Event Calendar

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Meetup: Be Well Wednesdays: TBD

Start Date: 3/16/2022 3:10 PM EDT
End Date: 3/16/2022 4:00 PM EDT


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, 3/16/22, TBD - Jenny Andrews

About this week's Facilitator: A child of counterculture, raised off the grid by back-to-the-land hippies on the Lost Coast in Northern California, Jenny Andrews is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School. She started her career as a public defender in Oakland, California in 1996, but left after seven years, after experiencing burnout and moral injury, and didn’t practice law for three years. She returned to public defense work in 2007, and has continued working as a public defender in Sonoma County and Santa Barbara County, in a wide variety of positions, including: Forensic Resource Counsel, Felony Team Leader, Director of Training and Senior Deputy. Since 1996, she has consistently litigated cases, including misdemeanor, felony, juvenile, civil commitment (mentally disordered offender and sexually violent predator), mental competency, homicide and multi-jurisdiction (and multi-jury) trials. She has carried specialized caseloads of complex, forensic and capital litigation. She teaches on the faculty of Gideon’s Promise, the National Association for Public Defense, the National Criminal Defense College, the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School, the California Public Defenders Association, and the NAPD Online Academy. She has taught in public defense training programs in New York, New Jersey, Montana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, and Georgia, and in public defense offices throughout California. In 2018, she launched BeSustained.org, a training and resource hub to support the well-being of public defenders. She has been a certified yoga teacher since 2004, previously worked in the education department of Yoga Journal magazine, and is a longtime student of yoga and mindfulness practices. She believes in advocating for systemic support of public defenders, building spaces for public defenders to support each other, and prioritizing personal practices that support our well-being. Her personal wellness practices include sailing, hiking, yoga, and tending a rural apple farm. Her systemic wellness practices include Be Well Wednesdays, creating and teaching NAPD’s online courses Sustaining and Supporting Well-Being in Public Defense, and speaking/engaging/tweeting/writing often on the topic of supporting well-being for public defenders.

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.