Attorneys must often take the worst stories their clients carry, and the most vulnerable situations they have faced, and try to mold them into cognizable claims for relief. One of an attorney’s greatest assets are their memories of their clients, particularly the specific details they use to show credibility. However, the effect of trauma on memory is well documented - often times the most painful moments are hardest to clearly remember. So how can attorneys help their clients to remember the things anyone would want to forget?
In this program, attorney Geoff Trenchard discusses the latest research in neuropsychology and what it can tell us about how people remember. He will review concrete techniques to reduce client stress during intake interviews, as well as how to best support them before, during, and after testimony. Finally, he will look at what attorneys can do to support themselves and their colleagues performing this vital and difficult work.
Before transitioning to a career in the law, Geoff Kagan Trenchard taught creative writing in high needs schools, foster care centers, and jails for over 10 years. Geoff is also a nationally recognized poet and theater artist. His work has been featured on HBO, TEDx, and at the Public Theater. His first play, In Spite of Everything, toured internationally as part of the Hip Hop Theater Festival. His first collection of poems, Murder Stay Murder, is available through Penmanship Books.
He received his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra School of Law. As a student, he represented children in abuse and neglect cases, as well as those seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. He was awarded the Charles H. Revson Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, the Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellowship, and is a recipient of awards from both the Equal Justice Works and the Public Justice Foundation. He was awarded a Postgraduate Fellowship to serve indigent LGBT asylum seekers with Immigration Equality and help train students in the Hofstra Asylum Clinic. He is currently the Secretary of the New York City Bar Association’s Immigration and Nationality Committee and works with the New Sanctuary Coalition’s free legal clinic.
This was superb. I only wish it were an all-day seminar.
closing remarks were very helpful
Effective presentation. Thank you.
Excellent presentation. Helpful to attorneys in a wide spectrum legal practices.
Good presentation on a very difficult and important topic.
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