A Job Well Done

first_imgA Job Well Done January 15, 2005 Regular News A Job Well Done CHARLES O. HAGAN, JR.,thought he came to Tallahassee to tell the Supreme Court about the early days of Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., which provides confidential peer support for attorneys, judges, and law students impaired by reason of alcohol, drugs, or psychological problems. But Hagan, center, was really lured to the capital city in December to be recognized by the court and the Bar for his work in establishing the organization and for serving as its executive director from its creation in 1986 until his retirement in 1992. Chief Justice Barbara Pariente, left, lauded Hagan for helping develop a program that became a model for lawyer assistance programs throughout the country; creating a hotline for those seeking assistance; establishing a network of monitors who assist lawyers seeking help; and developing support group meetings available to lawyers. Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, right, said, as a result of Hagan’s dedication, FLA has opened more than 2,600 formal cases, made approximately 10,000 informal contacts, and has positively affected some 30,000 people. Just weeks later on January 3, Hagan passed away after a battle with cancer.last_img