Drug and alcohol abuse is a serious problem among law students and lawyers which can prevent law graduates from taking the bar exam and can lead to malpractice claims and disbarment for practicing attorneys.
If you wonder whether you could benefit from help in making healthy and responsible choices concerning use of drugs, alcohol or tobacco, please consider exploring the following resources:
UC Davis Resources
UC Davis students can meet with a professional staff person to discuss personal issues involving alcohol, tobacco or other drugs for free. Students can call (530) 752-6334 or go to Health-e-Messaging to set up an appointment with a professional staff person for assistance.
Law students can access safeparty.ucdavis.edu for tips for giving and attending safe parties, alcohol-free events, and policies and laws.
If you would like to discuss these or other issues with the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Hollis Kulwin, please contact Debbie Hicks, the Dean's Office Assistant to schedule an appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org, (530) 752-0243).
Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)
The LAP provides confidential rehabilitation support for attorneys dealing with substance abuse or mental illness. Professional and peer assistance is also available to attorneys suffering from stress, burnout, depression or chemical dependency. 877-LAP 4 HELP (877-527-4435)
The Other Bar is a network of recovering lawyers and judges throughout the state, dedicated to assisting others within the profession who are suffering from alcohol and substance abuse problems. The Other Bar is a private, non-profit corporation, and is founded on the principle of anonymity and strict confidentiality. The program is voluntary and open to all California lawyers, judges and law students. Call their hotline 24 hours a day at: 1-800-222-0767.