Attorneys, Judges, and Court Personnel as First-Responders: Strategies to Identify and Mitigate Trauma Among Veteran Participants with PTSD and Operational Stress Injuries in Veterans Treatment Court Settings – Forensic stress, which is generated solely by involvement in the criminal litigation, often aggravates symptoms of existing mental health conditions for veterans facing charges. It impairs the defendant’s abilities to make reasoned legal decisions and challenges attorneys and other professionals in the justice system to identify and counteract these powerful forces. This Webinar describes methods to assist attorneys and other members of a treatment team in diverting the client from his or her own symptoms – not only from confinement. It also identifies some risks inherent in the professional’s exposure to a Veteran’s own traumatic experiences.
For all participants, the Webinar introduces the concept of “Psycholegal Softspots” as particular aspects of criminal litigation that are known to trigger stress reactions, explores “Psychological First Aid” as a vehicle to mitigate crises, and discusses PTSD trigger awareness plans as practical tools tailored meet an individual participant’s unique needs in a Veterans Treatment Court program. For attorneys, the Webinar also previews ethically acceptable interventions that do not transform the lawyer into a mental health professional and identifies the hallmarks of effective collaboration with mental health professionals during the course of the representation.
Major Seamone is a Professor and Director of the Legal Writing Program at Mississippi College School of Law. He also serves as a Major and Senior Defense Counsel in the United States Army Reserve. During his tours in Iraq, Germany, and at domestic military installations, he participated as both a prosecutor and defense attorney in sexual assault, complex death penalty, and other felony criminal cases involving defendants with PTSD. Major Seamone has written extensively about treatment-based sentencing alternatives in military courts-martial proceedings and the use of civilian Veterans Treatment and Mental Health Problem-Solving Courts by military organizations and commanders. He is actively involved in the development of a standardized curriculum to assist family court judges in better understanding the unique needs of military families.
University of Chicago Law School Students spent their 2012 spring break providing legal assistance in Biloxi, Mississippi.
This webinar will provide information on the implementation, duties, organization of the Office of Public Guardian (OPG) as well as background on the Public Guardianship Act under which the OPG was created.
Michelle Chaffee serves as Nebraska’s Public Guardian in her role as Director of the Office of Public Guardian. Previously, she was Legal Counsel for the Health and Human Services Committee in the Nebraska Legislature. Subject matter jurisdiction under the HHS Committee included Medicaid, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, child welfare, economic assistance, public health, veteran services, scope of practice and long term care. Prior to working for the Legislature, she spent ten years in higher education administration and worked as a staff attorney for Legal Aid in Lincoln.
Ohio’s Medicaid program made health care available to more people than ever before in 2014, but there’s more work coming for health care advocates.
In this health care focused webinar we discuss:
An update on enrollment and health care access in Ohio
What’s next for Ohio’s Medicaid program
Stories about health care access
How you can advocate for health care in the coming months
Guest speakers include Col Owens, Co-Chair of Advocates for Ohio’s Future and lawyer at Legal Aid of Southwest Ohio and Julie DiRossi King, COO of Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC).
AmeriCorps and Equal Justice Works Veterans Legal Corps Fellows describe their fellowships and the impact of their work in Ohio. Video Rating: / 5
When a legal problem gets in the way of a patient’s health, there’s not much a provider can do on his or her own. That’s why more than 280 hospitals and health centers in 38 states are partnering with civil legal aid lawyers to help resolve patient’s legal issues – and to reform policies that are having a negative impact on individual and community health.
Watch this webinar to learn about the medical-legal partnership approach from the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. Video Rating: / 5
Online Intake has been a highly popular LSTNAP-PBN Community Training series topic for the past two years. This year, we will look at a new capacity, called triage, that can help make intake more efficient and robust by guiding litigants to the most appropriate resources and services. This webinar will review the differences between intake, online intake and triage, explore and how expert systems can help maximize limited resources while improving client services. We will hear about robust online intake and triage projects underway or planned in Washington, DC, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Mexico.
Gwen Daniels, Director of Technology Development, Illinois Legal Aid Online
Mike Grunenwald, Senior Project Specialist, DC Bar Pro Bono Program
Liz Keith, LawHelp Program Manager, Pro Bono Net
Gordon Shaw, Managing Attorney, Massachusetts Justice Project Video Rating: / 5
More and more Wyoming citizens are having to access the courts on their own. As you know this can be a scary and difficult process. Learn about the new Wyoming Center for Legal Aid and our ongoing projects to provide civil legal help and resources to those most in need: hotline, website, forms, seminars and clinics. Find out how your patrons can access these resources and how you and your library can help close the Access to Justice gap in Wyoming.
Presenter by Kristin Karr (formerly at the State Law Library, now with the Wyoming Center for Legal Aid). Video Rating: / 5