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NJ Lawyer Assistance Program Director William Kane Receives EAP Professional of the Year Award
NJ Employee Assistance Program recognizes William Kane's leadership, support, and selfless service.
By: New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(New Brunswick April 27, 2018) The New Jersey Employee Assistance Professional Association (NJ EAPA) has selected William John "Bill" Kane, Esq., as the 2017-18 EAP of the Year Award. The award is presented annually to the Employee Assistance Professional (EAP) who demonstrates strong leadership within the EAP field, significant support for EAPA chapter activities, a commitment to serving individuals within their own organization and an ongoing commitment to core EAP values, integrity and selfless service to others.
William John "Bill" Kane, Esq., described by NJ EAPA as "a true legend in the EAP, Lawyers Assistance Programs and addiction fields," is the founder and Director of the New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP). The LAP was created in December 1993 to help lawyers, judges and law students experiencing personal problems that may affect their professional lives and is one of the premier LAPs in the country. Bill was one of the first Certified Employee Assistance Professionals (CEAP) in the nation as a member of the Association of Labor-Management Administrators and Consultants on Alcoholism (ALMACA), today known as the Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA).
"Bill Kane is one of the smartest, most compassionate, good humored and caring persons I've ever known. He has a tremendous historical perspective on human issues and is one of the real trailblazers in the field of employee assistance, especially when it involves helping anyone in the legal profession" states Kevin O'Neill, President of the NJ EAPA. "Bill makes individuals feel both welcomed and hopeful that their situation can improve."
Bill has served for more than 38 years as an Adjunct Faculty of the Rutgers University Center for Alcohol Studies and Summer Schools and taught throughout the country and Canada on alcoholism and the law, lawyers assistance programs, confidentiality and legal issues for EAPs and addiction professionals. He and his professional staff have helped thousands of individuals in the legal profession since 1993. Bill has been the recipient of the prestigious NJ State Bar's Medal of Honor Award, the NJ Commission on Professionalism's first annual Lighthouse Award, the NJ Judiciary Recognition Award and the McDonald and Cushman Memorial Award from the Canadian Bar Association. In addition, he received the Justice William Brennan Award for Citizenship and Leadership and the Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ's Person of the Year.
Bill is a graduate of both Seton Hall University School of Law and Seton Hall undergraduate program. He served as a Volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps for three years and was a founding faculty at Cameroun College of Arts & Science, an "A Level" Economics and British Economics History teacher, as well as a Community Development and TEFL Instructor, in Cameroun. He has authored several articles, "Young Smart Successful and Drunk" (The Barrister, ABA Young Lawyer Magazine) and "Alcohol Treatment – The Rahway Prison Model" and other articles on confidentiality regulations.
"Today, the NJLAP helps lawyers achieve and maintain well being, " said Kane. "We serve all lawyers in New Jersey through a small fee on yearly licensing. Confidentiality is paramount, and protected by both State and Federal law. Our message to all lawyers is, 'no matter what the problem, you do not have to manage alone.' "
The New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program is a confidential, free, and independent program assisting attorneys, judges, law students, and law graduates with substance use and mental health issues affecting personal and professional well being. The program offers assessments, referrals to substance use disorder and mental health resources if necessary, and ongoing support.
As part of the vision to help attorneys achieve and maintain well being, NJLAP delivers prevention and educational programs throughout the state. NJLAP maintains an active social media presence, sharing news, updates and health-related information of special interest to attorneys. A quarterly newsletter focuses on "Balance" and its importance.
NJLAP has no reporting relationships with the NJ Office of Attorney Ethics, bar associations, or any entity or tribunal. Funding is providing by a minimal assessment on all lawyer license renewal fees.
NJLAP's offices are located in the New Jersey Law Center at 1 Constitution Square, New Brunswick. Office hours are 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Outside those hours, and on holidays, non-urgent messages may be left on their main phone number at 800-246-5527. Calls will be returned on the next business day. Further information may be found at: www.njlap.org
The NJ EAPA is one of the most established and active Chapters within the International Employee Assistance Professional Association, an organization founded in 1971. EAPA is the world's largest, oldest, and most respected membership organization for employee assistance professionals. With members in over 40 countries around the globe, it is the world's most relied upon source of information and support for and about the employee assistance profession.
Contact: Noreen Braman, Program Manager
New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program