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78 Queens Park

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Indigenous alumni and current students of the U of T Faculty of Law are invited to this two-part learning and relationship-building event.

From 3-5 p.m. all are welcome to attend a Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) Accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Event. From 5-7 p.m. we will host a reception where current students can start or continue to build relationships with Indigenous alumni. Light refreshments will be served.

About the CPD:

Working with Indigenous Clients in Distress: Zealous Advocacy, Zealous Self Care

Time: 3-5 p.m.

Location: Jackman Law Building, Room J230

The objective of this program is to give Indigenous lawyers and law students who serve (or will eventually serve) Indigenous clients advice and tools that they can use to help them understand and better serve their clients. The legacy of colonialism, residential schools and the intergenerational trauma that is suffered by many Indigenous people often means that as clients, they can present special challenges to their lawyers. This program was developed in association with Indigenous lawyers who work with Indigenous clients in response to challenges they have faced in their practices.

Specifically this program will: (1) explain how to recognize when a client is in distress, (2) explore the neurobiology of trauma and chronic stress specific to Indigenous peoples' experiences, (3) help the audience develop better client counselling skills and (4) will give the audience self-care tips in recognition of the fact that serving clients in distress is stressful and can have an impact on the lawyers' work performance and overall wellbeing.

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About the Instructors

Yukimi Henry

Manager, Academic/Personal and Wellness Coordinator, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

Yukimi graduated from the University of Toronto in the joint LL.B./M.S.W. program in 2000. She articled and practiced as a criminal defence lawyer, often in the Indigenous Persons or Gladue Court, for a number of years before transitioning to social services. She has worked in areas such as homelessness services, with at-risk youth, in forensic mental health, and reproductive health. She also spent a period of time working internationally in post-conflict zone legal services development. She also ran a full time psychotherapy and consulting practice. Yukimi joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto in 2016 as the Manager, Academic/Personal Counselling and Wellness.

Amanda Carling

Manager, Indigenous Initiatives, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

Amanda Carling is Métis, a descendant of the Red River Métis. She grew up in Winnipeg and earned her undergraduate degree in criminology at the University of Manitoba. She graduated from the JD program at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law in June 2012. Amanda completed her articles with Innocence Canada (formerly the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted (AIDWYC)) in 2013 and spent three years running Innocence Canada’s legal education initiatives. Amanda was a member of the Debwewin Jury Review Implementation Committee, is the President of the Board at Aboriginal Legal Services in Toronto. Amanda joined the Faculty of Law in September 2016 as the Manager, Indigenous Initiatives.

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Time: 5-7 p.m.

Location: Rowell Room, Flavelle House

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