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...


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...


 Completely confidential

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We Offer Help & Hope
Our Attorney Counselors
Shari R. Pearlman (Gregory)
Shari R. Pearlman (Gregory)
Assistant Director
Douglas S. Querin
Douglas S. Querin
Attorney Counselor
Kyra Hazilla
Kyra Hazilla
Attorney Counselor
Bryan R. Welch
Bryan R. Welch
Attorney Counselor
Karen A. Neri
Karen A. Neri
Attorney Counselor
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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...


How We Help

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

Upcoming Events
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Highlighted Events

32nd Annual Dinner Celebrating Recovery - SAVE THE DATE!

The OAAP is proud to invite you to the 32nd Anniversary Annual Dinner Celebrating Recovery for attorneys in recovery and their guests. This year the event  takes place at Hotel Monaco Portland on Friday, May 15, 2020, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Our featured speakers are Jerry C. and Sarah E. Join us as Jerry and Sarah share their experiences, strength and hope.

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

13th Annual OAAP/OWLS Wellness Retreat

We are pleased to announce that this year’s retreat will be held on Friday through Saturday, April 17 & 18, 2020, at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. Our theme is “Lawyering with Authenticity and Congruence: Finding Our True North.” Throughout the retreat we will enjoy plenty of relaxation, wonderful food, and free time to hike, bike, enjoy a massage, swim, or soak in the hot tub (weather permitting). For more information, contact Shari R. Pearlman at sharip@oaap.org.

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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.


Technology and Mental Health

How Lawyers Are Affected by Devices and Social Media and What to Do...

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Life Never Stops

Life is good and life is full, but there are days when it is just hard...

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Grow Your Gratitude

Because how you think about yourself and everything around you is more...

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Oregon Lawyers Conference Room

The OAAP, in collaboration with the Professional Liability Fund, is offering Oregon lawyers free use of a conference room in downtown Portland. This space can be reserved through our online calendar system. Once you reserve the space, you will receive a confirmation email and a reminder email with more detail. Please do not exceed your scheduled time! This protects your client’s confidentiality and is a professional courtesy to the next user. We are pleased to make this room available to Oregon lawyers and hope that you make use of it in your practice.

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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.

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.