Answering the Call to Self and Service - Mental Health Tools for Pro Bono and Legal Services Practitioners

Event Description

An HCBA and RCBA Signature Program.

In Collaboration and Support of Loan Repayment Assistance Program of Minnesota (LRAP Minnesota).

Remote-only Participation | Live Zoom

Program Description:

As “the new normal” continues to evolve, the legal profession —especially pro bono and legal aid practitioners--have an increasing interest in attorney and client mental health. Low-income people have been devastated by the pandemic. When they come to us for help, these clients are often sharing stress, depression, and other mental health concerns along with their legal issues. Pro bono and legal aid practitioners are best equipped to serve indigent clients when attorneys have tools to support their own mental health, and have knowledge of resources for clients in crisis.

Join us for a panel discussion for practical tools to destigmatize mental health and increase attorney well-being and capacity to serve clients in need.

Planned topics include: 

• Highlighting statewide well-being initiatives for legal aid attorneys and pro bono practitioners;
• Combining boundary-setting, self-care, and work-life balance for effective and compassionate lawyering;
• Navigating encounters with high trauma clients;
• Connecting clients in crisis with mental health resources.

Featured Panelists:

Justice Natalie Hudson, Associate Justice | Minnesota Supreme Court

Abigail Henchek | Attorney, Family Law | Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid--St. Cloud

Julia Zwak | Assistant Supervising Attorney, Housing Unit | Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid—Minneapolis


Erin Keyes, Former Assistant Dean of Students | University of Minnesota Law School

CLE Credits:

1.0 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit applied for | Event Code: TBD


HCBA and RCBA Members:
Non-Members: $
Law Student/New Admittee:

Registration Deadline: April 16, 2023. To register after that time, email the program manager.

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments/Cancellations:  Please register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you must pay by check, please use this registration form. Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy.

COVID-19:  We are currently following CDC guidelines for Covid-19. For more information, please visit our website.

Accommodations: We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager with at least 72 hours notice prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Geen Mui |

Register for this Event

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Zoom/Live Webinar