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Skill-Building for Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy

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Building skills in trauma-informed legal advocacy is key for lawyers practicing in any areas that involve clients who have suffered trauma.

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We’ve compiled several resources on trauma-informed legal advocacy for the many lawyers whose clients have experienced trauma. Our thanks to Jim Calloway at Law Practice Tips Blog for his recent share of the first resource in our listing.

Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy — Strategies from Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey (LexBlog, 2020)

Establishing a Trauma-Informed Lawyer-Client Relationship (ABA Center for Public Interest Law, 2014)

Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy (TILA) Project (National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health)

Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Experiencing Trauma and Other Mental Health Challenges: An Attorney Handbook by Mary Malefyt Seighman, Erika Sussman, and Olga Trujillo (Center for Survivor Agency & Justice in partnership with the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health)

Although the following two resources are designed for health care settings, they both offer helpful takeaways for lawyers:


Client / Customer Experience

Find more resources here on our Mass LOMAP Blog.


Vicarious / Secondary Trauma

Find more in ‘Doing Good Can Feel Bad for Lawyers’ on our LCL MA LAP Well-Being Blog.

CATEGORIES: Client Relations | Lawyer's Quality of Life | Leadership

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