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

A Confidential Lifeline for the Legal Community

The Mission of The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP) is to provide confidential assistance to Judges and Lawyers. Our goal is to help them identify problems affecting their work productivity or their quality of life and assisting them in developing effective solutions for their issues.  The hope is to develop a workplace atmosphere that encourages health and wellness, professional growth which 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.

Lawyers Assistance and Guidance Committee

Mark S. Vavala, Esquire, Executive Director

Executive Director of The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP)

704 N. King Street Wilmington, Delaware 19801

(302) 777-0124

Lawyers Assistance and Guidance Committee

Victoria R. Sweeney, Co-Chair

Deputy Attorney General

Department of Justice

Carvel State Building, 6th Floor
820 North French Street Wilmington, Delaware 19801


Candace Holmes, Esquire, Co-Chair

Schmittinger & Rodrigues

414 South State Street Dover, DE 19901

Phone: 302-674-0140


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