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Director of Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program

Organization: Nebraska State Bar Association
Date Posted: 4/4/2017
Date Needed: 4/26/2017
City: Lincoln
Country: United States
Primary Category: Attorney Positions
Type of Position: Full-Time

Description & Details

Nebraska State Bar Association



Salary Range:  Exempt: $75,000-100,000

Background:  The Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program (NLAP) offers help to lawyers, judges and law students troubled by substance abuse problems, stress, depression and other types of disorders, accidents, and illnesses, including aging that may impair their ability to perform in a competent and professional manner.  NLAP was created for this purpose in 1995 by the NSBA.  The Director and volunteers of NLAP, who are members of the NSBA’s Committee on the Nebraska Lawyers Assistance Program, know the problems faced by their impaired colleagues and how to help overcome these problems, assisting lawyers, judges, law students, their families and staffs, and they know the importance of protecting the public and the reputation of the bar and judiciary.

Because of the sensitive nature of addiction, psychological problems, and other issues addressed by NLAP, individuals who may be in need of help are often very reluctant to seek it.  Recognizing this concern and in order to foster early and confidential contact with NLAP and its volunteers, the Supreme Court of Nebraska adopted NE Ct. Rule of Professional Conduct 3-501.6(c) and NE Ct. R. 3-322(B).

The Director oversees a program providing on-call services and around the clock availability 24/7 to answer questions, provide advice and to assist with arrangements for individuals requiring hospitalization, treatment or other assistance, including maintaining and covering their practices.  In addition, the Director is regularly involved with firms, families and friends when intervention is necessary.  As part of NLAP’s responsibilities, the Director is involved in monitoring as may be requested by the Court.  Education and prevention are also a part of NLAP, and the Director presents at CLE programs around the state and makes presentations to law schools and other organizations.

NLAP provides a peer support network. The affected person will be paired with a recovering lawyer or judge in his/her geographical area to provide support by acting as a mentor, guiding him/her into and through the recovery process and assisting him/her in the maintenance of their recovery and practices.

Time spent in direction and support of NLAP is 95%.


The purpose of the Nebraska Legal Fee Arbitration Program is to provide for the expeditious resolution through voluntary arbitration of disputes involving fees charges by attorneys.  Additionally, the purpose is to provide for voluntary arbitration of fee disputes between attorneys in their professional capacity and physicians, stenographers, consultants, and expert witnesses.

All initial calls come to the Coordinator and most of the matters (about 90%) are resolved upon that contact.  The balance of the cases in which formal petitions are filed by the client, attorney or others are disposed of by a voluntary attorney administrator in the Supreme Court District in which the matter arose.

Time spent in support of NSBA Fee Arbitration Program, ˂5%.

NLAP Director Specific Duties:

1.    Maintain a comprehensive service organization providing support services to all attorneys licensed in the state and law students needing support and/or treatment for issues impairing the ability to effectively practice law.

2.    Provide initial response to help line calls.

3.    Screen and make appropriate referrals.

4.    Help lawyers, judges, law firms, law schools, and courts to identify and refer to appropriate resources.

5.    Furnish members of the legal community and their families with information regarding resources available to provide counseling and treatment for chemical dependency, mental health disorders, and other disabilities and stressors impacting the ability to practice law, including those available without charge as well as paid services.

6.    Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with the Attorney Services Division of the Courts, courts, law schools, and other bar agencies and committees that serve either as sources of referral or resources in providing help.

7.    Provide monitoring and other services as needed for the Attorney Services Division of the Court.

8.    Develop and present educational programs and develop web resources for the legal community (including law schools) with respect to the sources of potential lawyer impairment, including quality of life issues, as well as treatment and preventative measures.

9.    Develop and implement marketing materials and strategies to inform the bar, the courts, law schools, and the families of legal professionals about the types of mental health, substance abuse, and other problems confronting the legal profession, as well as the availability of LAP services.

10.  Recruit, select, and train NLAP volunteers and make web resources available to those volunteers.

11.  In appropriate situations, (i.e. where no issue of confidentiality exists), provide information regarding a legal professional’s progress or lack of progress in recovery.

12.  Other duties as assigned.




  • Juris Doctorate strongly preferred
  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in human services field (e.g., psychology, social work, behavioral health, etc.).

Desired Background & Experience

  • The Director should have sufficient experience and training to enable him/her to identify, screen and refer/assist lawyers, judges, and law students affected by impairment.
  • Demonstrate sufficient administrative expertise to competently manage a human services organization.
  • Personal or professional experience in the treatment of substance use and/or mental health disorders.
  • Strong service orientation.  Previous experience in managing volunteer resources.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of intervention techniques.
  • Familiarity with motivational interviewing techniques.
  • Ability to screen to make appropriate referrals.
  • Knowledge of professional assistance programs and case management is desirable.
  • Working knowledge of computer software, including Microsoft Word, database management, PowerPoint, e-mail and the Internet.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Physical Requirements
  • Computer use; vision, dexterity and stamina appropriate to the position
  • Communications – Verbal:  Moderate phone usage, frequent presentations.  Appropriate contact with the bench and bar.
  • Communications – Written:  Moderate correspondence; creation of letters; writing of policies; committee meeting minutes; and other memos and materials related to project goals.
  • Travel:  Valid Nebraska driver’s license (or ability to obtain one if moving to Nebraska).  The position requires considerable travel, mostly by car, with occasional meetings elsewhere in the state or other states.

Personal Characteristics

  •  High degree of moral character, professionalism and integrity
  • Trustworthiness, especially with confidential data
  • Positive attitude and team orientation
  • Self-motivated and willing to innovate

How to Apply / Contact

Please send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Liz Neeley, NSBA Executive Director by April 26, 2017:

Nebraska State Bar Association
Attn: Liz Neeley
635 S. 14th Street, Ste 200
Lincoln, NE 68508

Or submit electronically to  

Nebraska State Bar Association, 635 S. 14th St., Suite 200, Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 475-7091; Toll Free (800) 927-0117; FAX (402) 475-7098