A Trauma-Informed, Anti-Racist Approach to Legal Advocacy
By Lorilei Williams
Date: Thursday, September 8th
6-8 PM ET / 3 - 5 PM PT
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 will provide a basic introduction to concepts relating to trauma and race, leading up to a four-part model that guides legal advocates to tangibly engage in a trauma-informed, anti-racist approach to legal advocacy. 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.
CLE Credit pending through California
30 min Introduction to trauma, racism and intersectional oppression
30 min Collaborating with clients and colleagues across differences
30 min Adapting strategically with systems and design thinking tools
30 min Transforming the trauma response with multilevel resilience
Lorilei W. (they/them) is a queer, trans non-binary Korean-American abolitionist, artist, and attorney dedicated to teaching legal advocates on how to engage in trauma-informed and antiracist advocacy in their individual capacities and collectively as movement advocates using an interdisciplinary approach informed by systems theory, design thinking, and management science. They work as an expert trainer, facilitator, and coach for legal services advocates and organizations across the nation.
In addition to providing services through their consulting practice, Lorilei serves as pro bono consultant to The Confined Arts, an arts and advocacy project out of Columbia Law School. They most recently served as an asylum clinic adjunct professor for New York Law School and as the Training Attorney for the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, where they designed and launched a national network of expert race equity advocates to lead sessions on racial justice advocacy, while also designing and leading sessions in trauma-informed advocacy, community-driven advocacy, structural racialization, systems thinking, practice management, and supervision. Lorilei's experiences building power in local community groups and among colleagues within nonprofit workspaces as a seasoned immigration attorney are the foundation for their approach and methodology on building sustainable, collaborative direct services advocacy models. For more information on Lorilei’s experiences, visit www.lorilei.info.
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