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.
We understand the long hours, competition, constant stress, and high expectations you may experience as a member of the legal profession. If you feel overwhelmed, you are not alone. Recent research shows that members of the legal profession experience higher rates of problem substance use, anxiety, and depression than the general public.
We help lawyers, judges, and law students develop the skills they need to meet the demands of their professional and personal lives in a healthy way. Whether your concern is stress, depression, anxiety, or other challenges; career satisfaction; relationships, problem alcohol or other drug use; compulsive disorders; time management; or life changes – we can help.
The OAAP has been helping members of the legal profession since 1982, making us one of the most experienced and successful lawyer assistance programs in the country. We are funded by the Professional Liability Fund (PLF). Most of our programs and services are free.
All communications with the OAAP are completely confidential and will not affect your standing with the Professional Liability Fund or the Oregon State Bar. No information will be disclosed to any person, agency, or organization outside the OAAP, without the consent of the person accessing the program. Contacts with us are kept strictly confidential pursuant to ORS 9.568, PLF Policies 6.150 – 6.300, Oregon State Bar Bylaws Article 24, Oregon Rule of Professional Conduct 8.3(c)(3), and Judicial Code of Conduct for United States Judges Canon 3B(5). The only exceptions are: (1) to avert a serious, imminent threat to your health or safety or that of another person and (2) to comply with legal obligations such as ORS 419B.010 and ORS 124.060 (child abuse and elder abuse).