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of month at 1 PM. Screening interviews are required. Contact the group facilitator: Barbara Bowe, LICSW at 617 482-9600 or barbarab@lclma.org.

Unemployed Lawyers Group – not currently running
Work Search Group: Sharpening your skills to become a more competitive applicant. A series of 6 Discussion/Instructional Group Meetings: Call to inquire about the next series.

“Absorbing” Trauma Group – not currently running
This is a discussion/support group that is offered when we have a “quorum” of interested lawyers in the hopes of preventing burnout and “vicarious trauma” for lawyers who do the especially taxing work of serving traumatized clients (e.g., those who have experienced or witnessed abuse or tragedy).  This issue also comes up in a less focused way in the Solo Stress Connection group (see above).  For more information, click here.

Other Groups
When we have at least a few lawyers interested in the same kind of group at the same time, we can offer many kinds of groups. Past groups have focused on topics such as: Depression; Lawyers at Mid-Life/Mid-Career; Lawyers with Interpersonal Difficulties or Learning Disorders; Women Lawyers; Early Recovery; Self-Assessment; Retirement; ACOA (for lawyers whose childhoods in alcoholic homes may be reflected in current personality characteristics); etc. If a particular kind of group is of interest to you, let us know. Or if you have a “ready-made group” of peers who would like to discuss and get psychological input on a shared concern, and who can meet in Boston, we can probably accommodate you.

Call us at (617) 482-9600 if you are interested in joining one of these groups or establishing a group not mentioned above.

INTERESTED IN LCL PRESENTING TO YOUR GROUP?

From time to time, LCL offers presentations, workshops, conferences, etc. of interest to attorneys, law students, and judges, usually at no cost. To stay aware of upcoming events, either revisit this site or email us at email@lclma.org and ask to be put on our emailing list.

Our staff can also provide presentations/consultation at other sites in areas within our expertise. Feel free to contact our director, Anna Levine, at anna@LCLMA.org.

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