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Bellacosa Report

Read the report of Hon. Judith S. Kaye's Commission on Alcohol and Substance Abuse in the Profession, issued December 15, 2000.  The Commission was chaired by Judge Joseph W. Bellacosa, then Senior Associate Judge, New York State Court of Appeals.
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Recovery Stories

Attorneys in recovery from alcoholism and addictions were encouraged to write their personal stories, helping to shed light on the underlying disease and the process of recovery. 
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"Hope, Health and Healing" by Barbara Smith. This article appears in the Summer 2005 issue of the Government, Law and Policy Journal, [Vol. 7, No. 1], a publication of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Attorneys in Public Service, produced in cooperation with the Government Law Center at Albany Law School.


"Going Up River: Lawyer Discipline, Lawyer Assistance and The Legal Profession's Response to Lawyer Addiction". This article provides background and history on the development of the lawyer assistance movement in New York State and the United States, as well as information on how alcoholism (and other Lawyer Assistance issues) are addressed in professional disciplinary matters.  First published by the NYSBA Committee on Attorneys in Public Service in their "Government, Law and Policy Journal" 2010, [Volume 12, No. 2].


"History of the Lawyer Assistance Movement" remarks delivered to the New York State Bar Association Lawyer Assistance Committee and the Lawyer Assistance Trust Board at meetings in New York City on January 26 & 27, 2011 on the History of the Lawyer Assistance Movement and its pioneers