Leavenworth attorney named executive director of Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program

Longtime attorney and Leavenworth resident Louis Clothier has been named executive director of the Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program beginning August 27. KALAP helps lawyers seek treatment for physical or mental illness, substance abuse, or emotional distress. Created in 2001, it operates under the direction of the Kansas Supreme Court. Clothier succeeds Anne McDonald of Kansas City, Kansas, who has been executive director of KALAP since 2009 and before that was a member of the original board.

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen, who is the court's liaison to KALAP, said, "Finding a replacement for Anne McDonald was a tall order, but I believe we found someone we hope will be every bit as effective as she was in this role." He added, "Lou's many years of experience as a litigator prepared him to serve as executive director and his candid humility will resonate with the attorneys and judges who come into contact with KALAP for deeply personal reasons."

Clothier considers himself one of KALAP's success stories, completing substance abuse treatment and salvaging his legal career. Clothier said he wasn't confident he would be hired to head KALAP, but saw it as "a wonderful opportunity to help other attorneys" in the way he had been helped. The legal profession is considered one of the more stressful occupations, and statistics show attorneys are two to three times more likely to exhibit anxiety, suffer from depression, or become addicted to alcohol or drugs than the general population. "The field of law is very rewarding, very honorable, and law

Mary Shultz