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Representing Adult Victims of Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence: Duty of Competence

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Produced on March 13, 2018

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate
Categories Ethics

Course Description

Trauma victims present a number of characteristics that result from their trauma. This includes PTSD with all its plethora of symptoms, as well as the effects of gaslighting and trauma bonding. Understanding these characteristics is critical to understanding how victims view the world and interact with others, including their lawyers. It is also important because victims of trauma will present cognitive, logistical, and communication challenges. However, as attorney Maria-Vittoria Carminati notes in this important program, ignoring, not understanding, or mishandling these issues can result in lawyers failing in their duty of competence.

A lawyer has a duty of competence, at all times and regardless of who the client is. If the lawyer does not fully comprehend why the client-victim is behaving in certain ways, they may fail in their duty of competence. Ways to do this would be to be impatient, impose too onerous burdens, or failing to accommodate the client’s well-grounded needs. Communication can also a challenge because of trauma victims’ various behaviors. Although victims of trauma can be challenging clients, they are also among the most deserving of legal services and most in need of strong advocates who will compassionately and fiercely stand up for them. As a result, lawyers should endeavor to learn how to be better lawyers for them and help them in their times of need.  


Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify what the manifestation of domestic violence and sexual assault can be in an adult victim
  2. Grasp the effects of trauma resulting from domestic violence and sexual assault on adult victims
  3. Address the way that trauma affects a victim’s interactions with the legal process and the victim’s lawyer
  4. Discuss how those interactions can pose a challenge to competently representing a client
  5. Develop techniques to use to address those challenges while showing adequate sensitivity to the victim’s state of mind and pathology

Credit Information

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Faculty

Giugi Carminati

Carminati Law PLLC

Giugi Carminati is a litigator and intersectional feminist advocate. She represents women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community in their personal and professional lives. She practices in state and federal courts in Texas, New York, and Colorado. From commercial litigation to family law and civil protection orders, she brings firm but compassionate legal advocacy for her clients. She speaks French, English, Italian and Spanish.



Reviews

TP
Thomas P.

This course is also very beneficial to prosecutors.

KH
Karen H.

Really great.

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Jon S.

Highly valuable.

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Christine H.

Presenter is highly knowledgeable and competent on issues of domestic violence and intimate partner abuse. Presentation is strong and thorough.

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Quinn L.

This should be mandatory information for all attorneys!

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Kerry S.

Very interesting and practical advice. Great speaker!

MM
Martha Jane M.

Outstanding Insightful

DC
Diane C.

Interesting information pertaining to the thoughts and mind set of victims of domestic violence.

MC
Marissa C.

Great program. The faulty was very knowledgeable and delivered the information in a clear and organized fashion. A+

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Robin N.

I really enjoyed this, although the subject matter was (obviously) a bit dark. She did a very good job of being matter of fact and set a good tone throughout. Highly recommend!

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Seth F.

Very compelling. I never knew the origin of "gas lighting" before; the instructor provides a very well organized and detailed lesson on an extremely disturbing area of legal practice. Highly recommended!

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Valorie V.

I really enjoyed this presentation, particularly her excellent explanations of the impact of trauma and tips for addressing it in representation. Great work!

JH
Janine H.

Outstanding treatment of difficult issues. Very practical, compassionate, and attuned to responsible representation.

MR
Maureen R.

Excellent presenter. Tough topic, and she made it very compelling.

SM
Sheldon M.

Great course!

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Georgia P.

She was fantastic!!

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Lauren F.

This is a great program! All attorneys should hear it!

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Grace G.

Excellent treatment of a difficult subject!

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Arlyn a.

solid lecturer. good info.

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Brenda S.

Very good speaker

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Kathryn m.

very knowledgeable and she seems genuinely tuned in to her clients.

EO
Emily O.

Excellent presenter.

WM
Whitney M.

Really interesting and practical talk on aspects of working with trauma victims that I would not have considered.

NC
Nancy C.

The instructor was great!

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Edward P.

Giugi! Best CLE I have ever experienced. Well explained and well researched. Fantastic.

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Jonathan S.

This was the best--most informative, clear, organized, well-0presented and helpful CLE class I have ever taken

LS
Lori S.

great !

DD
Dawn D.

So much better than I expected.

JH
J. Donald H.

Excellent program - well prepared and delivered.

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Tom N.

Well presented and informative.

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John F.

Very well done!!!

JP
John P.

This presentation handled difficult issues extremely well. Great information and advice.

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Darren K.

Good

KH
Karel H.

very helpful; thank you

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Howard T. H.

EXCELLENT PRESENTATION -

BS
Brian S.

Not my area of law, but very informative and educational.

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gary s.

Presenter was excellent. This was the best course offered by Lawline.

JV
James V.

Excellent presentation, a worthwhile/valuable video for every lawyer

PG
patrick g.

outstanding presenter and presentation. excellent investment of time. will look for her again in courses.

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Ingrid S.

This was not a topic I thought I'd find the least bit interesting and yet it was one of the most interesting ones -- it gave me a whole new perspective about issues some clients deal with and it was VERY practical

HC
Heather C.

This was such a helpful program. Well done.

HH
Holly H.

Great information that I will definitely use

MM
Michael M.

Excellent Program - thank you.

BA
benjamin a.

very good engaging and knew the material

MC
Marcia C.

Good information; helpful tips; nice speaking voice and presentation

NK
Nathaniel K.

Very well done: clear, informative and practical.

JI
Jamie I.

Excellent presentation

DD
David D.

Very informative program!

CS
Clarence S.

Excellent presentation of important and difficult area of family law.

HH
Harrison H.

Excellent presentation.

GK
George K.

Excellent class

RD
Rebekah D.

Enlightening course!

JG
Jamila G.

Excellent presentation!

BH
Beth H.

Very informative. I've gained a new perspective.

MM
Melissa M.

Ms. Carminati was an excellent presenter. The program was very informative.

AK
Amy K.

Great!!!!!

BP
Brianna P.

Instructor did an amazing job teaching a difficult but important topic!

NA
Natascia A.

Great presentation and very informative

SA
Senna A.

Great presenter! Would love to hear her go through some case studies in more detail in a future CLE.

CA
Chartrisse A.

Excellent

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Elizabeth W.

Fabulous program!

TW
Terri W.

Excellent presentation.

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Elizabeth F.

Excellent

TC
Tanya C.

Great course

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Martha L V.

Loved the speaker! She rocked!

JH
Jennifer H.

Thought she was very knowledgeable and enjoyed her presentation.

MS
Maxwelle S.

The presenter was wonderful - knowledgeable and empathetic (which was helpful given the topic)

KB
Kelci B.

The presenter was very very good and informative.

MC
Michael C.

One of the best CLE courses in years.

SS
Samuel S.

Great presentation.

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Anne T.

I do policy work and although I do not have clients, this was very informative and I liked going through the statutory definitions.

JN
Josh N.

Extremely well presented, helpful and most informmative

LW
Linda W.

Giuigi's presentation was one of the best I have seen!

MB
Mark B.

Excellent presentation. Great insight.

JG
Joi G.

really great

MP
Melvin P.

Dear Ms. Carminati, I just wanted to reach out to say thank you for your excellent CLE on Lawline on the topic of representing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We represent many domestic violence victims in our family law practice here in Mississippi. Although I hope that we already follow much of your practical advice at our firm, it was very powerful and useful hearing you lay out best practices for competently representing domestic violence victims. I certainly have experienced with my clients many of the client behaviors that make working in this space so challenging. Again, thanks for making such a terrific CLE. All lawyers who practice family law should watch it.

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Daniel G.

Speaker was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the topic.

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Robert B.

Good

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Paula N.

Very interesting topic. Excellent presentation.

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Cynthia K.

This was excellent. One of the best courses I've taken.

DH
Dorian H.

Excellent presentation. Thank you.

BA
Barbara A.

Great program, very informative, I really enjoyed it!

PC
Penni C.

Excellent speaker with great advice.

KC
Kevin C.

Well done. I’m glad I selected this course.

BS
Bill S.

This was one of the most powerful and helpful CLEs that I have experienced in 25 years.

AH
Ashley H.

Wonderful material!

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jerry s.

outstanding!!!

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Edward C.

Very knowledgeable presenter who offered insights into a world I hadn't understood.

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Timothy S.

Great

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Stephanie M.

Very knowledgeable and compassionate advocate. Well done!

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Karin I.

Very thoughtful and useful presentation.

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