NM Bar Discusses Secondary Trauma

A recent article in the State Bar of New Mexico’s Bar Bulletin discusses how lawyers and judges, due to the nature of their work, are at risk of experiencing secondary trauma, also known as vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue.  As author Hallie Love explains, “The cumulative direct exposure to others’ trauma can result in emotional duress to the lawyers and judges and other legal personnel who work with traumatized populations.” Secondary trauma can result in a number of debilitating symptoms, putting both lawyers and clients at risk. The article offers prevention measures, such as increasing resilience, as well as body-based treatment options.

Read, “Lawyers Are at Risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress,” in the February 15, 2017 Bar Bulletin.

In October 2014, the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs sponsored a webinar titled, “Keeping Legal Minds Intact: Mitigating Compassion Fatigue Among Legal Professionals.” In December 2016, CoLAP sponsored the webinar, “Fierce & Gritty: Resilience Training for Lawyers.” Both are available on the CoLAP Website.

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