Morris Nichols Contribution Bolsters the Delaware Lawyers Assistance Fund

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Morris Nichols is proud to contribute a $20,000 Leadership Gift to bolster the Delaware Lawyers Assistance Fund (DE-LAF). The DE-LAF plays a pivotal role in sustaining the initiatives of the Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program (DE-LAP), which provides confidential treatment to legal professionals contending with substance abuse/dependence and/or mental and physical health challenges.

“Our firm values the health and welfare of our team and the Delaware legal community more broadly,” said Bill Lafferty, chair of Morris Nichols’ executive committee. “Camaraderie and respect are hallmarks of the Delaware Bar. Backing the fund is just one way to show our support for our Delaware colleagues who need assistance.”

Established in 2014 to facilitate impaired lawyers’ access to outside treatment with top professionals, the Fund initially secured support and funding from the Delaware Judiciary, the Delaware State Bar Association, and the Delaware State Bar Insurance Services. Over the past ten years, the Fund has helped legal professionals receive critical treatment that otherwise would not have been available. Today, those funds have diminished.

“Now more than a decade old, the fund has provided financial resources for treatment for legal professionals who cannot otherwise afford it,” said Karen Jacobs, Morris Nichols IP partner and DE-LAF co-chair. “Support from law firms will ensure these efforts continue for another decade and beyond.”

About the Delaware Lawyers Assistance Fund (DE-LAF)

The DE-LAF is a non-profit corporation, under IRS section 501(c)(3), operating under the management of an elected Board of Governors selected by the Delaware Supreme Court, the DSBA President, DE-LAP, and the DSBA’s Lawyers Assistance Committee. Learn more about The Fund.

About The Delaware Lawyers Assistance Program

The DE-LAP provides confidential assistance to Judges and Lawyers. Our goal is to help individuals identify problems affecting their work productivity and/or their quality of life while assisting them in developing effective solutions for those problems thereby culminating in a workplace atmosphere that encourages health and wellness, professional growth and maintains the integrity of the legal profession.


Recognized as Delaware’s premier law firm, Morris Nichols handles bet-the-company, high-stakes matters in the four key areas of corporate litigation, alternative entities and corporate counseling, bankruptcy and restructuring, and intellectual property litigation. The firm is regularly involved as lead counsel or co-counsel in matters of national and international significance, as well as those affecting its immediate community.

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