How Lawyer Assistance Works

The Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) works on a referral basis, with referrals from: District Inquiry Committees, Disciplinary Board, the ND Supreme Court, or concerned colleagues. The State Board of Law Examiners can refer applicants or a lawyer may self-refer.

When a referral is received, a Committee member meets with the lawyer to conduct an intake evaluation and screening to determine whether LAP participation is appropriate under the circumstances. The Committee meets monthly and reviews intake evaluations.

If accepted, an individualized assistance plan (IAP) is developed for the lawyer to address the particular issues of concern and a peer assistance mentor is assigned. The lawyer must commit to all IAP requirements. The Committee monitors the lawyer’s progress and compliance through contact with the mentor and/or participant on a schedule established in the IAP.

After the lawyer completes all requirements of the IAP, the Committee issues a report of compliance and the file is closed.

For more information about the Lawyer Assistance Program, email the LAP Committee at or contact the State Bar Association at 701.255.1404.

Fill out the LAP Referral Form
Download the LAP Brochure
SBAND Member Assistance Program