2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Wednesday, June 5 • 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Discussion Group: Client Engagement

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Members of LGBTQ communities, high-risk and high-need clients, and people with personality disorders often experience unique and heightened involvement with the criminal legal system, and they also present challenges to their defense teams. What cultural or other sensitivities do we need to be aware of as we help them navigate a confusing and sometimes hostile environment? Bring your stories, experiences, and struggles with client engagement. Let's work together to find ways to do better for our clients and avoid burnout.


Lauren Choate

LCSW, St. Louis University School of Law Criminal Defense Clinic
Lauren Choate is a mental health social worker at Saint Louis University School of Law Criminal Defense Clinic, which combines law and social work in a unique approach to criminal representation. With an understanding that many people find themselves involved with the criminal justice... Read More →

Taylor Harrison

Dispositional Advisor, Minnesota Public Defenders Office
Taylor Harrison is a dispositional advisor at the Public Defender’s Office in Duluth, Minnesota. She has a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on the treatment of trauma. Taylor has prior experience in crisis management, community mental health, and community engagement... Read More →

Deborah Lolai

Staff Attorney & LGBTQ Client Specialist, Criminal Defense Practice, The Bronx Defenders
Deb received her J.D. from Touro Law Center with a Certificate in Criminal Law. Deb was the recipient of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Annual Student Leadership Award in 2014. Throughout her time in law school, she interned at the Public Advocacy Center at Touro Law Center... Read More →

Wednesday June 5, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Harborview I 2nd Floor

Attendees (8)