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Trauma Informed Leadership
Start Date: 11/8/2022Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 11/8/2022End Time: 1:30 PM
Event Description:

Trauma Informed Lawyering and Leadership: A 3 Part Series To Empower Lawyers to Better Serve Clients and Others Placed in Their Care

October 4, October 18, and November 8, 2022

Mitchell Hamline School of Law - Zoom

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. CT


Title: Trauma Informed Leadership (November 8th)                                                                                

Course Description

The third CLE in the series of three will address the urgent need for people who serve in in leadership positions and other who have people including clients and others placed in their care to develop an understanding of trauma and employ a trauma-informed approach as a matter of universal precaution. It will explore the neurobiology of human performance and ways lawyers as leaders can further efforts to reduce the occurrence of trauma, encourage others to become trauma-responsive, and build communities of mutual care to alleviate unnecessary suffering in silence.  It will empower participants to view themselves as leaders in the movement to create more just and trauma-informed systems.

Presenters’ Biographies

Miriam Itzkowitz- presenting the first CLE in the series

Miriam Itzkowitz is the Director of Trauma-Informed Care for the Institute for Children, Families and Communities at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. In her role she develops and implements trauma-informed education and programming in the child welfare system. She also serves as the social work supervisor in the Child Protection Clinic working with graduate social work students to link theory and practice and to serve the clients represented in the Child Protection Clinic. Miriam’s clinical experience is in counseling adults and adolescents in clinical, home, and school settings. In her work at her private practice, Miriam use an eclectic approach to individual, couples, and group therapy, incorporating cognitive, creative and holistic techniques to assist clients in sustaining authentic identities, coping with difficulties and overcoming trauma. Miriam is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas School of Social Work.

Miriam received her BA from Grinnell College and her MSW from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

Natalie Netzel- presenting the second CLE in the series

Natalie Netzel is an Assistant Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she serves as the Co-Director of the MHSL Clinical Program and the Advocacy and Education Director for the Institute to Transform Child Protection. She supervises law students and social work students who represent parents and kin in all stages of child welfare proceedings. Prior to joining the law school Natalie was a judicial law clerk for the Minnesota Court of Appeals and federal judicial extern in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. She also holds an M.S.E. in Counseling. Her academic interests include trauma-informed lawyering and resilient practice


Rick Petry- presenting the third CLE in the series

Rick Petry is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline. He is also the founder of the Conscious Leadership, Justice and Law Program, a certified executive coach who is also certified in Cultural Intelligence, Conversational Intelligence, Emotional Intelligence (EQ-I 2.0), Brian Health Coach, Success Principles Trainer and Barret Values Center Certified Consultant. Rick joined Mitchell Hamline after representing individuals and companies for over 17 years in criminal defense, personal injury, commercial litigation, and real estate matters as a law firm partner and trial attorney.


A Zoom link will be provided in the confirmation email when you register.

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Contact Information:
Name: Rick Petry

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