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.

“‘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.'”


“Depression had consumed my life. The only way I could hide the hurt and pain was by using drugs. I saw no way out and didn’t care whether I lived or died. I was financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually bankrupt. Consequently, in 2018, I found myself unemployed without any insurance. The LAP Foundation of NC provided me a loan so that I could get the treatment and counseling that I desperately needed. My life has been transformed. LAP and that loan from the LAP Foundation saved my life. Becoming employed again during COVID has been a challenge, and the Foundation graciously extended my repayment deadline. Today, an attitude of gratitude is what consumes my life. I was so happy to be able to recently repay my loan in full. If it wasn’t for my family, friends, my support network, LAP, and the LAP Foundation of NC, I would not be here today.”


“NC LAP and the LAP Foundation stood up for me when I could not stand on my own. I had survived my entire life with the mistaken idea that seeking help was an indication of weakness. I was knocked down. I was afraid, and I was angry. I was facing the potential loss of my career and inability to provide for my family along with the realization that I could not fix the situation. Though I did not believe in mental health treatment, counseling, or support groups, I did all three. Miraculously, they all helped. I had no reliable income, and the LAP Foundation supported my recovery by loaning me money to obtain the services I needed. I am back to practicing law full-time and I could not be more grateful.”


“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 2015, the foundation assisted 31 lawyers with grants and loans totaling $92,000. Update as of October 2020: Due to the success of the 2015-2016 Major Gifts Campaign, the LAP Foundation of NC has approved $108,406 in loans and grants for in-patient treatment, out-patient treatment, counseling, and medication for 28 lawyers and judges who could not afford the care they needed.

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 20 clients who qualify for financial assistance. They may not opt to take assistance, but they qualify.

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. There can be no 401K or IRA resources in the background. And those that qualify are unable to rely fully on family support or assistance to cover the necessary costs.

How are funds utilized?
– About half of the funds are used in a revolving loan program, with monies repaid by lawyers and judges over time. About half 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.

Website Accessibility

Our Commitment to Web Accessibility

LAP Foundation of NC, Inc. has designed, developed, and regularly monitors our website to support functional accessibility and applicable WCAG 2.1 A & AA guidelines.  We optimized this website with the assistance of our expert Section 508 and ADA web compliance audit teams which include WCAG experts with disabilities utilizing the following assistive technologies, browsers, and devices:

Assistive Technologies:
  • Screen readers
  • Screen magnifiers
  • Speech recognition software
  • Keyboard and alternative input devices
  • High contrast mode, etc.
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Devices:
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  • Smartphone
Support of WCAG 2.1 POUR Principles

This website supports the W3C WCAG POUR principles, which create the functional accessibility necessary for people with visual, auditory, mobility, and cognitive disabilities to access website content:

  • Perceivable – Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive. This means that users must be able to perceive the information being presented (it can’t be invisible to all their senses).
  • Operable – User interface components and navigation must be operable. This means that users must be able to operate the interface (the interface cannot require interaction that a user cannot perform).
  • Understandable – Information and the operation of user interface must be understandable. This means that users must be able to understand the information as well as the operation of the user interface (the content or operation cannot be beyond their understanding).
  • Robust – Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies. This means that users must be able to access the content as technologies advance (as technologies and user agents evolve, the content should remain accessible).
Website Accessibility Questions and Accommodation

If you have questions about the accessibility of this website, or require accommodation due to a disability, please contact us for immediate assistance:

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern

Email:
info@lapfoundationnc.org

Telephone:
Charlotte Office: (704) 503-9695

Headquarters:
LAP Foundation of NC, Inc.
312 Rensselaer Ave. #100
Charlotte, NC 28203

Legacy Society

What will your legacy be?

We all want to do something that really matters. Here’s one way you can.

Give someone down the road a real chance at a life in recovery. Our Legacy Society offers the unique opportunity to leave a truly life-affirming, life-transforming gift.

Joining the Legacy Society will ensure future generations of lawyers and judges will find the help and hope for recovery they will need during what most often proves to be the most desperate time in their lives. Members of the Legacy Society believe in the hope of real, lasting recovery because they have either lived it themselves or seen it firsthand in family members or friends. Legacy Society givers lay crucial groundwork for assisting lawyers and judges find help, enjoy sustained recovery and, ultimately, better serve the public.

Click here for more information about legacy giving. And please send us a message here to let us know we’re part of your plans — and know your gift will make a lasting impact. Once you advise us that we are part of your plans, we’ll add your name here.

Legacy Society Members

Steve Philo

“Just as I am concerned about my money while I am alive, I want my money to be used wisely when I am gone. I know I can entrust LAP Foundation of NC, Inc. to be good stewards and to use my money to pay for treatment for someone in dire need who cannot afford it. To say that recovery changed my life is an understatement. What better way to show my gratitude than to pay it forward to help the sick and suffering, so that they can also enjoy a life of recovery?”

“LAP had such a tremendous impact on my brother’s life, I couldn’t think of a better way to leave a legacy of hope behind than to offer other attorneys the opportunity to recover and thrive through the same help my brother received.”

“Finding myself entering the seventh decade of my life causes me to reflect on big questions, such as: What are the important things in life? What are the primary things I would like to accomplish in the time I have left on Earth? I experienced such relief and ultimately joy of getting help through LAP, and I want this legacy to live on for those in need who come after me.”

LAP encourages potential Legacy Society givers to speak with a financial advisor and estate attorney to determine their best options.

Legacy Society Giving Options

The Gift of Recovery

Whether you are considering a gift today or leaving a gift through your estate plan to the LAP Foundation of NC, Inc., please discuss this information with your financial advisor, attorney or other qualified professional. These gifts and bequests should always be part of a carefully coordinated estate plan.

Thinking of making a gift?

Here is the organizational information you may need about the LAP Foundation of NC:

LAP Foundation of NC, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Our tax identification number is 56-2142549.

Our mailing address is:

LAP Foundation of NC, Inc.
312 Rensselaer Ave, Suite 100
Charlotte, NC 28203

(704) 503-9695
info@lapfoundationnc.org

Family Considerations:   We recognize that our families and loved ones come first.  Even if your family members are the primary beneficiaries of your estate, consider naming LAP Foundation of NC, Inc., as a contingent beneficiary in your estate planning.

Flexibility and Changes to Your Estate Plan:  Gifts left through your will, trust or other designation can be changed if future circumstances require.

What are some ways to make a gift? Because LAP Foundation of North Carolina is a 501(c)(3) public charity, there are few ways which you may make gifts today other than donating online through our web portal or by check:

  • Gift of Appreciated Stock*

    If you itemize deductions on your tax return instead of using the standard deduction, making a gift through a transfer of appreciated stock you have owned for more than one year directly to LAP Foundation of North Carolina may increase the impact of your gift, as opposed to selling the appreciate stock, paying capital gains tax and contributing the balance.  If you are interested in making such a gift, please call or email us for transfer instructions.


  • Grant from Your Donor Advised Fund*

    If you have a donor advised fund, consider recommending a grant from your fund to LAP Foundation of North Carolina.


  • Charitable Rollover of your IRA*

    If you are over 70 ½ years of age, you can make a qualified charitable distribution to LAP Foundation of North Carolina.  Although you will receive no charitable deduction on your income tax return, the distribution, if made properly, may satisfy your required minimum distribution, in whole or part.


Considerations for making gifts through your estate plan:  As with giving during your lifetime, there are a number of ways which you can leave a gift to LAP Foundation of North Carolina through your estate plan.

  • Outright Bequest (Gift)

    Your will or revocable trust can provide for an outright bequest to LAP Foundation of North Carolina. For example, your trust or will could provide:

    a. Specific Dollar Amount: I give the sum of $____________ to LAP Foundation of NC, Inc. (Taxpayer ID No. 56-2142549).

    b. Percentage of Estate/Trust: I give ___% of my residuary estate to LAP Foundation of NC, Inc. (Taxpayer ID No. 56-2142549).  [In the case of a trust:  I give ___% of the remaining trust property to LAP Foundation of NC, Inc. (Taxpayer ID No. 56-2142549).]


  • Designation of Retirement Benefits (e.g., 401k, IRAs)

    You should consult with a qualified tax professional for these types of designations, but because LAP Foundation of NC, Inc is a 501(c)(3), it will not be required to pay income tax on 401k and IRA death benefits. You can name LAP Foundation of NC, Inc as a primary or contingent beneficiary of your 401k, IRA or similar retirement account.  Request a new beneficiary designation from your plan administrator or IRA custodian and use the LAP Foundation of NC, Inc. name, address and taxpayer ID number from above.


  • Life Insurance

    You can name LAP Foundation of NC, Inc as a primary or contingent beneficiary of your life insurance.  Request a new beneficiary designation from your life insurance company or agent. You can use the LAP Foundation of NC, Inc. name, address and taxpayer ID number from above.


  • Grant from Your Donor Advised Fund

    If you have a donor advised fund, consider recommending a grant from your fund to LAP Foundation of NC, Inc. as part of your estate plan.


*The above information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as tax or legal advice.  For tax and legal advice, you should consult with a qualified tax professional.

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 because their impairment has either clouded their judgement or left them incapable of adequately managing their affairs to the point they are in financial ruin. The LAP Foundation provides grants and loans to lawyers and judges who qualify financially for assistance. In order to qualify, a lawyer or judge must meet federal poverty income guidelines and not have the benefit of family assistance or funds in retirement savings vehicles like a 401K or IRA. Because lawyers and judges are reticent to ask for help, most grant and loan recipients are in some form or combination of bankruptcy, foreclosure and/or homelessness.

Board

Reid Acree, President, Salisbury
Shelli Buckner, Assistant Secretary, Sylva
Crawford Cleveland, Blowing Rock
Neal Ellis, Secretary, Raleigh
Rupen Fofaria, Vice President, Raleigh
Karen Lander, Greensboro
Patrick McNeely, Treasurer, Charlotte
John Parker, Charlotte
Roberta Sperry, Assistant Treasurer, Charlotte

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
  • The Honorable Selina Malherbe
  • William D. “Bill” Young
  • Assoc. 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
  • Alan & Pam Duncan, in honor of Barbara R. Christy
  • Eben Rawls
  • In Honor and Memory of Judge Phillip F. Howerton
  • Jerry Jernigan
  • John McCabe
  • The Honorable Thomas Moore
  • Anonymous, in Memory of Henry 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 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
  • Kris Pickler
  • 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
  • Brandon Shelton
  • W. Terry Sherrill
  • 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.'”


“Depression had consumed my life. The only way I could hide the hurt and pain was by using drugs. I saw no way out and didn’t care whether I lived or died. I was financially, emotionally, physically and spiritually bankrupt. Consequently, in 2018, I found myself unemployed without any insurance. The LAP Foundation of NC provided me a loan so that I could get the treatment and counseling that I desperately needed. My life has been transformed. LAP and that loan from the LAP Foundation saved my life. Becoming employed again during COVID has been a challenge, and the Foundation graciously extended my repayment deadline. Today, an attitude of gratitude is what consumes my life. I was so happy to be able to recently repay my loan in full. If it wasn’t for my family, friends, my support network, LAP, and the LAP Foundation of NC, I would not be here today.”


“NC LAP and the LAP Foundation stood up for me when I could not stand on my own. I had survived my entire life with the mistaken idea that seeking help was an indication of weakness. I was knocked down. I was afraid, and I was angry. I was facing the potential loss of my career and inability to provide for my family along with the realization that I could not fix the situation. Though I did not believe in mental health treatment, counseling, or support groups, I did all three. Miraculously, they all helped. I had no reliable income, and the LAP Foundation supported my recovery by loaning me money to obtain the services I needed. I am back to practicing law full-time and I could not be more grateful.”


“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 2015, the foundation assisted 31 lawyers with grants and loans totaling $92,000. Update as of October 2020: Due to the success of the 2015-2016 Major Gifts Campaign, the LAP Foundation of NC has approved $108,406 in loans and grants for in-patient treatment, out-patient treatment, counseling, and medication for 28 lawyers and judges who could not afford the care they needed.

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 20 clients who qualify for financial assistance. They may not opt to take assistance, but they qualify.

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. There can be no 401K or IRA resources in the background. And those that qualify are unable to rely fully on family support or assistance to cover the necessary costs.

How are funds utilized?
– About half of the funds are used in a revolving loan program, with monies repaid by lawyers and judges over time. About half 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.

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