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      Practicing law is a vital public service. Too often, it also takes a physical and emotional toll.

      We envision a membership in which every lawyer of the MSBA is provided with the support and education needed to achieve optimal overall health and wellness. Our overarching goal is to enhance health and wellness so lawyers can better serve themselves, as well as others within their personal and professional lives.

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      The MSBA Lawyer Assistance Program

      Lawyers, like anyone else, face stress, burn out, and depression. Too often, they don’t have anywhere to turn before the problem gets worse, and a career and life are lost to substance abuse, addiction, or mental health complications.?The MSBA Lawyer Assistance Program can make a difference.

      The Lawyer Assistance Program is available to all lawyers in Maryland and is committed to providing assistance to lawyers, judges, and law school students by offering assessment, referral, short-term counseling, and continued support to insure long term success. The recent expansion of the Lawyer Assistance Program offers a network of counselors across the entire state.

      Contact us for more information. Our services are free and confidential.

      James P. Quinn, Director | 443-703-3041 | jim@msba.org
      Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, Associate Director?| 443-703-3042 | lisa@msba.org

      Referring to the Lawyer Assistance Program
      If you are concerned about another lawyer, you can make an anonymous referral to the Lawyer Assistance Program.


      Contact us for help at our confidential, toll-free line.



      Interested in volunteering with the Lawyer Assistance Program?

      Volunteers help us reach lawyers across the state through the Lawyer Assistance Program. Fill out the form below and send it to one of our staff. You can also contact our team at any time with questions about volunteering.


      MSBA Health & Wellness Portal

      Health & wellness resources for MSBA members

      The MSBA Health & Wellness Portal provides members with articles, videos, and other resources to help you succeed in your work and your life. We regularly update the Health & Wellness Portal to bring members the most up-to-date information on physical, emotional, and professional health issues.

      Visit the Health & Wellness Portal

      Physical Health

      Supporting a stronger profession.

      MSBA members have access to programs to support physical health and help them be their best.?We provide workshops and training on topics that every lawyer can benefit from.

      Members have instant access to these services through our member publications, digital correspondence, and online.

      Emotional Health

      Free, confidential support & referrals. We have resources to help.

      We have experience with issues including:

      • Depression
      • Alcohol & Drug Abuse
      • Marital & Family Problems
      • Stress & Burnout
      • Addiction
      • Eating Disorders
      • Work/Life Balance

      Contact us for help at our 24/7 confidential, toll-free line:?1-888-388-5459

      12 Step AA Meeting
      Thursday from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
      Maryland Bar Center
      520 West Fayette Street

      Professional Health

      Finding balance to succeed in work and life

      Technical skills are not enough.?Success in the legal profession requires a healthy relationship between you and your work. MSBA promotes wellness initiatives designed to boost your productivity and well-being.

      • Stress Management
      • Professional Trends
      • Starting & Succeeding in Practice
      • Communication
      • Soft Skills
      • Leadership


      Health & Wellness Tip Sheets

      Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, has over 20 years experience in her field, and extensive experience working with lawyers and judges in the areas of mental health, substance abuse and trauma. Click below to read Tip Sheets covering various facets of health & wellness.


      Who We’ve Worked With

      We collaborate with schools, public officials, and private firms & practices to promote wellness and balance across the legal profession.

      Law Schools

      Office of the Attorney General

      MSBA Sections & Committees

      Pro Bono Resource Center

      Office of the Public Defender

      Local & Specialty Bars


      Direct Staff Contact:

      Jim Quinn

      Director, Lawyer Assistance Program
      (443) 703-3041

      Direct Staff Contact:

      Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C

      Associate Director, Lawyer Assistance Program
      (443) 703-3042