Judges occupy a unique and powerful force within the legal profession. They see attorneys in action and can quickly identify an attorney who may be impaired. As such, judges are in a position to act to promote positive change in the lives and careers of lawyers in crisis. Judges are also among the few who are positioned to help other judges who may be challenged by substance use and mental health disorders. As with lawyers, TLAP maintains a list of volunteer judges who are interested providing peer support to other judges in crisis.
TLAP also operates the ABA's National Hotline for Judges Helping Judges (800-219-6474) for jurists who are seeking help for themselves or other judges. All communications are confidential by statute.
Resources For Judges [PDFs]
- National Helpline for Judges Helping Judges
with an Impaired Lawyer
- Identifying and Assisting Lawyers and Judges with Cognitive Impairments. Posted with permission by Hon. Sharon Stone, JD, MD.
Can Save Lives, testimonial by Robert J. Seerden, Chief Justice of 13th
Court of Appeals (retired)
Helping Judges and Lawyers: TLAP's Judicial Initiative
from J. Woodfin Jones regarding Judicial Initiative Subcommittee of
Abuse and Ethics: The Judicial Duty to Respond
for Overcoming a Judge’s Stressors
- ABA Judicial Assistance
- Addressing Addictions in Court: Rethinking Recovery and Relapse by Hon. Michael Mayes: Part One, Part Two, Part Three. Posted with permission from In Chambers Online Magazine.
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Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK at any time of the day or night.
TLAP staff are on call day and night, every day of the year. All information, including the caller's identity is confidential.
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