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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Webinar: How Mindfulness Makes Us Better Advocates

Start Date: 10/18/2017 1:00 PM EDT
End Date: 10/18/2017 2:00 PM EDT

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

Heather H. Hall
Email: heather@publicdefenders.us
Phone: N/A

How Mindfulness Makes Us Better Advocates

October 18, 2017 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 60 minutes

Webinar Faculty: Gina Pruski, Director of Training and Development, Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office

About the Webinar:   Public defenders have a tough job--long hours, limited resources, and clients with sad stories and challenging issues to work through. It's no wonder we are stressed out, burned out and sometimes checked out. Mindfulness can help with all of that. This webinar will focus on what mindfulness really is and how mindful activities change our brains so that we are better able to handle the pressures of our jobs. Throughout the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to practice some short, mindful activities that can be easily incorporated into our everyday lives.


About the Faculty:    Gina Pruski is the Director of Training and Development for the State Public Defender’s Office (SPD) in Wisconsin. After obtaining both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she began her career with the SPD in 1992 serving first as a staff attorney in the Trial Division and then as Legislative Liaison for the agency. Gina is the 2016-17 Chair of the National Alliance of Indigent Defense Educators, the trainers’ section of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association. She has received extensive training in the area of racial justice facilitation, is one of the YWCA of Madison’s Race to Equity facilitators and has presented on the topic of implicit racial bias for public defender offices around the country and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association in Canada. Gina also serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Youth Company, is co-author of the WISCONSIN JUVENILE LAW HANDBOOK published by the State Bar of Wisconsin, volunteers as a judge for the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition and is faculty for the Skills Intensive Training of the Lawyering Skills Course at the UW Law School. Gina is a 2011 recipient of the Women in the Law honor bestowed by the Wisconsin Law Journal.

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