The LAP Foundation of NC, Inc. is an independent, free-standing 501(c)(3) organization that exists solely to support NC LAP in its work with lawyers and judges who have drug or alcohol problems or mental health issues. The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial assistance to lawyers and judges who are actively working with NC LAP and who meet financial eligibility guidelines and are unable to afford the level of treatment necessary for their full recovery. If you are a lawyer or judge in need of assistance, please visit nclap.org for more information on how NC LAP can confidentially assist you.

The LAP Foundation exists solely to raise funds to support NC LAP in its efforts to help lawyers and judges with mental health issues and drug and alcohol problems obtain the treatment they need. NC LAP staff are adept at leveraging scholarships and matching grants at various treatment centers when possible, as well as working with therapists and counselors who are willing to work on a sliding fee scale. However, the sad reality is that many lawyers and judges cannot afford the treatment they so desperately need. The LAP Foundation provides grants and loans to qualifying lawyers. Here is a more detailed case for support.

Jerry Jernigan, President, Charlotte
Reid Acree, Vice President, Salisbury
Lanée Borsman, Secretary, Fayetteville
Jodi P. Zbinden, Treasurer, Charlotte
John Bowman, Durham
Neal Ellis, Raleigh
Patrick McNeely, Charlotte
Arch K. ‘Quin’ Schoch, V, High Point

We would like to thank the following supporters and champions of our cause for their generous donations:

Gifts of $1,000 or Greater

Stubbs Perdue, Attorneys at Law
Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
Lyon Foundation, Inc.
Investors Title Insurance Company
Mecklenburg Bar Foundation
Chicago Title Insurance Company, North Carolina
William D. “Bill” Young
Association of Corporate Counsel, Charlotte Chapter
Zeb Barnhardt
Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan, PLLC
North Carolina Bar Association Foundation
Victor Farah
Barbara R. Christy
Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism
Crumpler Freedman Parker Witt

Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
Anonymous
Don Carroll
Roger Rizk
M. Reid Acree, Jr., Attorney at Law
Anonymous
Lindsay and Mark Merritt
Fred Baggett
The Brocker Law Firm, PA
Daggett Shuler, Attorneys at Law
Jerry Jernigan
John McCabe
The Honorable Thomas Moore
Anonymous, in Memory of Henry L. Sloan, III
Rowan County Bar Association
Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC
Scott P. Vaughn

Gifts up to $1000

Anonymous (10)
Ani Agrawal
Louis Allen
Marcia Armstrong
Saleisha Averhart
Dorothy “Dottie” Bernholz
Charles Bishku
Victor Boone
Lanée Borsman
John Bowman
Paris Branch-Ramadan
Walter E. Brock, Jr.
Stephen Brown, Sr.
Todd Brown
Chris Budnick
Antoinette Burwell
Lawrence Campbell
Gerald R. Collins, Jr.
Tom Corey
The Cummings Law Firm, PA
Paula Daniel
Dan Dean
Tom & Kathy Dickinson in Memory of Henry L. Sloan, III
Landon Dunn
The Honorable Robert Edmunds
Bartina L. Edwards
Shelley Edwards
Bill Eskridge in Memory of The Honorable Abner Alexander
Anthony Flanagan
Corrie Foster
Frasier & Griffin, Attorneys at Law
Katherine Frye
Terry R. Garner
Peter Gilbert
Dale Guffey
Charles Hardee
Ormond Harriott
Tracy Hatcher
Mark P. Henriques
Renee and Henderson Hill
Thomas Holt
Alisa Huffman
Margaret Hunt
Ben Irons
Kathleen Jackson
Neill and Jeanne Jennings
Edwina Jones
The Honorable Paul L. Jones
Darrin Jordan
Joseph Jordan
Irv Joyner
Paula Kohut
The Honorable John Kralik
Karen Lander
Nena Lekwauwa

David Long
Tom and Julie Lunsford
Scott Mansfield
Chuanita McAlister
Sonya C. McGraw
Susan McIntyre
Sheila McLamb
Patrick McNeely
Emily Mistr
Toni Monroe-Jenkins
Marlene Montague
Robynn Moraites
Hal Morris
Jacqueline Morris-Goodson
John Motsinger
Nichols Law Firm, PA
Robert Nunley
John Obiol
John Overfield
James Pardue
Reita Pendry
Nicolle T. Phair
Stacey Phipps
Gayle C. Price
Elizabeth Pugh
Candice Redhead
Anita Richardson
Stephen Edward Robertson
Michael L. Robinson
Jerry Reed
Charles Royster
Dekhasta Becton Rozier
Christopher Salyer
John Sarratt
Warren Savage
Walter Schmidlin
Arch “Quin” Schoch V
Alexander Selig
Velma Simmons
John Silverstein
Fern Simeon
Velma J. Simmons
David B. Smith
Roberta Sperry
Christopher Stepp
Michelle Stinnett
Bob Stitcher
Christine Sylvester
Dale Thomas
John Totten
Jonathan Washburn
Judith Washington
Lila Washington
Paul Welch
Shannon Wharry
Andy Whiteman
Fred Williams
James E. Williams Jr.
Kevin G. Williams
Jodi Zbinden

“‘May I not die while I am still alive.’ This simple prayer was lost on me in 2012, for I was dead in spirit and drowning in alcohol. My life was in shambles. My practice had dropped off, creating constant worry about how to pay the bills. I saw no way out of my circumstances. I spent my days drinking, lying in bed, listening to NPR. Chronic despair made me wish I were dead. I had given up.

When LAP intervened and told me I needed to go into treatment, I was shocked, humiliated, and terrified. I was panicked about cost, but the LAP Foundation gave me a loan on extremely reasonable payment terms. That loan allowed me to get the help I needed without the added anxiety about finances. I am so grateful. My life is now full and alcohol-free and my practice is thriving.

Now my first prayer upon rising is, ‘Thank you.'”


“When I was totally broke (financially, spiritually, emotionally…) and was willing and wanting to go to a residential treatment center for substance abuse treatment, I was unable. I had no insurance, no real savings, tapped out credit and no one that I could confidentially ask for money to finance the treatment. LAP discreetly found me a bed at a residential program and the Foundation loaned me the necessary money to reserve that bed. It saved my life, my career and my dignity. That was all in 2013, and I would not have been able to achieve sobriety without that loan.”


“After 25 years of child abuse and neglect cases, I was incapacitated by depression. I had stopped sending in fee aps for court-appointed work and stopped billing private clients. It took what little energy I had to show up in court. I broke down in court one day. I could not go on. LAP was a God send. But I had no money, no health insurance, and my house was in foreclosure. I could not afford medication or counseling. The LAP Foundation paid for my medication and counseling until I was stable enough to work and bill again. I cannot imagine where I’d be today without the help I received. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

How many lawyers has the foundation assisted each year?
– The foundation historically assisted an average of 2-4 lawyers each year. From 2007 to 2105, the foundation assisted 31 lawyers with grants and loans totaling $92,000. Due to the success of the 2015-2016 Major Gifts Campaign, in 2016 the Foundation board approved financial assistance in the amount of $30,200 for seven members of the legal profession who needed it.

How many lawyers need financial assistance to receive the level of appropriate treatment?
– The NC LAP encounters 12-18 lawyers each year who qualify for financial support. At any given time the NC LAP probably has about 30 clients who qualify for financial assistance.

How does a lawyer or judge qualify for financial support?
– The eligibility guidelines require that a lawyer or judge meet slightly modified federal poverty guidelines to qualify for financial assistance from the foundation.

How are funds utilized?
– About 2/3 of the funds are used in a revolving loan program, with monies repaid by lawyers and judges over time. About 1/3 of the funds are given as grants for short term emergency care (such as crisis stabilization, medication and counseling, or short term treatment).

How are the funds distributed?
– Funds are provided directly to the treatment facility, counselor, pharmacy or medical provider. No funds are ever given to a lawyer or judge directly.

How much is a typical grant or loan?
– Grants typically range from $1,000 to $3,000 and loans typically range from $3,000 to $5,000.

How much does treatment typically cost?
– $35,000 to $45,000 is the average cost for a 90-day treatment in-patient program (which is the level of care many clients need).
– $5,000 to $8,000 is the average cost for a year of weekly counseling (a cost which does not include medication costs).

How do these loans or grants help when they only cover a fraction of the total cost of care?
– NC LAP staff are adept at finding and leveraging resources when and where available. Some treatment centers have scholarships to match a foundation loan. Some counselors are willing to provide services on a sliding scale. Sometimes family members can be persuaded to contribute to treatment costs. Each situation is different, and NC LAP staff do the best they can to work with the limited resources available.

What is the success rate?
– From 2007 to 2015 the success rate was 67%. That is an incredibly high success rate, one that is unheard of in the general treatment arena. Part of the reason for the high success rate is the support mechanisms and accountability NC LAP provides – tools and mechanisms that are not available to the general public. These lawyers and judges who were on a dangerous precipice have turned their lives around and are thriving five and ten years after they received financial assistance from the Foundation. As of 2015, the foundation has assisted 31 lawyers, of which 21 are thriving (depending upon the issue encountered, they are either sober, mentally stable, or no longer suicidal). Of the 10 remaining, NC LAP has lost contact with 3 and treatment was unsuccessful for 7.

The Need

The LAP Foundation exists solely to raise funds to support NC LAP in its efforts to help lawyers and judges with mental health issues and drug and alcohol problems obtain the treatment they need. NC LAP staff are adept at leveraging scholarships and matching grants at various treatment centers when possible, as well as working with therapists and counselors who are willing to work on a sliding fee scale. However, the sad reality is that many lawyers and judges cannot afford the treatment they so desperately need. The LAP Foundation provides grants and loans to qualifying lawyers. Here is a more detailed case for support.

Board

Jerry Jernigan, President, Charlotte
Reid Acree, Vice President, Salisbury
Lanée Borsman, Secretary, Fayetteville
Jodi P. Zbinden, Treasurer, Charlotte
John Bowman, Durham
Neal Ellis, Raleigh
Patrick McNeely, Charlotte
Arch K. ‘Quin’ Schoch, V, High Point

Supporters

We would like to thank the following supporters and champions of our cause for their generous donations:

Gifts of $1,000 or Greater

Stubbs Perdue, Attorneys at Law
Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
Lyon Foundation, Inc.
Investors Title Insurance Company
Mecklenburg Bar Foundation
Chicago Title Insurance Company, North Carolina
William D. “Bill” Young
Association of Corporate Counsel, Charlotte Chapter
Zeb Barnhardt
Cheshire Parker Schneider & Bryan, PLLC
North Carolina Bar Association Foundation
Victor Farah
Barbara R. Christy
Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism
Crumpler Freedman Parker Witt

Law Offices of James Scott Farrin
Anonymous
Don Carroll
Roger Rizk
M. Reid Acree, Jr., Attorney at Law
Anonymous
Lindsay and Mark Merritt
Fred Baggett
The Brocker Law Firm, PA
Daggett Shuler, Attorneys at Law
Jerry Jernigan
John McCabe
The Honorable Thomas Moore
Anonymous, in Memory of Henry L. Sloan, III
Rowan County Bar Association
Tin Fulton Walker & Owen, PLLC
Scott P. Vaughn

Gifts up to $1000

Anonymous (10)
Ani Agrawal
Louis Allen
Marcia Armstrong
Saleisha Averhart
Dorothy “Dottie” Bernholz
Charles Bishku
Victor Boone
Lanée Borsman
John Bowman
Paris Branch-Ramadan
Walter E. Brock, Jr.
Stephen Brown, Sr.
Todd Brown
Chris Budnick
Antoinette Burwell
Lawrence Campbell
Gerald R. Collins, Jr.
Tom Corey
The Cummings Law Firm, PA
Paula Daniel
Dan Dean
Tom & Kathy Dickinson in Memory of Henry L. Sloan, III
Landon Dunn
The Honorable Robert Edmunds
Bartina L. Edwards
Shelley Edwards
Bill Eskridge in Memory of The Honorable Abner Alexander
Anthony Flanagan
Corrie Foster
Frasier & Griffin, Attorneys at Law
Katherine Frye
Terry R. Garner
Peter Gilbert
Dale Guffey
Charles Hardee
Ormond Harriott
Tracy Hatcher
Mark P. Henriques
Renee and Henderson Hill
Thomas Holt
Alisa Huffman
Margaret Hunt
Ben Irons
Kathleen Jackson
Neill and Jeanne Jennings
Edwina Jones
The Honorable Paul L. Jones
Darrin Jordan
Joseph Jordan
Irv Joyner
Paula Kohut
The Honorable John Kralik
Karen Lander
Nena Lekwauwa

David Long
Tom and Julie Lunsford
Scott Mansfield
Chuanita McAlister
Sonya C. McGraw
Susan McIntyre
Sheila McLamb
Patrick McNeely
Emily Mistr
Toni Monroe-Jenkins
Marlene Montague
Robynn Moraites
Hal Morris
Jacqueline Morris-Goodson
John Motsinger
Nichols Law Firm, PA
Robert Nunley
John Obiol
John Overfield
James Pardue
Reita Pendry
Nicolle T. Phair
Stacey Phipps
Gayle C. Price
Elizabeth Pugh
Candice Redhead
Anita Richardson
Stephen Edward Robertson
Michael L. Robinson
Jerry Reed
Charles Royster
Dekhasta Becton Rozier
Christopher Salyer
John Sarratt
Warren Savage
Walter Schmidlin
Arch “Quin” Schoch V
Alexander Selig
Velma Simmons
John Silverstein
Fern Simeon
Velma J. Simmons
David B. Smith
Roberta Sperry
Christopher Stepp
Michelle Stinnett
Bob Stitcher
Christine Sylvester
Dale Thomas
John Totten
Jonathan Washburn
Judith Washington
Lila Washington
Paul Welch
Shannon Wharry
Andy Whiteman
Fred Williams
James E. Williams Jr.
Kevin G. Williams
Jodi Zbinden

Testimonials

“‘May I not die while I am still alive.’ This simple prayer was lost on me in 2012, for I was dead in spirit and drowning in alcohol. My life was in shambles. My practice had dropped off, creating constant worry about how to pay the bills. I saw no way out of my circumstances. I spent my days drinking, lying in bed, listening to NPR. Chronic despair made me wish I were dead. I had given up.

When LAP intervened and told me I needed to go into treatment, I was shocked, humiliated, and terrified. I was panicked about cost, but the LAP Foundation gave me a loan on extremely reasonable payment terms. That loan allowed me to get the help I needed without the added anxiety about finances. I am so grateful. My life is now full and alcohol-free and my practice is thriving.

Now my first prayer upon rising is, ‘Thank you.'”


“When I was totally broke (financially, spiritually, emotionally…) and was willing and wanting to go to a residential treatment center for substance abuse treatment, I was unable. I had no insurance, no real savings, tapped out credit and no one that I could confidentially ask for money to finance the treatment. LAP discreetly found me a bed at a residential program and the Foundation loaned me the necessary money to reserve that bed. It saved my life, my career and my dignity. That was all in 2013, and I would not have been able to achieve sobriety without that loan.”


“After 25 years of child abuse and neglect cases, I was incapacitated by depression. I had stopped sending in fee aps for court-appointed work and stopped billing private clients. It took what little energy I had to show up in court. I broke down in court one day. I could not go on. LAP was a God send. But I had no money, no health insurance, and my house was in foreclosure. I could not afford medication or counseling. The LAP Foundation paid for my medication and counseling until I was stable enough to work and bill again. I cannot imagine where I’d be today without the help I received. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

FAQs

How many lawyers has the foundation assisted each year?
– The foundation historically assisted an average of 2-4 lawyers each year. From 2007 to 2105, the foundation assisted 31 lawyers with grants and loans totaling $92,000. Due to the success of the 2015-2016 Major Gifts Campaign, in 2016 the Foundation board approved financial assistance in the amount of $30,200 for seven members of the legal profession who needed it.

How many lawyers need financial assistance to receive the level of appropriate treatment?
– The NC LAP encounters 12-18 lawyers each year who qualify for financial support. At any given time the NC LAP probably has about 30 clients who qualify for financial assistance.

How does a lawyer or judge qualify for financial support?
– The eligibility guidelines require that a lawyer or judge meet slightly modified federal poverty guidelines to qualify for financial assistance from the foundation.

How are funds utilized?
– About 2/3 of the funds are used in a revolving loan program, with monies repaid by lawyers and judges over time. About 1/3 of the funds are given as grants for short term emergency care (such as crisis stabilization, medication and counseling, or short term treatment).

How are the funds distributed?
– Funds are provided directly to the treatment facility, counselor, pharmacy or medical provider. No funds are ever given to a lawyer or judge directly.

How much is a typical grant or loan?
– Grants typically range from $1,000 to $3,000 and loans typically range from $3,000 to $5,000.

How much does treatment typically cost?
– $35,000 to $45,000 is the average cost for a 90-day treatment in-patient program (which is the level of care many clients need).
– $5,000 to $8,000 is the average cost for a year of weekly counseling (a cost which does not include medication costs).

How do these loans or grants help when they only cover a fraction of the total cost of care?
– NC LAP staff are adept at finding and leveraging resources when and where available. Some treatment centers have scholarships to match a foundation loan. Some counselors are willing to provide services on a sliding scale. Sometimes family members can be persuaded to contribute to treatment costs. Each situation is different, and NC LAP staff do the best they can to work with the limited resources available.

What is the success rate?
– From 2007 to 2015 the success rate was 67%. That is an incredibly high success rate, one that is unheard of in the general treatment arena. Part of the reason for the high success rate is the support mechanisms and accountability NC LAP provides – tools and mechanisms that are not available to the general public. These lawyers and judges who were on a dangerous precipice have turned their lives around and are thriving five and ten years after they received financial assistance from the Foundation. As of 2015, the foundation has assisted 31 lawyers, of which 21 are thriving (depending upon the issue encountered, they are either sober, mentally stable, or no longer suicidal). Of the 10 remaining, NC LAP has lost contact with 3 and treatment was unsuccessful for 7.