WHAT WE DO

 HUNDREDS OF 

 TEXAS LAWYERS 

 HAVE BEEN HELPED 

 BY THE SHEERAN-CROWLEY TRUST. 

THE TRUST

The Patrick D. Sheeran & Michael J. Crowley Memorial Trust provides financial help to Texas attorneys, judges, and law students who need treatment for substance use, depression, and other mental health issues. These attorneys often find themselves without health insurance and without the means to pay for services. 

 

Created in 1995, the trust is administered by volunteer trustees who are members of Texas Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, an organization that works closely with the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program of the State Bar of Texas.

 

Applicants must be receiving services from TLAP and demonstrate financial need. Once the trustees approve an individual’s application for assistance, a grant is made payable directly to the treatment provider. All applicants are asked to make a moral commitment to repay the grant. 

THE HARD TRUTH

32%

OF LAWYERS 30 YEARS OLD

OR YOUNGER HAVE A DRINKING PROBLEM 

28%

OF LAWYERS STRUGGLE WITH SOME LEVEL OF DEPRESSION

11%

OF LAWYERS HAVE HAD SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AT SOME POINT

IN THEIR CAREER  

The Sheeran-Crowley Trust is the only one in existence that serves both substance use and mental health needs of Texas lawyers. It is funded solely by lawyers’ contributions. All contributions (other than bookkeeping fees) go to providing assistance to Texas lawyers. 

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In the past three years alone, thanks in part to a donation by the State Bar of Texas, the trust has distributed nearly $235,000 in grants to attorneys for inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, and therapeutic and/or psychiatric outpatient care. Since 2011, hundreds of grants have been awarded. Still, the number of lawyers in need of assistance is much larger.