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The BAEC board of directors recently adopted a model policy to suggest and formalize the rights and responsibilities of law firms who employ attorneys struggling with substance abuse, depressive illness and similar challenges. The policy is designed to help law firms and legal departments address these issues when they affect job performance.

Early intervention and treatment are the goals of this policy and adopting it will help to maintain the integrity of our profession and proctect our clients, along with ensuring the viability and efficiency of individual law firms and legal departments.

The document can easily be tailored to fit into existing personnel policies and is best used to augment broader policies that cover work conduct, disciplinary procedures, paid leave and health insurance benefits.

Lawyer Assistance Trust Model Policy