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SADO - Cultural Mindfulness Storytelling: Capturing the Lived Experiences of our Clients


Time: June 2, 2021 - 1pm-2:30pm
Location: Zoom

Familiarity and sensitivity to culture is relevant to many questions regarding effective public defense representation, including:

  • How do clients’ cultural backgrounds affect what they are willing to tell their defense teams, how they  communicate, or what kind of defenses can be raised in court?
  • How are certain practices or actions that are criminal offenses in our state and country handled or perceived in immigrants’ home countries?
  • How do different communities or neighborhoods perceive the criminal justice system and public defense team?
  • How do defense teams build a trusting relationship with their clients or witnesses who may have information critical to effective defense representation?

If you don’t consider the above factors in representation, you may find yourself in the middle of an ethical dilemma. Sessions Goals: This session will lead us in discussions that will increase our knowledge and awareness of the importance of sharing our client’s unique story. You will learn ways to gather the story in a culturally informed way. From small group discussions you will learn from others’ experiences and challenges when addressing cultural barriers.

Check out the flyer! Online registration, here.

Lori James-Townes, MSW