Because of the sensitive nature of addiction and psychological problems, law students, attorneys, or judges who need help -- or want to assist someone else who might need help -- are often reluctant to seek assistance. Recognizing this concern, and in order to foster early and confidential contact, the New Hampshire Supreme Court, through its rules, protects the confidentiality of all contacts between those who utilize the program and the employees and volunteers of NHLAP. Any information between NHLAP employees and volunteers, and a lawyer, judge or law student who seeks assistance, is strictly confidential and will not be disclosed except upon express, written release by the affected person.
NHLAP was created by Supreme Court Rule 58, which was adopted from the ABA Model Rule for Lawyer Assistance programs. It is the culmination of over 20 years of in New Hampshire by two separate organizations, the Lawyers Assistance Committee of the NHBA, and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, a 12-step based self-help group for lawyers.
To review provisions rules governing NHLAP’s confidentiality of information, please see New Hampshire Supreme Court Rules 58.8, 58.9, 37 (1)(e), and New Hampshire Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 8.3.
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