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The OAAP acknowledges the devastating impact of the wildfires on some members of our legal community and their families. The OAAP attorney counselors are available to help in this time of crisis 24 hours a day, and remain available to members of our legal community by phone, email, and through video teleconference. This includes support groups, recovery meetings, and counseling sessions. For health and community safety reasons, we are temporarily limiting in-person contacts. You can reach us at 503.226.1057. Please take care, and reach out to us for help.

For more resources and assistance available from the PLF for lawyers affected by the wildfires, click here.

  • 32nd Anniversary Annual Recovery Celebration:OAAP’s Recovery Celebration, sans dinner, remains scheduled for 6:00pm Friday, October 2, 2020. It will be held remotely, via Zoom. Click here for registration details. If you have any questions, please contact Doug Querin, at DouglasQ@oaap.org or Bryan Welch at bryanw@oaap.org.
  • Thriving Today: The OAAP has a new blog! Scroll down (or click here) to read our posts, including tips and resources for enhancing your well-being.
About the OAAP

The Oregon Attorney Assistance Program (OAAP) provides CONFIDENTIAL and free counseling assistance to lawyers, judges, and law students. We can help with your concerns about your well-being, or the well-being of someone you care about.  We offer short-term individual counseling, referral to other resources when appropriate, support groups, workshops, CLEs, and educational programs.

Each OAAP attorney counselor is both a lawyer and a counselor. Our experiences as practicing lawyers give us a strong foundation for understanding the situations that you face.  Our training and experience as counselors provide us with the ability to listen and help you navigate toward solutions.

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Confidential Assistance

Help For Yourself

Reaching out for help can be a big step and is often the first step to feeling better. Rest assured that your call to us is completely...

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Help For Someone You Care About

If you are concerned about the well-being of a colleague, family member, staff person, law partner, or other member of the legal community, we can...

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 Completely confidential

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Thriving Today Blog
What’s on Your List?  Developing Healthy Ways to Calm and Soothe
What’s on Your List? Developing Healthy Ways to Calm and Soothe

Lawyers and students often leave healthy relaxing activities and rituals at the door of the profession, starting when they arrive at law school...

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Telling Time
Telling Time

  A few weeks ago, I commented in my blog post about the recent Sunday morning I awoke to a warm and beautifully clear day, happily looking...

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Seeing Beyond into the Horizon
Seeing Beyond into the Horizon

Hot summer days have come. Soon enough it will be fall. Schools have reopened – albeit remotely for many districts – for concerned parents and...

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Our Attorney Counselors
Shari R. Pearlman
Shari R. Pearlman
Attorney Counselor
Douglas S. Querin
Douglas S. Querin
Attorney Counselor
Kyra Hazilla
Kyra Hazilla
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Bryan R. Welch
Bryan R. Welch
Attorney Counselor
Karen A. Neri
Karen A. Neri
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Who We Help

We provide CONFIDENTIAL and free counseling assistance to lawyers, judges, law students, their family members, and members of the legal...

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How We Help

We provide assistance through individual counseling, support groups, workshops, and educational programs. 

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Upcoming Events
Featured Events
The Career of a Lawyer: Creating Success at Each Stage
The Career of a Lawyer: Creating Success at Each Stage

This fall, the OAAP will present two half-day...

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Grief & Loss Support Workshop for Lawyers
Grief & Loss Support Workshop for Lawyers

The OAAP is offering a two-evening workshop...

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Highlighted Events

Finding Meaningful Work

This networking and support group for lawyers making a job or career transition starts Thursday, September 3, 2020, and will meet virtually for six consecutive sessions on Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. Topics are designed to help lawyers create and execute a personalized job search plan; develop a mission statement and elevator speech; learn and practice networking skills; and hone their job search skills.  OAAP Attorney Counselor Shari R. Pearlman, LCSW, JD, will facilitate Finding Meaningful Work through video conferencing. To participate, or for more information click here.

32nd Annual Recovery Celebration   

The OAAP is proud to invite you to the 32nd Anniversary Annual Celebration of Lawyers in Recovery.  This year the event will be held virtually, and takes place on Friday, October 2, 2020, starting at 6:00 p.m. via ZOOM.

There is no charge for this event. Click here for more information.

Please watch for an email invitation. We hope to see you!

ADHD Peer Support Group

The OAAP facilitates a monthly peer support group for lawyers with ADHD. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month and focuses on the successes and challenges of practicing law with ADHD. Pre-registration is required. If interested, contact Bryan Welch at bryanw@oaap.org.

 

Articles
Job-Search Tips for Attorneys During COVID-19

Looking for a new position is often a daunting prospect, even in the...

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A Resilient Mindset: Taking Stock of What You Lost and What You Gained to Move Forward

What Is a Resilient Mindset? I don’t know of a single person in our...

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OREGON LAWYERS’ CONFERENCE ROOM

The PLF/OAAP cares about the safety and health of our community. We have decided to temporarily close the Oregon Lawyers’ Conference Room through the Month of October, 2020. We are sorry for any inconveniences that this causes you. If you feel you need practice management assistance please call the PLF at 503.639.6911. If you would like to speak to an attorney counselor at the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program, please call 503.226.1057. Please note that protocols can change and future appointments may be affected. Please watch this space for updates.

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OLAF

The Oregon Lawyer Assistance Foundation (OLAF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that has been formed to provide financial need-based grants and loans to Oregon lawyers to defray some or all of the expense of treatment for alcoholism, chemical dependency, mental health issues, or other impairment. OLAF assists lawyers who access the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program (OAAP) and who are unable to pay for the treatment they need. (Treatment is outside the scope of services offered by the OAAP.) Lawyers who need OLAF’s financial assistance can apply for a loan or grant through the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program.

Your donations to OLAF make a difference in the lives of Oregon lawyers who are suffering with an illness they cannot afford to treat.

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Event Highlight

12th Annual OAAP and OWLS Women Lawyers Retreat

We are looking forward to our 12th Annual Women’s Wellness Retreat for Lawyers on April 5 & 6, 2019 at the Oregon Garden Resort in Silverton, Oregon. Our theme is Transforming Ourselves through Self-Compassion and Creativity.

Throughout the retreat we will enjoy plenty of relaxation, wonderful food, and free time to explore the gardens, enjoy a massage, swim, or soak in the hot tub. As always, we will be applying for CLE credits and anticipate engaging and informative speakers.

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New Group Opportunity

Trans Law Professionals Peer Support Group

The OAAP is pleased to offer a biweekly evening peer support group. This inclusive group is open to all transgender, trans-questioning, nonbinary, gender-nonconforming, and intersex judges, lawyers, law students, and legal professionals and will be facilitated by Kyra Hazilla, JD, LCSW.

For more information or to join this group, please set up a meeting with Kyra Hazilla, at 503-226-1057, ext. 13, or at kyrah@oaap.org. There is no fee, but advance registration is required as space is limited.