Utah’s Lawyers Helping Lawyers is a committee of the Utah State Bar providing peer-to-peer support to attorneys whose performance may be affected by various issues.
Lawyers Helping Lawyers (LHL) is committed to rendering confidential assistance to any member of the Utah State Bar whose professional performance is or may be impaired due to a variety of circumstances. These include, but are not limited to, professional or business problems, family struggles, grief, trauma, identity issues, substance abuse or misuse, mental illness, emotional distress, overcoming adversity, harassment, discrimination, and many other issues. Currently LHL matches those whom it assists with one on one volunteer peer mentors and conducts continuing legal education.
The law is an intellectually rewarding area but can be very challenging. LHL encourages lawyers and other legal professionals to practice healthy strategies for coping with stress. LHL also encourages those whom it serves not only to make healthy choices for themselves but for them to look out for the well-being of their fellow lawyers and legal professionals who might be struggling.
LHL falls under the protection of Rule 8.3 of the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct. What does that mean for you? Whether you’re calling for yourself or asking for help for a colleague, we are bound and protected by Rule 8.3. That means what you say to LHL stays with LHL. Calling on behalf of a colleague who is in trouble also satisfies your requirement to report under the Rules of Professional Conduct.
If things ever seem to be too much for you or for someone else to handle, you are not alone. LHL cares and is here to help. Please telephone LHL so that you might share with a friendly ear whatever issues you face and discuss options.