About Us

LAPBC is an independent organization of members of the BC legal community (lawyers, articling and law students, judges, families and support staff). We provide confidential counselling, peer support and referral services to help people deal with personal problems – including alcohol and drug dependence, stress and anxiety, depression and other issues. These are all treatable illnesses, not moral issues.

As legal professionals ourselves, we understand the unique problems and challenges that all legal professionals face. Our committed volunteers and staff provide confidential, compassionate, and knowledgeable help, including outreach, support and education. We are non-judgmental. We do not prejudge or pre-assess the person. We are concerned with observations of behaviours, conduct, and consequences and we work with individuals to help them come up with solutions that work for that individual. We seek to foster collegiality among our peers and to promote health and well-being in our communities.

Whether you are seeking information for yourself or someone else, the LAPBC website aims to help. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Our Lawyer-Counsellors

Volunteers & Board of Directors

LAPBC is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and run by dedicated staff with the assistance of committed peer volunteers. The BC Law Society collects a levy from Law Society members to fund our services, but otherwise we are entirely independent. All inquiries and interactions with us are strictly confidential.

LAPBC could not exist without the support of hundreds of volunteers from the BC legal community. These committed individuals allow LAPBC to continue its lifesaving mission – they're located throughout the province, participate in training sessions and share a deep conviction that the volunteer work they do makes a positive impact on both individuals and communities.

Board of Directors

John B. Arnesen

Robin N. McFee, Q.C.
Sugden McFee & Roos LLP, Vancouver

David Paul, Q.C.
Paul & Company, Kamloops

Ian W. Burroughs
Kerfoot Burroughs LLP, Vancouver

Jaime D. Ashby
North Shore Law LLP

Mark Tweedy
Mediator & Arbitrator, Vancouver

Dawn M. Kuehn
Family Law Practitioner, Kelowna

Merle Alexander, Q.C.
Miller Titerle, Victoria

Brian Daley
Provincial Court Judge