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Friday, November 8 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Trauma-Informed Lawyering

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Lawyers working with clients who are poor, disabled, underrepresented, experiencing chronic illness or mental health conditions, or 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 relationships, or from 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, and increased client engagement and can be an empowering experience for clients. This session will discuss why and how to integrate trauma-informed practices into your representation and use breakout sessions where participants can practice applying trauma-informed skills at different stages of representation.


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 →

Amy Goldman

Director of Legal Services, Community Legal Aid SoCal
Amy Goldman is the director of legal services at Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal). She has dedicated her career to providing legal services to survivors of domestic violence. She started her legal career teaching Know Your Rights workshops to mothers incarcerated at the Los Angeles... Read More →

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 →

Friday November 8, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm EST
LaSalle B 5th Floor