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Friday, September 21, 2018

Webinar: Report Writing: The Story That Was Never Told

Start Date: 9/21/2018 12:00 PM EDT
End Date: 9/21/2018 2:30 PM EDT

Organization Name: National Association for Public Defense

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

Report Writing: The Story That Was Never Told

September 21, 2018, 12:00 p.m. Eastern, 90 minutes

Webinar Faculty: Lori James-Townes, Professor, Towson University 

About the Webinar:  Writing a good story isn’t easy. But to ensure a proper understanding and appreciation, of our clients’ lives, there are core competencies: understanding mitigation, report writing, interviewing, understanding the importance of collateral information, testimony, and working as an agent and team member of defense counsel. Reports are core tools need to help the rest of the world understand the lives of our clients in a way that was never told before. The session will cover: Ways to develop a powerful story How to connect the dots for the reader Review material needed for powerful reports The importance of explaining the process, while humanizing your client through words.

About the Faculty: Professor James-Townes’ passion is adding value to others. She has focused her attention on personal and professional development. Nothing brings her more joy than working with students and professionals as they take their journey and focus on achieving their full potential. She joined Towson in Fall 2017. Professor James-Townes’ has over 20 years of clinical practice, leadership and management experience. Prior to joining the Towson family, her most recent position, was Director Social Work, Leadership and Program Development, the Maryland Office of Public Defender, a state agency with more than 800 employees. While in this position, she demonstrated her ability to help others grow in the areas of teamwork, leadership and management. As Director of Social Work, her primary responsibilities included leading, supervising, training, and evaluating the agency’s social worker staff, consultants, and interns. Lori has developed programs that are now national models for other agencies. In 2015, The Daily Record Newspaper named her as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. As a national speaker, her presence is requested both nationally and internationally to speak about: Leadership, Team Building, Implicit Bias in the Criminal Justice System, Secondary Trauma, and other clinical areas. Professor James-Townes’ has held various leadership positions on national organizations and Boards of Directors. Her commitment to growth has been recognized as organizations have appointed her to serve as Conference Chair for several national conferences and training programs. As conference chair, she is responsible for developing the program and implementing the curriculum. Lori also serves as a faculty member for the following national and regional leadership development, trials skills, and/or trainings, including but not limited to: Gideon’s Promise, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Administrative Offices of the Courts (Training Branch), YMCA of Central Maryland and The National Association for Public Defense. Professor James-Townes’ commitment and passion is fueled by her roots in inner city Baltimore, being reared by a single mother who worked in Baltimore’s shipyards. She has been a beacon of hope for others, for as long as she can remember. This passion supports her drive as she remains committed to equipping and empowering others through education.

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  • Train the Trainer (Frankfort, KY)
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