Sponsored by the Idaho State Bar Lawyers’ Assistance Program
Program Made Possible by a Grant from the Idaho State Liquor Division
Concordia University School of Law
501 W Front St. – Boise, ID
1.0 Ethics credit (pending)
**Live Webcast Available
Attorneys, Law Students, Staff and Court Personnel are all welcome to attend any or all of the program.
Our speaker, Kyra M. Hazilla, JD, LCSW, is an attorney counselor with the Oregon Attorney Assistance Program. She will share her years of expertise of working with all types of people facing various types issues including those experiencing houselessness, families facing interpersonal violence, and individuals struggling with addictions and other mental health symptoms. Almost all of the people she has worked with have experienced trauma.
9:00 am Registration
9:30-10:30 am Law Student Well-Being
This program will focus on law student-specific challenges including toxic stress, mental health conditions, and substance use. We will also address how to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma in those we serve, secondary trauma in ourselves, and in trauma-organized workplaces. Participants will learn techniques to take care of ourselves when working with traumatized clients in systems affected by trauma. We will also cover strategies to foster resilience and wellness as well as increase self-awareness.
10:30 am – 11:00 am Coffee & Networking Social – All Welcome
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Trauma-Responsive Workplaces
The Idaho Rules of Professional Conduct state:
“As a representative of clients, a lawyer performs various functions. As advisor, a lawyer provides a client with an informed understanding of the client’s legal rights and obligations and explains their practical implications. As advocate, a lawyer zealously asserts the client’s position under the rules of the adversary system. As negotiator, a lawyer seeks a result advantageous to the client but consistent with requirements of honest dealings with others. As an evaluator, a lawyer acts by examining a client’s legal affairs and reporting about them to the client or to others.”
As an attorney, the role often requires an attorney to deal with victims of trauma of all types. In turn, this work can take affect the attorney’s own psyche as vicarious trauma which can affect the ability of an attorney to remain competent under IRCP Rule 1.1.
This program will focus on how to help law firms and lawyers recognize the signs and symptoms of vicarious trauma both at the practitioner level and organizationally; and create cultures of resilience and wellness. Many of us struggle with how to take care of ourselves when working with traumatized clients in systems affected by trauma. To be most effective, interventions must act on the level of the individual and the organization. Strategies shared in this program include Engagement Groups, Trauma Stewardship Reading Groups and the organizational Sanctuary Model.
**NOTE: Non-attorneys should use 0000 when registration prompts for a bar number.