If you contact AAP Hawaii about yourself or about an attorney colleague, you can rest assured that your call and anything you discuss with AAP Hawaii will be protected by strong rules of confidentiality:

Hawaii Supreme Court Rule 16.6. Confidentiality; privilege not to disclose.

(a) The identity of any person who provides information to the Director orLawyer Volunteer Committee shall be confidential and shall not be subject to discovery or subpoena.

(b) All records and information maintained by the Director, the Lawyer Volunteer Committee or their agents, employees or members relating to matters that are being or have been reviewed and evaluated by the Director or Committee shall be confidential and shall not be revealed to the Board, the supreme court or any other person and shall not be subject to discovery or subpoena; provided, however, that the Director may compile and disclose to the Board statistical information, devoid of all identifying data, relating to the AAP. (c) A participant in the AAP has a privilege to refuse to disclose and to prevent any other person from disclosing information provided to or maintained by the AAP. A “participant” shall include, but not be limited to, the Director, any employee or agent of the AAP, members of the Board, members of the Lawyers

Volunteer Committee, and attorneys, judges, and law students seeking assistance under the AAP.

(Added effective July 7, 1989; amended December 12, 2006, effective January 1, 2007.)

If you or someone you know is having problems with substance abuse, alcohol abuse, addiction or mental health, don't let fears about the disciplinary consequences prevent you from contacting us.  No potential disciplinary situation will be made worse by contacting AAP Hawaii.