5:30 pm, 1st Monday of every month, and 7:30 am every 3rd Monday at: First United Methodist Church in Albuquerque Call 797-6003 for details
5:30 p.m., 2nd Monday of every month at: UNM School of Law, 1117 Stanford NE, Room 1119
|Help and Support are only a phone call away.
Confidential Assistance-- 24 Hours Every Day
Judges: Call 888-502-1289
Lawyers & law students: Call 505-228-1948 or 800-860-4914
Who we are
The New Mexico Lawyers and Judges Assistance Program (NMJLAP) is a free service for all members of the New Mexico bench and bar and law students. NMJLAP offers confidential professional and peer assistance to help individuals identify and address problems with alcohol and other drugs, depression, and other mental health/emotional disorders. NMJLAP assists in reducing public harm caused by impaired members of the legal profession and helps improve the health and welfare of its members by facilitating early intervention and treatment.
The Hidden Problems of the Profession
Competition, long hours, high expectations, and chronic stress can wear down even the most competent and energetic lawyer, often leading to depression, anxiety, relationship problems, gambling issues, substance abuse, and other problems. National surveys show rates of depression and alcoholism among members of the legal profession are at least two times higher than the general population. A recent multistate survey of judges identified five significant stressors: being overloaded, isolation, decision burden, emotional trauma, and limited discretion, which can negatively impact social relationships and physical health, and contribute to alcohol abuse, depression, and other mental health and emotional disorders.
The N.M. Rules of Professional Conduct (Rule 16-803) and the N.M. Code of Judicial Conduct (Rule 21-300) provide strict confidentiality for individuals seeking assistance from the NMJLAP. All communications and actions taken by NMJLAP with its clients are held in the strictest confidence and are not reported to any individual or entity outside of NMJLAP, including any professional disciplinary agency, without the client’s permission. Likewise, the identities of individuals who contact NMJLAP with concerns about a legal professional are confidential and not disclosed to the person referred.