Please join us for the 2nd Annual Legal Workshop. This FREE workshop is intended for law students, legal professionals, and others interested in better understanding trauma-informed approaches in legal proceedings. Lunch will be provided.
Location: Muenster University Center Ballroom
9:00 Open by Justice Scott Myren
9:05 Welcome by Chief Justice Steven Jensen
9:20 Workshop Introduction by Dean Neil Fulton
9:30 Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences: An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Courts by Cassie Nagel and Tifanie Petro, Children’s Home Society
11:00 Responsive and Trauma-Informed Legal Services (Part 1) by Olga Trujillo, Author and Speaker
The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study findings represent a paradigm shift in human understanding of the origins of physical, social, mental, and societal health and well-being. We now know that leading causes of disease and disability, learning and productivity problems, and early death have their roots in the cumulative neurodevelopmental impacts of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
The key goal of this training is to build a common language and understanding of ACEs and the related research. Attendees will understand the impact on children of exposure to ACEs (adverse childhood experiences; adverse community environments); and to develop strategies for addressing adverse consequences within our court system.
12:30 Responsive and Trauma-Informed Legal Services (Part 2) by Olga Trujillo, Author and Speaker
Victims and witnesses of crime have experienced trauma when they are exposed to violence, physical or sexual abuse, neglect, natural disasters, accidents, or any other events that induce powerlessness, fear, recurrent hopelessness, and a constant state of alert. These victims and/or witnesses appear in court as parties to, or witnesses in, civil or criminal legal proceedings as a result of the crime.
A trauma-informed court practice enables all parties and witnesses to participate in civil and criminal legal proceedings. Knowing about trauma and how it affects people will help courts respond to reasonable requests of accommodations for participation in legal proceedings and determine credibility of parties and witnesses more accurately.
2:15 Closing by Carrie Sanderson, Center for the Prevention of Child Maltreatment
Registration is required. Visit https://sdcpcm.com/legalworkshop/ for additional information and registration.