Lawyer Assistance Program

The North Dakota Lawyer Assistance Program (“LAP”) was created in 2004, pursuant to ND Supreme Court Administrative Rule 49. The program’s purpose is “to prevent and alleviate problems that adversely affect a lawyer’s performance.”

LAP is operated by a six-member Lawyer Assistance Committee (“the Committee”). Members serve three-year terms, and are appointed by the State Bar Board of Governors and the Chief Justice. ”

Confidentiality is the hallmark of the program - information, including communications with committee members, the affected lawyer, program staff and treatment professionals may not be disclosed without consent of the lawyer, except when disclosure is necessary to prevent the commission of an act likely to result in imminent bodily harm.

Who should participate in LAP?

Lawyers struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, stress, depression, or practice management.

Signs of Lawyer Impairment:


  • Often Late or Leaving Early
  • Long Lunches or not returning after lunch
  • Missing appointments or schedules appearances



  • Missed Deadlines
  • Deceased Efficiency
  • Poor Judgment
  • Inability to concentrate


Attitude and Behavior

  • Deterioration of personal appearance
  • Withdrawal or avoidance of others
  • Irritability, angry outbursts, hostile attitude, or mood swings


How LAP Works
Fill out the LAP Referral Form
Download the LAP Brochure