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A Trauma-Informed, Anti-Racist Approach to Legal Advocacy


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: August 12, 2021
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Agenda

  • Introduction to Trauma
  • Introduction to Racism
  • Tangible Strategies
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Recorded: August 12, 2021

Difficulty Level: Experienced Attorneys (Non-Transitional)

Description

Burnout, capacity, vicarious trauma, and structural racism continue to be pressing issues for legal advocates, especially during a pandemic and civil rights uprising. This training is designed to help you rethink your approach to legal advocacy entirely that will result in increased sustainability for you as the advocate, holistic care for the people you serve, and outcomes that disrupt unjust systems. This training is designed to be a very small taste for everything that can be learned, developed, and strengthened to make the work better for ourselves as agents of change and the directly impacted individuals and communities we serve.

This program was recorded on August 12th, 2021.

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American Bar Association
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Panelists

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Lorilei Williams

Attorney
Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Lorilei Williams is an attorney, abolitionist, and artist dedicated to teaching legal advocates how to engage in trauma-informed and anti-racist advocacy in their individual capacities and collectively as movement lawyers in nonprofit spaces.

Lorilei has over a decade of professional experiences in immigration advocacy, ranging from volunteer to director, at numerous nonprofit organizations across the country, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, Legal Services NYC, and various Catholic Charities organizations.

Lorilei has been a strategic accomplice to migrants across the nation, including in rural farms in Upstate New York, migrant camps in Tijuana, and multiple detention settings, from unaccompanied minors shelters in Texas and New York to rural for-profit mass incarceration facilities in Georgia and Louisiana. They currently serve as the Training Attorney at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law (a role through which they lead conversations on community lawyering, supervision, and racial justice at legal services organizations across the country) and as co-faculty for New York Law School's Asylum Clinic.


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