6-Hour Program

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Full scholarships and discounts to attend PLI programs are widely available to attorneys working in nonprofit/legal services organizations; pro bono attorneys; government attorneys; judges and judicial law clerks; law professors and law students; senior attorneys (age 65 and over); law librarians and paralegals who work for nonprofit/legal services organizations; unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships. We encourage all eligible attendees to complete and submit a PLI Scholarship Application

 Scholarships available

Why You Should Attend

Approximately 20 percent of Americans experience some type of mental illness in a given year, and the prevalence of mental disorders among individuals involved in the criminal justice system, and some areas of the civil legal system, is even higher. At this year’s Mental Health Issues & the New York State Courts 2018 a multi-disciplinary faculty will discuss the impact of trauma on mental health issues in the civil and criminal legal systems.

Practising Law Institute gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance of the New York State Courts Office of Court Administration and the CUCS Academy for Justice-Informed Practice. 

What You Will Learn

  • Why judge and lawyers need to recognize and respond to trauma histories of litigants, witnesses & clients
  • How to understand and respond to trauma in justice-involved individuals
  • What a trauma-informed justice system looks like
  • Vicarious trauma & self-care; what it is and how to recognize it
  • Ethical responsibilities of lawyers: recognizing and responding to vicarious trauma and stress in self and others

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for New York State judges, court attorneys, law clerks, prosecutors, defense attorneys, attorneys in private practice, and mental health system professionals involved in the New York State justice system.


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