Presented by the Young Lawyers Section
Seminar Code: EYL150424
About the Program:
“Victims of crime all too often face a perplexing maze of coexisting, overlapping, and complex legal issues after their victimization. They must navigate multiple systems (i.e., the criminal, civil, and administrative justice systems), each with its own requirements and processes. One case of victimization may produce myriad legal issues for the victim, including orders of protection, victims’ rights enforcement, compensation, employment, housing, home foreclosure, spousal support, and child custody, visitation, and dependency.” US Office for Victims of Crime, Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services, p. 12
This program will introduce attorneys to the emerging field of victim rights representation. Every victim of crime needs assistance navigating the criminal justice system from investigation through trial, particularly protecting their privacy and Constitutional rights. The broad range of victims whose cases never result in arrest face even larger obstacles, and an attorney can help address issues in family court, assist with housing and employment issues, and intercede in a variety of administrative actions from labor board to DCF. This program will provide an overview of the issues faced by victims, to inform and train attorneys who are interested in opportunities to help an under-served population with work that is both interesting and rewarding.
Who Should Attend:
Attorneys looking for another skill area that involves innovative thinking, creative lawyering, and helping some of society’s most vulnerable citizens. Any lawyer looking for pro bono opportunities that are both challenging and personally satisfying, while helping those who have been failed by the systems that are intended to protect them.
What You Will Learn:
- Why every victim of violent crime needs an attorney right away.
The basics of victim representation – privacy and safety.
Defending victim Constitutional rights in criminal cases.
Understanding trauma to enlighten courts and agencies: the neurobiology of trauma, and how to interview victims of trauma to access full memory of the incident.
- Before the arrest: addressing rape myths in police and prosecutor decision-making.
- DCF and Family Court advocacy for victims
James G. Clark, Victim Rights Center of Connecticut, Wallingford
For information about the Victim Rights Center of Connecticut: 203-350-3515, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
9:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Introduction to Victim Rights: why every victim needs an attorney right away.
9:20 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Criminal Court Representation
10:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Break
10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Understanding trauma: the neurobiology of trauma.
11:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. Break
11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Basics of Trauma interviewing
11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Before the arrest: Addressing rape myths in police and prosecutor decision-making.
12:10 p.m. - 12:20 p.m. Break
12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. DCF and Family Court advocacy
Event Cost: (Registration includes light breakfast, break and parking)
CBA Member $45
YLS Member $35
Law/Paralegal Students $25
*Any materials for this seminar will be emailed to registrants approximately 48 hours in advance. After that time, no refunds will be available. Refunds require two business days notice. No paper copies of the materials will be prepared by the CBA.
The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. Financial hardship information available upon request.