Mission Statement

To provide a caring peer assistance program to save the lives and restore the health and professional competence of Pennsylvania’s judges and lawyers, members of their families, and law students who are at risk as a result of alcohol and drug use, gambling, depression or other serious mental illness. We carry out this mission through a combination of confidential helpline services, volunteer support and education.


Who We Are

Judges Concerned for Judges (JCJ) is a judges assistance program operating separately from (but under the umbrella of) Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, Inc. (LCL).

LCL is an independent, non-profit corporation run entirely by judges and lawyers for the benefit of the Bench and Bar. Both LCL and JCJ are made up of men and women who are either in recovery or are otherwise concerned about their colleagues who are struggling with stress, anxiety, depression, bipolar, substance abuse, alcoholism, addiction to medication or other drugs, problem gambling, eating disorders, compulsive behaviors, and various emotional or mental health disorders. We understand these illnesses and we understand the pain, fear and frustration of the judge who is in distress. We offer nonjudgmental, discreet and confidential assistance.

Click here to watch the JCJ Overview Video Presentation

We can often help when others cannot.


For Additional Information

Laurie J. Besden, Esq., Executive Director

Administrative Office: 1-800-335-2572

May We Assist?


We Can Often Help When Others Cannot

  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Problem Drinking
  • Depression
  • Prescription Drug Problem
  • Bipolar (Manic-Depression)
  • Illicit Drug Use
  • Eating Disorders
  • Problem Gambling
  • Compulsive Behaviors
  • Process Addictions