2012 National Conference for Lawyer Assistance Programs

The 2012 Conference is being held in Grand Rapids, Michigan starting Tuesday, October 9 until Friday, October 12, 2012. This year’s conference theme is “Meeting Our Challenges for 25 Years”. The conference will have sessions of interest to judges, disciplinary staff, bar leaders, lawyer assistance program directors and staff, law school administrators and law firm managers, as well as abundant opportunities to network with LAP personnel and volunteers involved in lawyer assistance programs from across the U.S. and Canada.

In light of this being the 25th Conference, we will have a very special presentation at the Annual Conference Dinner. William J. Kane, director of the New Jersey Lawyer Assistance Program, has agreed to eloquently entertain us with a presentation on the history of lawyer assistance programs. The dinner will be held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Conference programming will include such varied sessions/topics as: “Cognitive Impairments in the Practice of Law: Identifying and Assisting Lawyers and Judges,” “Love First: Intervention for Lawyers,” “Addiction Treatment in the New Millennium,” “Recovery Mind Training: Radical Thinking for a Sustainable Recovery,” “Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Sex and Pornography in the New Media Frontier,” Motivational Interviewing,” “Reclaiming Your Authentic Self; Understanding Psychological Trauma and the Brain,” and a panel presentation on the “Best Practices of Working with Law Schools and How to Approach Them.”

The dessert reception on Wednesday, October 10, will feature Michael J. Burke, author of “Never Enough.” Once a successful sole practitioner in Howell, Michigan, Michael will engage us with his own true story of how he gambled his 25 year career away.

In addition, the Conference features an Exhibit Hall of facilities from around the U.S. and Canada that focus on treating drug abuse, addictions, mood disorders, eating disorders, etc. This is a wonderful opportunity to discover new facilities and interact face to face with the facilities you use currently.

For more information, including registration, exhibitor registration, the schedule, hotel accomodations, speakers and travel information, click here.

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