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Friday, December 8 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
The Importance of Delivering Trauma-Informed Civil Legal Services to Clients in Crisis

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This session will provide an overview of delivering trauma-informed civil legal services to clients who are in crisis. The panelists will discuss how trauma manifests in our clients and tools for providing effective advocacy to this population of clients. The panelists will explore the differences between clients in trauma and mental illness diagnoses. Specifically, the panelists will focus on the impact trauma can have on various civil legal cases including: housing, domestic violence, family, public benefits, and SSI cases. The session will provide an overview of how to recognize the signs of trauma in our clients and strategies for effective advocacy. Through case examples and focused discussion, the session will address successful legal strategies for presenting/addressing evidence of trauma and mental health issues in different civil proceedings.


Mary Grace Ferone

Attorney, Disability Program Manager, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Mary Grace Ferone, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and University of New Hampshire School of Law, has been a civil legal services attorney since she began her career in 1994 at Legal Services of Central New York. Since that time, she has practiced in the areas... Read More →

Rachel Saunders

Attorney-in-Charge, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley
Rachel Saunders is the attorney-in-charge of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley’s Dutchess County office, overseeing a staff of more than 15 attorneys, paralegals, and support personnel. She joined Legal Services of the Hudson Valley’s staff in June 2016. Before joining Legal... Read More →

Friday December 8, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm EST
Meeting Room 12 Meeting Room Level