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Wednesday, June 5 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Trauma Informed Lawyering LIMITED

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Lawyers working with clients who are poor, disabled, underrepresented, experiencing chronic illness or mental health conditions, or are victims of sexual assault or domestic violence are likely to find that many of their clients are survivors of trauma, whether as children, in domestic relationship or the trauma inherent in long term poverty.  That trauma informs how our clients relate to the world, including their legal representative.  For attorneys working with these populations, a trauma informed approach allows for more competent representation, improved legal outcomes, increased client engagement and be an empowering experience for clients.

This session will discuss why and how to integrate trauma informed practices into your representation and use a hypothetical case to have participants practice applying trauma-informed skills at the time of intake. 

Session Coordinator

Sarah Reisman

Supervising Attorney, Los Angeles Center for Law & Justice
Sarah Reisman is a supervising attorney at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), where she supervises a legal team that provides holistic legal representation to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She also supervises LACLJ’s appellate work, which, in... Read More →


Heather Freinkel

Managing Attorney, Alameda County Homeless Action Center
Heather Freinkel is a managing attorney at the Homeless Action Center (HAC) and has held that position since 2017. She worked at HAC as a staff attorney from 2011 to 2017. HAC provides public benefits advocacy to Alameda County, California, residents with mental and physical disabilities... Read More →
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Mary A. Gilg

Deputy Director, Alameda County Homeless Action Center
Mary Gilg is the deputy director of the Homeless Action Center (HAC), a position she has held since 2016. HAC provides public benefits advocacy to Alameda County, California, residents with mental and physical disabilities, including SSI and SSDI benefits, General Assistance, CalWORKs... Read More →

Amy Goldman

Supervising Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County

Wednesday June 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
San Diego