Established by the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1999, Arkansas Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP) provides equal access across the state to confidential medical and mental health services to those who suffer and their families, whether or not they have the ability to pay.
According to JLAP’s Executive Director, Dr. Sarah Cearley, “the high level of stress experienced by judges, lawyers, and law students becomes clear when you see this group’s increased incidences of depression, addictive behavior and even suicide.” JLAP was founded expressly to provide relief regarding these issues to members of the legal services community and their families, and as a result, providing protection to the larger community who depend on lawyers and judges for help. Mike Moore, Chair of the JLAP Committee, added, “the JLAP Foundation has supported these efforts through its enthusiasm, financial and volunteer assistance, but we still have much work to do.”
In addition to raising funds to support JLAP’s work, the November 5 dinner event will honor two special contributors and supporters of the organization. The Honorable Judge Alice Lightle will receive the 2015 Justice Robert L. Brown Community Service Award and the 2015 Distinguished Service Award will be presented to the Arkansas Bar Association for its ongoing support of JLAP. The event includes a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and award presentations.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend and tickets may be purchased by calling Arkansas JLAP at (501)907-2529 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. For more information about Arkansas JLAP, go to www.arjlap.org.
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