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Saturday, March 20 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Self Care as Political Warfare

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Audre Lorde once said that caring for oneself is not self-indulgence, but self-preservation, and that that is an act of political warfare. Public defense is a profession whose practitioners are particularly prone to compassion fatigue and burnout, in no small part because the culture encourages putting clients before the self and treats self care as a luxury. The result, paradoxically, is lawyers and defense support professionals who are unable to give the best of themselves to their clients.

The aim of this presentation is to shift the public defender dialogue and mindset in the direction of embracing self-care as an ethical necessity in order to provide constitutionally adequate assistance to our clients.  This session will be a bit less touchy-feely than some wellness presentations, focusing more on ethical and scientific case for engaging in meaningful self-care practices.

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Deirdre Ewing

District Defender, Law Office of the Public Defender (Roswell & Carlsbad, NM)
Deirdre Ewing, Defender of the Fifth, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Cats, is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Mount Holyoke College, and the London School of Economics General Course.  In addition to being District Defender in Roswell and Carlsbad, New Mexico... Read More →

Saturday March 20, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Room 10