Answering the Call to Self and Service | Mental Health Tools for Pro Bono and Legal Services Practitioners

As “the new normal” continues to evolve, the legal profession —especially pro bono and legal aid practitioners--have an increasing interest in attorney and client mental health. Low-income people have been devastated by the pandemic. When they come to us for help, these clients are often sharing stress, depression, and other mental health concerns along with their legal issues. Pro bono and legal aid practitioners are best equipped to serve indigent clients when attorneys have tools to support their own mental health, and have knowledge of resources for clients in crisis.

Join us for a panel discussion for practical tools to destigmatize mental health and increase attorney well-being and capacity to serve clients in need.

Planned topics include:
• Highlighting statewide well-being initiatives for legal aid attorneys and pro bono practitioners;
• Combining boundary-setting, self-care, and work-life balance for effective and compassionate lawyering;
• Navigating encounters with high trauma clients;
• Connecting clients in crisis with mental health resources.

This CLE is approved for credit through May 19, 2025.

Featured Panelists:
Justice Natalie Hudson | Associate Justice | Minnesota Supreme Court
Abigail Henchek | Attorney of Family Law | Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid - St. Cloud
Julia Zwak | Assistant Supervising Attorney - Housing Unit | Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid – Minneapolis

Erin Keyes | Former Assistant Dean of Students | University of Minnesota Law School

CLE Credits:
1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 487040

MSBA Members:  $29.95
Non-MSBA Members:  $64.95



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