Mission of AAP
The mission of the Attorneys and Judges Assistance Program is to provide immediate and continuing confidential assistance to attorneys who practice law in the State of Hawai‘i, judges of the courts of the State of Hawai‘i, and law students of the University of Hawai‘i at the Richardson School of Law who suffer from problems, disability or impairment which affect their professional performance for any reason, including but not limited to excessive use of alcohol or drugs, physical or mental illness, or other infirmity. Professional performance is affected when an attorney, judge, or law student is incapable of devoting the time and attention to, and providing the quality of service in, his or her law practice, judicial duties, or law studies which is necessary to protect the interest of a client, litigant, or law school career.
Confidentiality is the cornerstone of AAP. Any legal professional that seeks assistance can be assured that their information is privileged and will be held in the strictest confidence. Similarly, those who are concerned about a co-worker, peer family members, friends, or other legal professional are guaranteed the same confidentiality. (HSCT Rule 16.6)