A Brief History of the Women Attorney Peer Counselor Group
In 1994 the newly formed New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program (NJLAP) created the Women Attorney Peer Counselor (WAPC) group as a specialized program of female attorneys reaching out and helping other women attorneys experiencing difficulties with substance abuse and other issues. Since that time, it evolved into a monthly support group for female attorneys, judges, law students and law school graduates in recovery. Within the last several years, the group expanded its focus to include mental health issues encompassing depression and anxiety, to the same groups of women.
The format of the WAPC monthly meetings continue to provide the assurance of a confidential setting. NJLAP staff will personally interview any interested newcomer to this group prior to extending an invitation to participate. These monthly meetings occasionally offer guest speakers. The usual one hour of private, confidential sharing takes place after the speaker presentation.