CLE | Advanced Topics in Effective Representation of Vulnerable Populations

Presented by the Legal Project of Vera House, Inc. in partnership with the Onondaga County Bar Association, this conference will help you represent your clients in a more trauma-informed and client-centered way. On the first and second days of the conference, you will learn best practices for working with vulnerable populations, including individuals who have experienced trauma and those who have limited English proficiency. The last day of the conference will give you tools to build resiliency and strength so that you can represent your clients with compassion without feeling traumatized yourself, becoming complacent, or burning out.

There are ONLY FOUR CLEs Offered. Please make sure you select the ticket types for appropriate for you. Details below.

WHEN: Tuesday through Thursday, November 12-14, 2019 | TIME: See below | LOCATION: SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 2 S. Clinton Street, Syracuse,  NY 13202 | SRC Arena & Events Center at Onondaga County Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215 | MCLE: See below | COST: See below ** Office of Victim Services attorneys please select the appropriate ticket. Under NYS rules this CLE has been APPROVED for both Newly Admitted and Experienced Attorneys. A copy of the OCBA Tuition Waiver may be reviewed here.


CLE | Accommodating Language Barriers: Providing Effective Representation to LEP Clients.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

WHERE: SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 2 S. Clinton St., Syracuse (@ Salina Street)

TIME: 1 to 4 p.m.  (Arrive at 12:30 to grab some FREE lunch sponsored by the Marsh Law Firm)

MCLE: 3.0 (1.5 Skills, 1.5 Professional Practice)

These include people who struggle with access to justice due to language barriers perhaps stemming from a disability or who is as a person new to the United States who doesn’t speak English. Courts have an obligation to accommodate those with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and provide interpretation and translation services to all who appear before a judge; find out the rules, regulations and best practices surrounding this mandate.

FREE!! Reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. “Can I Coach My Kid’s Team and Still be a Star Performer in my Law Practice”

Location: SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 2 S. Clinton St., Syracuse. Come on by (or stick around after the above-referenced CLE) and hear from Life Coach Michael Sgro about how to fit it all in — or decide IF you fit it all in and STILL BE EFFECTIVE! Nosh and non-alcoholic refreshments will be served. Learn about the Onondaga County Bar Foundation’s Lawyer Assistance Project, which offers lawyers, judges and law students confidential supportive services. Click HERE to read more about Leadership Coach Michael Sgro.


CLE | What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Trauma

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

TIME: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (arrive early to sign in and grab some free breakfast!)

WHERE: SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 2 South Clinton St., Syracuse (@ Salina Street)

MCLE: 4.0 (Skills)

  • Understand how trauma can change the brain and how to identify symptoms of trauma.
  • How to engage & communicate with a client who has experienced trauma.
  • Prepare your firm to represent clients with trauma.


LAWYERS: MCLE credit is not available if you attended the 05/17/19 session of this same program.

LUNCH is included for BOTH Sessions!

Please indicate in the Comments Section if you have any dietary restrictions we should consider.

CLE | Childhood Trauma, Mental Illness and Substance Abuse; Historical Trauma

WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 2019

TIME: 1 to 4 p.m. 

WHERE: SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 2 S. Clinton St., Syracuse (@ Salina Street)

MCLE: 3.0 (Skills)

Brought to you by Sarah Reckess, Esq., a SAMHSA-certified Trauma-Informed Care Trainer and Project Director at the Center for Court Innovation – Upstate, this training answers a variety of questions concerning Adverse Childhood Experiences, Mental Illness and Trauma and what constitutes Historical Trauma.

Dinner is on us! Please join us from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for an evening of fellowship and connection as well as a challenge to do better. LOCATION: CNY Philanthropy Center, 2nd Floor Ballroom, 431 E. Fayette St., Syracuse — Free Parking!

Speaker LoriKim Alexander is the Co-Director of BlackCuse Pride, whose vision is one of unified and fully reflected QTPOC (queer and trans people of color) communities created through events and activities which stimulate capacity-building, empowerment, and respect. LoriKim will challenge us to center Black and Brown LGBTQ+ individuals in our work, our practice, and our communities. Dinner (vegan, gluten-free, and all-organic, catered by Jade and Nate) is free due to the gracious sponsorship of the Central New York Women’s Bar Association. Free, but registration required. RSVP to by November 10.

CLE | The Age of Overwhelm

WHEN: Thursday, November 14, 2019

TIME: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LOCATION: SRC Arena & Events Center at Onondaga County Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse

MCLE: 4.5 (2.5 Skills, 2.0 Professional Practice)

Best-selling author Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky provides insight into what it means to be overwhelmed in our daily lives, what it looks like and how to recognize it in ourselves, loved ones, legal colleagues, and co-workers. She provides strategies to deal with systematic oppression and introduces us to liberation theory.

NOTE: This location is NOT the SUNY Oswego Metro Center. Walk-ins will not be accommodated.

Hotel Rooms are available for out of town attendees. Please click the links below to learn more.

Marriott Syracuse Downtown Please note! Last day to book is October 31, 2019

Courtyard Syracuse Downtown Book by October 23, 2019

The following car services are offered in Syracuse.




This important conference is brought to you

by the generosity of the following sponsor

Helping sex abuse survivors rebuild their lives with dignity and respect


REMEMBER! If you organization or agency is funded by the Office of Victim Services please select the appropriate ticket type. The pricing is different.

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