Trauma-Informed Justice Symposium


The Connecticut Bar Foundation

James W. Cooper Fellows

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges


Quinnipiac School of Law


“Trauma-Informed Justice”

This event was held:
Friday, October 26, 2018

Quinnipiac School of Law
North Haven, CT
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This Symposium helped enhance understanding of trauma and its impact on legal advocacy and adjudication. Trauma-related legal practice issues include forming an attorney-client relationship; an element of legal claims; trial & negotiation processes; clients’ ability to implement legal advice, agreements, & orders; secondary traumatic stress (STS) for attorneys; and STS for other professionals involved with the case or client.

The program brought diverse perspectives to this issue including those of practitioners, judges, and mental health and other service providers from Connecticut and other states that embrace a survivor-defined approach to justice for survivors of trauma.


Available Program Materials:

Trauma Informed Justice Symposium Program


PowerPoint Presentations:

Survivor-Informed Justice - Jill Davis

Psychological Impact of Trauma - Dr. Julian D. Ford

Keynote Address: Transforming the Family Courts:
The Benefits of Infusing a Trauma-Informed Approach - Hon. Susan B. Carbon

Panel: Moderated by Carrie Kaas

Vicarious Trauma and Self Care - S. Megan Berthold, PhD, LCSW


Speaker Bios:

 Jamey Bell

Jill Davies

Julian D. Ford, PhD, ABPP

Ndidi Moses

Hon. Susan B. Carbon

Hon. John A. Danaher III

Carolyn Kaas

Kara A. Hart

Elizabeth C. Leaming

Jon Bauer

Howard M. Krieger, PhD

S. Megan Berthold, PhD, LCSW

Enelsa Diaz

Stacey Violante Cote

Sheila Hayre

Joshua Michtom

Mary-Christy Fisher

Darren Pruslow

David W. Cooney

James Bhandary-Alexander


Symposium Sponsor


Symposium Planning Committee

Jamey Bell, Chair
Jon Bauer
Kara Hart
Carrie Kaas
Ndidi Moses



Attorneys admitted in Connecticut may claim up to 5.25 CT CLE hours for having attended.