About the KBA:
Organization's Who’s Who
Leaders of the Knoxville Bar Association
Committees and Sections
KBA Committees and Sections
The work of the Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee (the "LCL Committee") supports the KBA's Goals and Objectives because the LCL Committee works to assist judges, lawyers and law students with behavioral health related issues, whether it be alcohol or drug dependency, depression or other mental health issues. The LCL Committee assists these individuals in identifying, treating and recovering from these illnesses, which in turn protects the interests of clients and the public from harm caused by impaired judges and lawyers. The LCL Committee also works to educate the bench and bar as to the causes and treatments for behavioral health related issues in order to facilitate the prevention of harm that can be caused to and by impaired members of the legal profession. All of this work by the Committee supports various components of the KBA's mission, including but not limited to (i) helping the KBA serve as a leader in advancing excellence, ethical conduct, professionalism and public responsibility in the legal profession, and (ii) helping the KBA to identify and support the needs of a diverse membership and foster an environment in which members experience a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in the practice of law. The LCL Committee worked quietly behind the scenes in 2012, on a confidential basis and in conjunction with TLAP, to assist judges, lawyers and law students with behavioral health related issues. Based upon the confidential nature of the Committee's business, we are not at liberty to disclose or publicize the results of our work with members of the bench and bar in 2012. The LCL Committee also worked in conjunction with TLAP in 2012 to educate the bench and bar as to the causes and treatments for behavioral health related illnesses, including presentations to the Tennessee Conference of District Attorneys General in Knoxville on October 16, 2012, and distributing educational literature at local law school orientations.
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Activities
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee
members provide assistance to lawyers, law firms and families of lawyers
suffering from alcoholism, addiction or other mental or
emotional problems that impair the lawyers' ability to practice law.
Help when you need it. Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers is a free,
confidential membership service of the Knoxville Bar Association.
For more information, please contact Jim Cornelius at 292-2515 or John Butler at 244-3925.