Jan 31 -
Feb 8
Monday, January 31, 2022 - 09:00 to Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 09:00
Add to Calendar

GRIT: A Workshop To Energize, Elevate And Educate Women In Public Defense

Save the Date


We are pleased to present the second virtual GRIT: A Workshop To Energize, Elevate And EducateWomen In Public Defense, open to all legal professionals. Women professionals in indigent criminal defense have many successes to celebrate and also face unique challenges. Participants in this small, women-focused program will find an active, collaborative, supportive community. This training will address a variety of topics as experienced by women including the journey to legal work, developing one’s brand, improving communication in the office and in the courtroom, embracing strengths, identifying leadership goals, navigating relationships with colleagues and clients, building teams, vicarious trauma, work-life balance, self-care practices and more.

Participants will hear about these topics from inspiring women from all roles in the indigent defense team who have made their mark in this profession. They will also have opportunities in small groups to discuss these topics through structured exercises with the goal of enhancing effectiveness as a legal professional while maintaining balance and authenticity in one’s personal life. Participants will learn about scientific research on the impact of stress and tension on performance and will have opportunities to take a strengths assessment and sample wellness practices.

Whether you are at the beginning of your career or further along and hitting your stride, assuming leadership roles and maybe facing a roadblock, this workshop is for you. It is introspective, retrospective and prospective. By the end of this training, participants will appreciate anew how the community of women defense professionals is large and welcoming, fiercely committed to the mission and absolutely essential to the profession. Participants will set professional goals, learn strategies for handling challenges that arise, and have strengthened a network of women colleagues upon whom they can depend.

Although GRIT is geared towards women/women-identifying topics, colleagues of all genders are welcome to attend the conference. We encourage applicants to understand that the conference is intentionally designed to provide space for voices that are far too often ignored, silenced, or shut out, and to remain mindful of supporting that vision during the conference sessions.

GRIT is a live course that engages participants over the course of five days, from Monday, January 31 - Wednesday, February 2 and Monday, February 7 – Tuesday, February 8. To capture the energy of our speakers and promote community connections, this virtual course will be entirely live. Participants will meet in video rooms for ten live presentations, five workshop sessions, and several optional social gatherings including one with live music. Each of the five days of this workshop starts at 2:00 p.m. EST and ends by 5:45 p.m. at the latest (social events may run a bit longer).