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Working with clients who have experienced trauma, such as sexual assault or sexual harassment, requires special considerations. This panel offers practical advice from experts who understand the particular needs of individuals who have experienced trauma, and suggest ways to work with mental health professionals who are providing critical support to these clients. Our panelists also discuss counseling such clients during difficult phases of litigation, including depositions and mediation, while keeping in mind what is best for the client’s overall well-being.
Amy Coopman Amy Coopman is a civil litigator, principally representing plaintiffs in employment related disputes, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, FMLA and FLSA rights, and employment agreement violations. Ms....MoreAmy Coopman is a civil litigator, principally representing plaintiffs in employment related disputes, including claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, FMLA and FLSA rights, and employment agreement violations. Ms. Coopman also provides counseling and training to employers on employment law issues. Ms. Coopman has successfully litigated numerous employment cases in federal and state court, including a nationwide race discrimination class action lawsuit against Walgreen’s that was resolved in 2008 for $24 million. Ms. Coopman’s number one priority is to help her clients achieve fairness and justice in the workplace. Ms. Coopman is a recipient of the 2010 Missouri Super Lawyers Rising Star Award. The award recognizes Missouri’s outstanding up-and-coming attorneys. Ms. Coopman is also a frequent speaker at seminars for attorneys and human resources personnel on current employment law topics. She is a staunch supporter and leader of the National Employment Lawyers Association. Ms. Coopman graduated from University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 1995; University of Kansas, B.A., 1992 Honors: Highest Distinction. Collapse
Brenda Adams Brenda Star Adams has dedicated her legal career to representing the most marginalized communities of our society, with an emphasis on providing access to justice for immigrants, members of the LGBT+ community, and low-income communities of color....MoreBrenda Star Adams has dedicated her legal career to representing the most marginalized communities of our society, with an emphasis on providing access to justice for immigrants, members of the LGBT+ community, and low-income communities of color. Prior to joining ERA, Brenda was the Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Unit at Bay Area Legal Aid, where she directed a team of attorneys, fellows, pro bono counsel, and law students in representing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in family law and immigration cases. Brenda specialized in complex litigation and systemic advocacy and was responsible for training newer attorneys in litigation practice. She is especially proud of her appellate advocacy work, which resulted in a published Court of Appeal decision holding, for the first time, that child abuse perpetrated against the child of a victim of domestic violence could support renewal of her restraining order. As a Litigation Attorney at the Eviction Defense Center, Brenda represented hundreds of low-income and Spanish-speaking tenants in unlawful detainer cases in jury trials. She also organized tenants in affirmative cases against slumlords, advocated for tenant-friendly ordinances before local legislative bodies, and worked with the Superior Court to promote systemic changes. Brenda is a native of San Francisco and graduate of UC San Diego (2002). She received her law degree from New England Law School (2006), where she was named to the Dean’s List each semester and received the prestigious Public Service Award, an honor voted on by the faculty and given to the student with a demonstrated commitment to using their degree to advocate on behalf of those in need. Collapse
KC Wagner KC Wagner is the Director of Workplace Issues at the ILR School and the co-chair of The Worker Institute’s Equity at Work Initiative at Cornell University. She has specialized in the prevention of sexual harassment, gender bias, bullying,...MoreKC Wagner is the Director of Workplace Issues at the ILR School and the co-chair of The Worker Institute’s Equity at Work Initiative at Cornell University. She has specialized in the prevention of sexual harassment, gender bias, bullying, gender-based violence and promoting inclusiveness in the workplace for over 30 years. Ms. Wagner has provided training to corporations, unions, non-profit, educational and government organizations in diverse industries, professions and workplace settings. Ms. Wagner is a specialist in curriculum development and educational programs related to labor, workplace and employment related issues, leadership development and train-the-facilitator programs. She has testified as an expert witness in landmark sexual harassment cases on a range of topics. These topics have included the scope and range of what behaviors constitutes sexual harassment, common coping strategies utilized by victims of harassment and what responsible employers should do to prevent sexual harassment. Ms. Wagner also provides educational coaching to employees as part of an employer’s corrective action intervention. For over fifteen years, KC has led the Domestic Violence and Workplace Awareness and Empowerment Initiative, a capacity building, educational and skill building project with employers, unions and community service providers. KC has appeared on public television and national news programs and she has been quoted by major print media publications. She holds a Masters of Social Work Degree from Hunter College School of Social Work and a Masters of Labor and Industrial Relations from Rutgers University. In April 2000, she was awarded the prestigious Alice H. Cook and Constance E. Cook Award from Cornell University’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women for her work on women’s issues. In April 2008, she was recognized as one of thirty influential leaders across the state in the area of domestic violence prevention for her innovative workplace initiatives by the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In March 2013, KC and Cornell ILR were honored, bythe New York Metropolitan Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, as part of the 57th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, ILR, for her work with unions to eliminate violence against women and to engage men as allies with women to promote social change and gender equity. Collapse
October 12, 2018
Program Titles and Supporting Materials
This program contains the following components:
Meeting The Special Needs Of Clients Who Have Experienced Trauma - Audio
Meeting The Special Needs Of Clients Who Have Experienced Trauma - Paper
How To Attend
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