Family Friends Neighbors Co-Workers Support System GearsGood lawyers commit themselves to helping their clients in every possible way. While there’s great satisfaction in this, there can also be a fair amount of stress that comes along with it. Add any personal issues into the mix, and the pressure can lead to unhealthy coping responses.

If you are or know of a lawyer in DuPage County who is struggling to cope with stress, or if you are a family member being affected by this struggle, there is help available from the Lawyers’ Assistance Program, Inc. (LAP).

For over 30 years, this non-profit organization has offered free, confidential assistance to lawyers, law students, judges and their respective family members in a respectful, non-judgmental way.

In addition, anyone concerned about a friend, family member, or colleague in the legal profession can contact LAP for additional help with their own stress and concerns that come with being a caretaker or support system for this person.

Specific assistance includes free individual assessments, short-term counseling, support groups, attendance at two weekly 12-step meetings, and referrals for those who need or want continued treatment beyond what LAP offers.

LAP also hand picks and trains volunteers from the local legal community who provide confidential peer support for certain situations. As a DuPage County Divorce Attorney, I’m honored to have been chosen to be a peer volunteer for the Lawyers’ Assistance Program, and I value the trust placed in me to help my fellow legal professionals.

The Illinois LAP office is located in Chicago at 20 South Clark Street, Suite 1820, and there are several ways to contact them:

You can also contact me directly for information on LAP or for help with your divorce planning process in DuPage County and surrounding areas.


Erin BirtIllinois attorney Erin Birt is a skilled legal professional with over ten years of experience in trial and divorce law serving clients in many DuPage County cities including Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Warrenville and Winfield.

She opened the Law Firm of Erin Birt, P.C. in 2010 to offer her clients alternative divorce resolution services, specialized collaborative divorce options and family law expertise. She and her expert team continually develop creative outcomes such as divorce mediation and family law mediation that work for all parties involved, particularly children.

Ms. Birt holds a J.D. from DePaul College of Law and is a member of the Collaborative Practice Professionals of Illinois, the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois, the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the DuPage County Bar Association. She is a past board member and presenter for the Mediation Council of Illinois.