The Transitioning Lawyers Commission’s (TLC) purpose is to support lawyers with resources and services as they determine the best course of action to wind down a practice whether through Succession Planning or the Sale of Practice. For lawyers experiencing a decline in cognitive function, we also offer confidential Transitional Support Services. TLC consists of members of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) who want to work with lawyers in deciding on the best way to slow down and ultimately retire with dignity and grace.
As of July 2018, TLC is now a sub-group of the Professional Wellness Committee.
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Lawyers Assistance Programs in the News:
"Lawyers' lives are rife with stressful situations such as tight deadlines, angry clients and financial pressures. You may enjoy some challenges but lie awake at night worrying about others. If you are constantly faced with situations you find frustrating or worrisome, you will eventually feel stressed.
Anger and anxiety are both associated with strong physiological responses in our bodies. Chemicals such as cortisol and epinephrine are released to allow our bodies to respond to a perceived threat. This system works really well in circumstances where a physical response is needed, such as jumping out of a crosswalk when a bus is barreling down on you. You escape the threat and your heart rate and breathing return to normal in a matter of minutes. But when the stressor is chronic, like a difficult boss or billable hours you can’t quite meet, that’s a different story. Your body keeps producing stress hormones because it thinks you’re in danger. So you spend months or years in this state of heightened physiological arousal that, over time, causes a lot of wear and tear on your arteries, immune system and even your bones."
A combination of factors—most notably longer lifespans, retirement finance fears, and the bulging baby boom—have led to larger numbers of lawyers practicing beyond the traditional retirement age of 65.
For many bar associations—particularly at the state level, where lawyer discipline and licensing issues are often confronted—that has meant an increasing focus on how to deal with older attorneys and fears of age-related cognitive impairment. Programs and initiatives such as succession and retirement planning, learning to spot cognitive decline, and planned interventions to gracefully guide lawyers toward retirement are gaining traction, as concerns grow about protecting older attorneys and their clients.