LAP Peer Advisors

The Lawyers Assistance Program actively recruits Peer Advisors (PAs) from throughout Washington state. This network of about 50 attorneys supports lawyers on a broad range of themes from addiction and mental health topics to guidance related to one’s practice.  

These include:

  • Alcoholism and addiction: Many of our original PAs are adherents of the Alcoholics Anonymous model and we continue to update a broad array of resources for meetings and supports. This includes a close relationship with The Unbar, an attorney AA group in Seattle.
  • Mental Health and Self-Care: Attorneys who have recovered from depression, anxiety, workaholism, procrastination, and other mental health symptoms who are highly motivated to provide support to lawyers facing similar challenges.  We can also put you in touch with the Mindful Lawyer community who can help you learn to meditate.
  • Practice Advice: We are often able to put you in touch with an attorney who can provide guidance for  starting your firm.  Also, we are sometimes able to match up attorneys by practice areas. This is helpful for either early career attorneys or lawyers who are facing transition in their careers.

Most PAs have attended LAP trainings on listening skills and methods for creating a supportive connection. Future offerings like this are currently being developed and planned. Of course, these PAs are attorneys and not counselors, and each person has their own style. Meetings often take place over coffee or at an attorney’s office. 

If you are seeking the support of a PA, call us at 206-727-8268 and we will do our best to find the best possible match. If you are interested in becoming a PA, complete this form and send it to lap@wsba.org or call us at 206-727-8268. We can then inform you of upcoming trainings and volunteer opportunities. We appreciate your service to your profession!