Event Calendar

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Meetup: Be Well Wednesdays: Humor for Well Being

Start Date: 3/9/2022 3:10 PM EST
End Date: 3/9/2022 4:00 PM EST


Organization Name: NAPD

Contact:
Jeni Benavides
Email: events@publicdefenders.us
Phone: (502) 219-6149

About Be Well Wednesdays: Wednesdays at 12:10-1:00 pm Pacific/3:10-4:00 pm Eastern. Drop in for any session. Stay for all or part of the session. Always free.  BWW is an ongoing series of drop in sessions to support your well-being. Each session includes an experiential practice (meditation, mindfulness, gratitude, journaling, etc.) and/or facilitated discussion about sustaining well-being in public defense. Sometimes there is an introductory overview but these sessions focus more on participatory experience and less on presentation.

Do I need to register for each session I want to attend? No! To attend future BWW meetups and receive schedule updates, announcements, and shared materials, please send a blank email to BeWellWednesdays+subscribe@NAPD.groups.io . The list will not send abundant emails, just a weekly link/reminder and occasionally session materials.

About This Week: 


Be Well Wendesdays, 3/9/22, Humor for Well Being - Lisa Lunt and Kathleen Casey-Gamez

About this week's Facilitators: 
Lisa Lunt: 
Lisa Lunt joined the Training Division of the Defender Services Office in early February 2019 as an Attorney Advisor. Lisa was an Assistant Federal Public Defender (AFPD) in the District of Maryland from 2004-2019, where she carried a diverse felony caseload and served as the Co-Chair of Training from 2009-2019. For five years prior to becoming an AFPD, she practiced primarily white-collar defense in several large law firms in Los Angeles. In 2017, Lisa was incredibly lucky to live for eight months in New Zealand with her family after receiving an Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowship in Public Policy, administered by Fulbright New Zealand. Lisa presented the results of her study around the country and published a paper entitled Preserving the Dignity of the Mentally Unwell: Therapeutic Opportunities for the Criminal Courts of New Zealand. 

Lisa graduated from Loyola of Los Angeles Law School and Yale University. Prior to going to law school Lisa worked in a microbiology lab at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, edited books and wrote marketing materials at several book publishing companies and ran a little graphic design business. Lisa grew up on an island in Maine and now lives steps from the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband (a CJA panelist), two children and two adorable dogs. 

Life as a criminal defense lawyer is many things, including stressful. Throughout the years, Lisa has relied on fitness and sports and the great outdoors to maintain some kind of inner calm, diving a little obsessively into the world of triathlon, enjoying swimming, running and cycling endurance events and joining a bicycle racing team, Bike Like a Girl, that holds the 8-woman RAAM (Race Across America) record for cycling across the U.S. (6 days, 12 hours, 58 minutes). More recently, Lisa is smitten with stand-up paddleboarding and is a 4-season paddler.

Kathleen Casey-Gamez - Senior Policy Analyst with Texas Indigent Defense Comission. Prior to joining TIDC, Kathleen Casey worked as a staff attorney at the Indiana Public Defender Commission, where she worked to implement indigent defense reform throughout the state of Indiana. She graduated from the Indiana University-McKinney School of Law in 2010. After graduation, she worked as a public defender for the Marion County Public Defender Agency in Indianapolis, representing clients in specialty courts such as mental health and drug court, as well as D-Felony courts. During her tenure in Indianapolis, Kathleen graduated from the Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leaders Series and was named as an "Up and Coming Lawyer" in the statewide publication The Indiana Lawyer. 

About Be Well Wednesdays: Wednesdays at 12:10-1:00 pm Pacific/3:10-4:00 pm Eastern. Drop in for any session. Stay for all or part of the session. Always free.

WHAT: BWW is an ongoing series of drop in sessions to support your well-being. Each session includes an experiential practice (meditation, mindfulness, gratitude, journaling, etc.) and/or facilitated discussion about sustaining well-being in public defense. Sometimes there is an introductory overview but these sessions focus more on participatory experience and less on presentation.

WHO:   Schedule of facilitators and practices: BWW is brought to you by this planning team: Jenny Andrews, Gina Pruski, Justin Heim, Tatiana Kline, John Lopez, Marilena David and Jeff Sherr.  Please email besustained@gmail.com with feedback or if you’d like to propose a session.
 

FEEDBACK from BWW participants

-Thanks for providing this well needed break during our busy virtual weeks.

-I have been loving these weekly be well Wednesday sessions, especially the breath and mindfulness exercises!

-Thank you so much for presenting this. It is so needed. I hit a wall and didn’t even know I was headed for it. I have been recommending it to my colleagues.

-I just wanted to express my thanks for these gatherings. I attended my first this past Wednesday, on the topic of Emotional Intelligence. I got a lot out of it, and thoroughly enjoyed the writing questions and sharing.

-I’m always surprised by how much I get out of the self-reflection sessions, like today’s with Caitlin, or last week’s with John.

-I am very grateful to have Zoomed in today and found Tonglen with you.

-I just learned about Be Well Wednesdays last week and loved the Tree of Life Journaling. Thank you for offering this. This is much needed right now.

-Thank you for creating and facilitating this space!  It is always a much-needed respite in the middle of the week.

-I love the music.

-I loved Tatiana Kline’s gratitude and journaling.

-I've loved all the exercises, having different folks leading the discussions, and your calm, encouraging spirit.