There are limits to the assistance that Life in Law can provide. For example, we cannot deal with legal ethical issues typically dealt with by Benchers or legal practice advice that can be given by practice advisory committees.
Life in Law sessions are not designed to give substantive legal advice. They are not counselling sessions and participants should seek independent medical assistance for mental health and/or other health related issues.
If you are a Canadian lawyer, paralegal, law student, judge, or one of their family members and require support related to practice advice, legal or ethical issues, addiction, mental and/or physical health, you should reach out to one of the support services listed below.
If you need immediate, emergency help, please call 911.
The Canada Suicide Prevention Service
- Text 45645
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, the Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available 24/7 for voice and 4pm to 12am ET for text.
| BRITISH COLUMBIA |
- P: 604.443.5797 (no need to dial area code)
- F: 604.646.5902
- E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Benchers sit on discipline hearing panels and credentials hearing panels; advising members on Law Society activities, matters of professional responsibility, and acting as a liaison with local and county bar associations and members of the public.
Equity Ombudsperson - The Law Society of BC
Lawyers Assistance Program Of British Columbia
- P: 1.888.685.2171
- P: 604.685.2717
- Law Assistance Program of British Columbia
- Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
This program provides confidential outreach, education, support, and referrals to lawyers and other members of the legal community relating to alcohol and drugs, anxiety and depression, career and work issues, codependence, family issues, health and medical issues, legal and financing issues, gambling, relationship issues, and stress.
Lifeworks Canada - The Law Society of BC
Personal counselling and referral services relating to Life’s questions, issues and concerns, handling stress, maintaining relationships, challenges at work, parenting and childcare, managing money, caring for an older relative, health issues. Confidential and available at no cost to the individual BC lawyers and articled students and their immediate families.
Practice Advice - The Law Society of BC
Law Society practice advisors help lawyers with practice and ethical advice relating to Law Society Rules, Code of Professional Conduct for British Columbia, practice management, practice and ethics advice, client identification and verification, client relationships, lawyer relationships, help with directing enquiries to the Ethics Committee, and scams and fraud alerts. All communications between practice advisors and lawyers are strictly confidential except in cases of trust fund shortages.
Trans Care BC
- Toll-free (BC): 1.866.999.1514
- Outside BC or unable to call a toll-free number: 604.675.3647
- E: email@example.com
Trans Care BC supports the delivery of equitable and accessible care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across the province.
| ONTARIO |
Distress and Crisis Ontario
Law Society of Ontario – General Inquiries
Law Society of Ontario – Discrimination and Harassment Counsel
- Telephone: 1-877-790-2200
- E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Discrimination and Harassment Counsel confidentially assists anyone who may have experienced discrimination or harassment by a lawyer or paralegal. Complaints of harassment or discrimination in the provision of Law Society services should be brought to the attention of Equity Initiatives at email@example.com
Members Assistance Program for Lawyers and Paralegals
- Telephone: 1-855-403-8922
The Member Assistance Program (MAP) is provided by Homewood Health. MAP is a confidential service funded by and fully independent of the Law Society of Ontario and LawPRO. MAP provides secure, single sign-on or telephone access to counselling, coaching, online resources and peer volunteers. Members can get professional help with issues related to addictions, mental or physical health, work-life balance, career, family and more.
Ontario Bar Association
The Ontario Bar Association (OBA), a branch of the CBA, represents close to 16,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers and law students from across the province. The CBA is an advocate for members of the legal profession, and promote fair justice systems, facilitate effective law reform, uphold equality in the legal profession and are devoted to eliminating discrimination.
Women’s Law Association of Ontario
- Toll Free: 1.888.723.8883
- Phone: 416.410.7267
The Women’s Law Association of Ontario is dedicated to empowering women in the legal professional by providing a collective voice and advocating for equality, diversity and change.