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Peer Assistance Committee

Provides assistance to lawyers who are stressed, depressed, alcoholic, chemically dependent, mentally ill, or unable to conduct their legal practices due to personal or health reasons. The committee also educates the community with seminars presented each year.


Meetings:
The Peer Assistance Committee meets on the second Monday of the month at noon in the Belo Mansion.


Help is Available:

The Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program (TLAP) is a confidential crisis counseling and referral program that helps Texas lawyers, law students and judges challenged by substance use and other mental health issues, including clinical depression, anxiety and stress. Click here for a TLAP brochure of helpful information. Information on Dallas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) is available through TLAP.

Practicing Law and Wellness Video
This viedo provides practical solutions and resources for lawyers wanting to reduce stress and anxiety and to achieve a better work/life balance. Click here to watch online.

Practicing from the Shadows Video
This video offers support for those suffering from depression or chemical dependency.
Click here to watch the video online (Windows Media format) or, call TLAP at (800) 343-8527 for a DVD copy.


Need help?

You're Not Alone! Just pick up the phone and dial one of these numbers or click the links below. Someone is there waiting to talk to you.

Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program: (800) 343-8527

Alcohol & Drug Abuse:
Alcoholics Anonymous(214) 887-6699
Narcotics Anonymous:  (972) 699-9306
Al Anon(214) 363-0461

Psychiatric Emergency:
Mental Health Assoc(214) 828-4192

Depression & Suicide:
Crisis Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE
Suicide Crisis Ctr SMU: (214) 828-1000
Metrocare Services(214) 743-1200

Family's Anonymous:
Family's Anonymous
: (800) 736-9805

Gambling:
Gamblers Annonymous: (626) 960-3500


How to Protect Your Clients and Your Firm in the Event of Your Death, Disability, Impairment or Incapacity:

The State Bar of Texas offers help in this area. To find out more, click here.


Committee Contacts:
Chair Brian Farlow - bfarlow@elrodtrial.com
Vice Chair Joe Wielebinski - jwielebinski@munsch.com
Board Advisor Bill Mateja - mateja@fr.com
Staff Liaison Sherri Evans- sevans@dallasbar.org

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