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whatever reason, you want to help
get help? The State Bar of Arizona
no longer provides therapeutic services for lawyers in this area, and
treatment for substance abuse and
other personal problems is now
left up to a lawyer’s own resources
including, if available, medical insurance. There is, however, a group of
lawyers who voluntarily make themselves available and provide what
is known as peer support through
the State Bar’s Member Assistance
Program to answer questions members may have about personal problems, including substance abuse,
depression and stress that they or
a lawyer they know may be having. These volunteers—more than
70 in number and all Arizona lawyers—are listed online ( www.azbar.
map/support/). These volunteers
are not medical or counseling professionals but can relate their own
experiences with the particular
problems involved and offer support where needed. All communications with these lawyers are confidential, 10 and there is no charge for
1. Patrick R. Krill, Ryan Johnson & Linda Albert, The Prevalence
of Substance Abuse and Other Mental Health Concerns Among
American Attorneys, 10 J. OF ADDICTION MED. 46 (Feb. 2016).
3. Even the Arizona Supreme Court has weighed in here: see In re
Arrick, 882 P. 2d 943, 949 (Ariz. 1994) ( 18 percent of lawyers
4. Ronald D. Rotunda, Alcoholics and the Profession of Law, VERDICT
(April 12, 2016) at https://verdict.justia.com/2016/04/12/
5. See Ariz. Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 42, ARIZ.R.S.CT.
6. This is a defined term: see ER 1.0(c).
7. ABA Formal Op 03-429, Obligations With Respect to Mentally
Impaired Lawyer in the Firm (June 11, 2003).
8. See Draft Legal Ethics Opinion 1886, Duty of Partners and
Supervisory Lawyers in a Law Firm When Another Lawyer in
the Firm Suffers From Significant Impairment (July 21, 2016),
9. Telephone call with Virginia State Bar’s Office of Ethics Counsel,
Sept. 26, 2016.
10. See Comment to 2002 Amendment to ER 8. 3(c), ER 8. 3
(Reporting Professional Misconduct).
the volunteers’ time.
The Member Assistance Pro-
gram has been and continues to be
a valuable resource for lawyers and
other members of the legal commu-
nity concerning issues dealing with
substance abuse and mental health
EYE ON ETHICS —continued from p. 10
Steven A. Hirsch, Phoenix
Steve Kosteck, Tucson
Paul A. Relich, Tucson
Douglas J. Wall,
Prescott Valley, Ariz.
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