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

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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
Highlighted Events

MBA Mental Health and Substance Use CLE

 
In conjunction with the Multnomah Bar Association, OAAP Assistant Director Shari Gregory will be participating in a 1 credit CLE on lawyer-wellbeing on May 15 from 12-1pm. The speakers in this CLE will talk about when to ask for help for yourself and for colleagues, and how to recognize when someone needs help.
Contact the MBA for more information or to register.

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31st Annual Dinner Celebrating Recovery

 

The OAAP would like to thank all who attended for making this year's dinner on April 26th a huge success! We hope to see everyone again next year, and we will announce the date of next year's dinner as soon as it is set. If you would like to make sure you are informed of date of next year's dinner, please contact us with an email address you would like us to use and we will make sure you are notified!

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Mindfulness for Stress Reduction Workshop

 

Beginning in April 1, 2019, the OAAP will offer an eight-week workshop focusing on using mindfulness practices to transform our relationship with stress. All of the practices are practical, user-friendly, and can be easily adapted into day to day living.

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Asking for Help

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Perspectives on Retirement

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Managing Stress With Mindfulness

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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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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.