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287.11 sec. 001 - Negotiating Trauma, Emotions & the Practice of Law (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Mallika Kaur  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only | profile)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Th 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 21, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 21, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 32082
Class Number: 32082

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 16
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 20
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

This course explores how lawyers may better engage emotions, including traumatic responses, to the benefit of their clients and themselves. Emotions -- every day and extreme; controllable and unconscious -- affect case preparation, lend to client management issues, and make certain practice areas seemingly more challenging than satisfying for new attorneys. The practical requirements of the course will provide students a real-life opportunity to practice deftly negotiating emotions & trauma, a regular requirement in diverse legal practice areas.

Discussing trauma-centered practice is relatively new for the legal profession, and including law schools, even though the struggles of engaging trauma are as old as the profession. Through this course, students have an opportunity to develop a personal approach to navigating trauma with practical utility for engaging their peers and profession. We will have an opportunity to engage with lawyers from various practice areas about their concerns, considerations, options and possibilities around managing trauma & the demands of lawyering.

The goals of this course include building understanding of how process can inform the substance of cases in ethical legal practice; enhancing skills of interviewing and presenting on non-traditional/traditionally uncomfortable topics; developing capacity to work with trauma-exposure responses, without compassion fatigue; and increasing self-awareness, recognizing biases, appreciating diversity with cultural humility.

While this is not a course on self-care for lawyers, through guest speakers & simulations, we will have occasion to consider vicarious/secondary trauma where it affects representation and professional responsibility. Through theory and hands-on exercises, this course will provide the foundation for more reflexive, sustainable and intentional legal practice that engages trauma without adopting it.

Students will be assessed on a series of shorter assignments during the course of the semester: including, responding to discussion threads on bCourses; presenting on a chosen topic; and interviewing practitioners related to Trauma & Lawyering.

Due to the nature of this class, some or all of the sessions may not be recorded and posted except as required for accommodation of students with disabilities.

Real-time attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest

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