Lawyer Assistance Program

The Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) is a service of the West Virginia State Bar which provides confidential assistance to West Virginia lawyers to help them identify and address problems with alcoholism, other drug addictions and mental health disorders.

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George Daugherty, Executive Director

2000 Deitrick Blvd
Charleston, WV 25311
Phone: 304-553-7232
Email: daughertyg@wvbar.org

Committee
BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE WEST VIRGINIA LAWYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Rules of WV Lawyer Assistance Program
Click here for the Order of Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia approving a three (3) year pilot program by adopting the Rules of the West Virginia Lawyer Assistance Program.

Confidentiality

The LAP is entirely separate from the Office of Disciplinary Council of the State Bar.  Information received by the LAP concerning any lawyer seeking help or to whom assistance is offered is confidential. The confidentiality provided is that of the attorney-client privilege. If you call as the spouse, child, or friend of the lawyer you suspect may have a chemical dependency and/or mental health problem, your communication is also treated as confidential.
In order to assure this high degree of trust and confidence, the Lawyer Assistance Program is, by rule of the State Bar, which has been approved by order of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, entirely separate from any ethics or disciplinary council of the State Bar.