President Scott M. Karson Issues Statement Honoring the 30th Anniversary of the Lawyer Assistance Program

By Susan DeSantis

Lawyers Are the Guardians of Justice

Scott M. Karson, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement in honor of the 30th anniversary of the association’s Lawyer Assistance Program:

“The pioneering effort of the Lawyer Assistance Program has saved the lives of countless struggling lawyers, helping them restore their good health and resurrect their careers. Over the past three decades, we have seen many clients of the Program completely rebuild their lives – both personally and professionally. I extend my sincere thanks to the volunteers and staff of the Program for their tireless and noble work. We all must recognize that the mental and physical well-being of attorneys is critical to the effective practice of law, protection of the public trust and the vibrancy of our profession. That is why one of my major initiatives as president has been the creation of the Task Force on Attorney Well-Being, which has nine working groups studying ways to improve both the mental and physical health of attorneys.”

About the New York State Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since 1876, the Association has helped shape the development of law, educated and informed the legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New Yorkers through advocacy and guidance in our communities.


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