Erica Grigg credits the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program with saving her life. This month, she became director of the 37-year-old program.
The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program (TLAP) provides confidential help, referrals, and peer assistance programs to lawyers, judges, and law students experiencing mental health or substance use disorders.
“Years ago, I reached out to TLAP for help while in the throes of alcohol addiction and untreated, severe depression. This program and its resources saved my life and career,” Grigg said. “It is the honor of a lifetime to now have the opportunity to give back to TLAP and the profession I love.”
Grigg became a Texas lawyer in 2001 after graduating with her J.D. from the University of Texas Law School. She is pursuing her master’s degree in clinical mental health from Lamar University and will complete it in summer 2022.
Before joining the TLAP staff as lead professional in 2018, Grigg served as a volunteer for the program for nine years. Grigg was a litigation attorney at Spivey & Grigg LLP in Austin from 2014 to 2018 focusing on civil rights and personal injury law.
She is a member of the American Counselors Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Capitol Area Trial Lawyers Association. Grigg earned State Bar of Texas Presidential Citations in 2019 and 2016.
Grigg succeeds Chris Ritter, who had been director of TLAP since 2018. Ritter has joined the State Bar of Texas office of legal counsel.
TLAP can be reached 24 hours a day by calling or texting 800-343-TLAP (8527). Additional resources are available at tlaphelps.org.