This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.
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Friday, November 2 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
The Trauma-Informed Advocate: Understanding and Advocating for High-Needs Clients

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As advocates, we should seek to provide thoughtful, client-centered services to those who are in crisis and often further traumatized by the legal process. But what do you do when the client may feel difficult to work with, not because of the legal issues but because of how the client interacts with you? How do you advocate for a non-responsive client, a client who questions your ability, or a client who is in constant chaos? In this workshop, we will look at common client scenarios, consider our own implicit biases that may affect our interaction, and learn how to be strategic and thoughtful in future client communication in order to continue with our advocacy.


Monte Jewel

Staff Attorney, Sexual Violence Law Center
Monte Jewell is a staff attorney with the Sexual Violence Law Center. With more than 20 years of experience in the gender-based violence field, Monte has worked professionally in multiple capacities on behalf of survivors in Montana, California, and now Washington. He joins SVLS from... Read More →

Riddhi Mukhopadhyay

Legal Director, Sexual Violence Law Center
Riddhi Mukhopadhyay is currently the legal director at the Sexual Violence Law Center. Before her legal career, she worked as a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate in Texas, North Carolina, and Washington. Riddhi started her legal career as a Berkeley Law Foundation Legal... Read More →

Friday November 2, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm CDT
Westchester Westin Galleria, 3rd Level