Getting Help Doesn't Sabotage Your Career, But Not Getting Help Can!

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) was created to confidentially expand help to Judges and Lawyers with substance abuse/dependence and/or mental and physical health problems.

Mission Statement

The Mission of The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) is to provide confidential assistance to Judges and Lawyers. Our goal is to help individuals identify problems affecting their work productivity and/or their quality of life while assisting them in developing effective solutions for those problems thereby culminating  in a workplace atmosphere that encourages health and wellness, professional growth and maintains the integrity of the legal profession.

Program Design

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) provides a confidential, free, non-disciplinary way for Delaware's Judges and Lawyers to seek appropriate help for problems before they sabotage an individual's career and/or quality of life. Referrals are confidential.

Suicide Prevention

If you or anyone you know is struggling with suicide, please call 1-800-273-8255 or visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Any legal professional that seeks assistance as a self-referral can be assured that their information will be held in the strictest confidence. Similarly, those who are concerned about a co-worker, peer or other legal professional are guaranteed the same confidentiality.

Carol P. Waldhauser, Executive Director

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP)

405 N. King Street, Suite 100B, Wilmington, DE 19801

(302) 777-0124

R. Judson Scaggs, Jr., Esquire, Chair

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP)

Lawyers Assistance Committee


Karen Jacobs, Esquire, Chair

The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP)

Professional Guidance Committee



Well-Being Is Part of Lawyer Fitness-How You Can Make It Part of You!

DE-LAP Well-Being Opportunities:

Happy Spring! Join us in specific new ways to implement well-being in the legal profession:

Traditional Kick-Off of Tri-County WALK: this was so successful last year that we are making it a tradition this year while giving you a purpose to pencil time for yourself. Kick Off May 12th more information to follow for each county walk.

ELEPHANT IN ROOM: Lawyers and Mental Health Concerns. What Can We Do Better for You?

In recent years, burnout has become a hot topic in the workplace. With long hours and growing demands, more and more lawyers, judges, and staff struggle to keep up.

The traditional solution has been simply to work harder and push through. Conversely in the post-covid-19 era, this is no longer sustainable. The Town Halls are designed for all of us to listen and learn on how we can create a workplace and profession that supports mental health, fitness and over-all well-being.

A series of two (2) virtual Town Hall meetings, hosted by DE-LAP, The DSBA Professional Guidance Committee and the DSBA Lawyer Assistance Committee, with a panel of mental health, business and legal professionals, to discuss and learn of problems and possible solutions voiced by you; the human capital of the legal profession. CLE credit available (Ethics @ $50.00 per credit through DSBA) otherwise if you do not want the credits; it is free to all Judges, lawyers, law students, paralegals, law office managers/administrators, et al.

July 12, 2022@4:30 PM (ZOOM)
Mental Health Concerns in the Profession and how we

can help to create a workplace and profession that supports mental health. (Panel discussion)

July 19, 2022@4:30 PM (ZOOM)
What we hear. A discussion of your id blueprints to

design, help and how to implement change.

Back to May: Upcoming Well-being Opportunities:

Practicing Joy, Gratitude, and Awe - Monday, May 2, 3:00 – 4:-00 PM ET
4 Spiritual Practices to Foster Greater Purpose in Your Everyday Life - Tuesday, May 3, 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET
Writing for Well-Being - Wednesday, May 4, 4:00 – 5:00 PM ET
Humming Jazmine Sullivan: Emotion Regulation Practices for Legal Professionals – Friday, May 6, 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET
Practical Mindfulness: Taking Mindfulness Off the Cushion and Into Your Legal Practice for Greater Resilience, Calm and Joy – Monday, May 2, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
What the Worst Day of Your Life Can Teach You: Shifting Your Paradigm of Rejection – Tuesday, May 3, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET
Redefining Crisis Management: Supporting Lawyer’s Wellbeing by Supporting Client’s Wellbeing - Wednesday, May 4, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
Creativity, Collaboration, & Redefining Success: A Pathway to Wellbeing – Thursday, May 5, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
It’s Time to Talk: Navigating and Surviving Trauma and Grief in the Legal Profession – Friday, May 6, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET

Many other recommended resources, free-for-all programs, and inspirations are available in this
Participation Guide. For general information and activity ideas, visit

Remember too, May is Mental Health and Lawyer Well-being Month – Pencil yourself in! Plus, June is the DSBA’S Journal Wellness Issue if you, or someone you know, has ideas – e-mail at

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