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2021 ABA National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs: 2-Day Virtual Experience on September 22 – 23

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be used in place of professional advice, treatment, or care in any way. Lawyers, law students, judges, and other legal professionals in Massachusetts can find more on scheduling a Free & Confidential appointment with a licensed clinician here.

The American Bar Association’s annual national COLAP Conference features sessions about leadership in lawyer and law student well-being.


The 2021 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs will be held on Wednesday, September 22nd and Thursday, September 23rd, in a virtual format for a second time. It will feature sessions of interest to all stakeholders in the legal community — judges, disciplinary staff, bar leaders, lawyer assistance program directors and staff, law school administrators and law firm managers, as well as abundant opportunities to network with LAP personnel and volunteers involved in Law Assistance Programs from across the United States and Canada. Lawyer Assistance Programs (LAPs) throughout the country like LCL MA provide similar free & confidential mental health, recovery, and well-being services and support to their local legal communities. Find more on the ABA’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs here.


VIEW THE COLAP 2021 AGENDA HERE. The conference begins at 10am on Wednesday, September 22nd with 45-minutes of recovery, well-being, and peer support meetings across three breakout sessions, and will run until 6pm, including a trivia night (hosted by our own staff clinician Shawn Healy, Ph.D.), with engaging plenary and breakout sessions on cutting edge topics. Thursday will offer similar programming, with closing remarks wrapping up the conference at 5:20pm. The conference will feature a virtual expo hall attendees can visit during breaks throughout both days. The sessions present a vital opportunity to learn more about issues that can have a direct impact on the legal community’s well-being and how lawyer assistance programs operate. Our own staff clinicians Barbara Bowe, LICSW and Tracey Meyers, Psy.D. will present on ‘The Therapist and the Law Professor’ and ‘Reducing Stigma and Increasing Self-Reliance: Innovative Approach to Working with Law Students with Disabilities” respectively.


REGISTER HERE. Conference attendee registration rates follow.

  • ABA Members: $225
  • Non-ABA Members: $275
  • ABA Law Student Members: COMPLIMENTARY


Sponsorship & Exhibiting information is available here. 


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