Attorney Support Groups - Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Check out our Attorney Support Groups in New Mexico! 

Corona Virus Update: 
Due to COVID-19 spread, NMJLAP will be altering the way the legal community can engage with the support groups.

Monday Night Support Group: Every Monday night at 5:30 PM. Conference call, and zoom available.
Conference call: Dial 1-866-640-4044 and enter code 7976003# Zoom Option

Until further noticePeople With Wisdom Support Group, and Recovery Possibilities Support Group will halt sessions.



PROGRAM INFORMATION

SPECIFIC AREAS

 

Contact Us

NMJLAP Program Director
Pamela Moore
5121 Masthead St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Office: 505-797-6003
Fax: 800-860-4914
Email: pmoore@nmbar.org

NMJLAP Clinical Coordinator
Tenessa Eakins
5121 Masthead St NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Office: 505-797-6093
Email: Teakins@nmbar.org

 

NMJLAP Co-Chairs

The Honorable William Lang
Office: 505-243-1486, ext. 207
Email: wlang@eatonlaw-nm.com

Briggs F. Cheney, Esq.
Office: 505-247-0411
Email: Bcheney@DSC-law.com

Staff:
Pamela Moore
Tenessa Eakins

Co-Chairs:
The Honorable William F. Lang
Briggs F. Cheney, Esq.

Committee Members:

Elizabeth Lynch Phillips
Kevin Brown
Lester C. Cannain
Briggs F. Cheney
Randall W. Childress
Richard Cravens
Timothy J. Cusack
Hon. Mary Dougherty
Dominic E. Dutton
P. Scott Eaton
Sean James Fitting
Ben Stearman Furth
Terence M. Gurley
David Houliston
David Joseph Jaramillo    
Henry A. Kelly
Arthur B. Lofton
David L. Mathews
Dennis P. Murphy
Hilary A. Noskin
Thomas T. Rutherford
David C. Serna
Daniel W. Shapiro
William E. Snead
Richard B. Spinello
Daniel P. Ulibarri
William J. Waggoner
Kathleen M. Wilson
Mary Katherine Brito Zinn

Who we are

The New Mexico Judges and Lawyers 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.

Confidentiality

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.

Breaking through the Conspiracy of Silence - Your Part

Individuals who suspect misconduct by a lawyer or judge they believe is related to substance abuse may meet their duty to inform the appropriate professional authority by contacting the NMJLAP (see Rules 16-803(F) and 21-300(E). When you contact NMJLAP you meet your ethical obligation to your colleagues and the public and you initiate the helping process, thereby increasing the likelihood that the individual’s situation will improve and the potential for harm will be reduced. You may call anonymously and with nothing more substantial than a concern - our job is to evaluate if there’s a problem, determine what kind of assistance is needed, and develop an appropriate plan of action. Your degree of involvement in this process will always be self-determined and respected.

It takes courage and integrity to help someone in need.