The Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program ("TLAP") was established by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court (the "Court") in 1999. The mission and general structure of TLAP are set forth in Rule 33 of the Tennessee Supreme Court Rules.
TLAP is a free, confidential assistance program providing consultation, referral, intervention, and crisis counseling for lawyers, judges, bar applicants and law students who are struggling with substance abuse, stress or emotional health issues. TLAP’s work contributes to the protection of the public and the improvement of the integrity and reputation of the legal profession. Statistics support that assistance to an affected lawyer often prevents future ethical violations, thereby reducing the number of disciplinary actions.
The MISSION of TLAP is threefold:
To PROTECT the interest of clients, litigants and the general public from harm caused by impaired lawyers or judge;
To ASSIST impaired members of the legal profession to begin and continue recovery;
To EDUCATE the bench and bar to the causes of and remedies for impairments affecting members of the legal profession.