The Trauma-Informed Lawyer Podcast

The Trauma-Informed Lawyer Podcast Myrna McCallum shines a light on a critical competency overlooked in law school: trauma informed law
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09/27/2022
The Upside Down World of Trauma | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer

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This is an emotional episode which discusses Indian Residential Schools, child r**e, the memories that haunt us and the hard stories we have to tell. It also focuses on healing and empathy and the choices we must make in order to heal. This episode also offers listeners ideas on how they can connect to Canada's Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

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CW: This is an emotional episode which discusses Indian Residential Schools, child r**e, the memories that haunt us and the hard stories we have to tell.

As you know, I may need to bring this awesome podcast to an end. It takes a lot of time, skill and money to curate, prod...
09/24/2022
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As you know, I may need to bring this awesome podcast to an end. It takes a lot of time, skill and money to curate, produce, edit and promote it well. In a wonderful and supported world, I would be able to continue to keep this podcast going for a few more seasons but I need support, I need funds. I'd love to be able to create transcripts in English and French and I would love to be able to create a Youtube channel to stream a video version of the episodes with close captioning overlay for our hearing impaired friends and colleagues. I don't know where or how I can raise money without resorting to ads. For now, I am going to try this ko-fi platform. Each tip you leave will go toward my monthly hosting fee of $35. The more tips I receive, the longer I can keep the podcast available.

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09/23/2022
Myrna McCallum

Myrna is not on FB. This page is managed by her daughter. Go to her website to contact her:

Myrna is a Métis lawyer from Green Lake in Treaty Six territory. Myrna served as an adjudicator in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement claims process, and Crown Prosecutor with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Saskatchewan. She is based in North Vancouver, BC.

Episode SummaryThis episode discusses the recent collective trauma experienced by the James Smith Cree Nation as a resul...
09/23/2022
Community is Key to Healing | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer

Episode Summary

This episode discusses the recent collective trauma experienced by the James Smith Cree Nation as a result of the murders of 10 community members and the tendency of justice system participants to demonize and blame Indigenous communities when tragedies such as this occurs.

Episode Notes

This episode discusses the recent murders which occurred on James Smith Cree Nation and the town of Weldon in Saskatchewan. The focus of this conversation with Dan Jones is primarily on the subject of racism and stereotyping Indigenous communities as we have sometimes seen in the justice system, media reports and Corrections Canada as well as the National Parole Board of Canada decisions.

This episode discusses the recent collective trauma experienced by the James Smith Cree Nation as a result of the murders of 10 community members and the tendency of justice system participants to demonize and blame Indigenous communities when tragedies such as this occurs.

Wow, did I say that? It's so true. I want the time I spend (in this life) healing to be longer than the time I spent suf...
07/27/2022

Wow, did I say that? It's so true. I want the time I spend (in this life) healing to be longer than the time I spent suffering.

Have a listen to Dan Jones, Scott Jones and I discuss justice and other things on their podcast titled, "Just Us on Justice and Other Things Podcast" which is available on most platforms.

https://thetraumainformedlawyer.simplecast.com/episodes/from-retribution-to-restoration-a-conversation-about-restorative...
07/18/2022
From Retribution to Restoration: A Conversation about Restorative Justice with Vanessa Slater | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer

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Vanessa Slater discusses the focus and inspiration for her paper which considers the relevancy, advantages and challenges of shifting Canada’s criminal justice system toward emotionally intelligent approaches to law.

06/25/2022

Myrna's PSA for this Saturday, June 25, 2022.

06/22/2022

Dr. Amar Dhall discusses common experiences for many high achieving, exceptionally intelligent individuals who enter law school (and other high performing) environments. It's notable to hear how EQ is considered in comparison to IQ. This episode of the trauma-informed lawyer podcast is in my top three! I learned so much and I hope you will, too!

You gotta have a listen to my recent conversation with Dr. Amar Dhall. He will leave you inspired, informed and wanting ...
06/22/2022
Emotional Intelligence & the Art of Living: a Conversation with Dr. Amar Dhall | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer

You gotta have a listen to my recent conversation with Dr. Amar Dhall. He will leave you inspired, informed and wanting to know more about the super power that is emotional intelligence and the art of living.

https://thetraumainformedlawyer.simplecast.com/episodes/emotional-intelligence-the-art-of-living-a-conversation-with-dr-amar-dhall

Dr. Amar Dhall shares his wisdom, insights and data on emotional intelligence and the art of living.

https://thetraumainformedlawyer.simplecast.com/episodes/to-traumatize-is-to-dehumanize-my-conversation-with-fritzi-horst...
06/22/2022
To Traumatize Is To Dehumanize: My Conversation with Fritzi Horstman of the Compassion Prison Project | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer

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Fritzi Horstman of the Compassion Prison Project discusses prisoners, policing, trauma, ACES, intergenerational trauma, the justice system, racism, and how our humanity can get lost in our occupations.

https://thetraumainformedlawyer.simplecast.com/episodes/a-court-of-refuge-judge-ginger-lerner-wren-of-americas-first-men...
06/22/2022
A Court of Refuge: Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren of America's First Mental Health Court | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer

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Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren describes her pathway to creating the first Mental Health Court in America and offers compelling insight into how education, understanding, compassion and dignity can transform lives for lawyers, judges and defendants who appear in her courtroom.

This episode discusses trauma-informed approaches to community engagement and relationship-building which respects and r...
10/20/2021
Honouring Resilience: A Conversation with Supt. Scott Jones of the Edmonton Police Service | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer hosted by Myrna McCallum

This episode discusses trauma-informed approaches to community engagement and relationship-building which respects and recognizes trauma and resilience in the community and in the Edmonton Service.

This episode discusses trauma-informed approaches to community engagement and relationship-building which respects and recognizes trauma and resilience in the community and in the Edmonton Police Service.

New art for The Trauma-Informed Lawyer Podcast. Artwork titled, "Myrna at Moonrise" by Leah Marie Dorion.
10/11/2021

New art for The Trauma-Informed Lawyer Podcast. Artwork titled, "Myrna at Moonrise" by Leah Marie Dorion.

My   has new  ! Thanks to   artist, Leah Marie Dorion. I think it’s incredibly beautiful. I asked Leah for a unique piec...
10/11/2021

My has new ! Thanks to artist, Leah Marie Dorion. I think it’s incredibly beautiful. I asked Leah for a unique piece which reflected me, my community and my culture and this is the gorgeous creation she came up with. Below is her description of this one-of-a-kind painting titled, “Myrna at Moonrise”.

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I call it “Myrna at Moonrise” to celebrate your spirit name and how it connects to the moon. It is you standing strong watching the moon rise over Green Lake.

There are three lunar moths carrying your prayers to the moon. There are tons of berries in the artwork and flowers on your shawl to honour your Indigenous womanhood and grandmother bead workers.

I have four birch bark baskets by the lake to represent the four stages of life as a woman and to tell the story of you and your ancestors hauling water from Green Lake.

Your walking stick grounds you and your future work to the land and your northern Métis culture!

This episode discusses trauma informed practice from the perspective of family law lawyer, Zara Suleman. She also discus...
10/06/2021
Making Space for Trauma and Diversity in Family Law: A Conversation with Zara Suleman | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer hosted by Myrna McCallum

This episode discusses trauma informed practice from the perspective of family law lawyer, Zara Suleman. She also discusses why diverse, racialized, Black and Indigenous representation and perspectives are necessary and essential in law school, the legal profession and the judiciary.

This episode discusses trauma informed practice from the perspective of family law lawyer, Zara Suleman. She also discusses why diverse, racialized, Black and Indigenous representation and perspectives are necessary and essential in law school, the legal profession and the judiciary.

In honour of the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, this episode offers some advice for listeners...
09/30/2021
Ahkameyimok (Don't Give Up): One Survival Story - A Truth & Reconciliation Day Bonus Episode | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer hosted by Myrna McCallum

In honour of the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, this episode offers some advice for listeners via Thomas Hubl's book, "Healing Collective Trauma". Plus, I repeat a talk given in Saskatoon on March 8, 2017 for International Women's Day on the subject of Indigenous women, strength and resilience. CW: This episode discusses su***de, sexual abuse and other acts of violence but also strength and resilience.

In honour of the first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Canada, this episode offers some advice for listeners via Thomas Hubl's book, "Healing Collective Trauma". Plus, I repeat a talk given in Saskatoon on March 8, 2017 for International Women's Day on the subject of Indigenous women, st...

I share this piece with   everywhere I go and on the eve of our first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Thomas H...
09/29/2021

I share this piece with everywhere I go and on the eve of our first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, Thomas Hubl’s call to be a witness, to feel together, to not look away, dismiss or deny couldn’t be more relevant or timely.

In this episode, Maria Mitousis, family law lawyer in Winnipeg MB, shares details about the day she received a bomb at h...
09/27/2021
Life Interrupted: Maria Mitousis on Survival, Resilience & Mental Health Among Lawyers | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer hosted by Myrna McCallum

In this episode, Maria Mitousis, family law lawyer in Winnipeg MB, shares details about the day she received a bomb at her law office which was meant to end her life. On the same day, she was experiencing another loss, her partner, a 30 year Call was about to be disbarred. Maria and I discuss her inspiring survival story and her come-back and how both stories have served as a lesson in self-care, mental health and resilience for lawyers everywhere.

In this episode, Maria Mitousis, family law lawyer in Winnipeg MB, shares details about the day she received a bomb at her law office which was meant to end her life. On the same day, she was experiencing another loss, her partner, a 30 year Call was about to be disbarred. Maria and I discuss her in...

In case you were wondering what The Trauma Informed Lawyer looks like! Here she is. Beautiful! Just a note: Myrna doesn’...
09/23/2021

In case you were wondering what The Trauma Informed Lawyer looks like! Here she is. Beautiful!

Just a note: Myrna doesn’t manage this page, I do, her daughter.

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This compelling episode amplifies the voices of privileged and historically oppressed law students in UVic Law 391 (2021...
05/26/2021
The Duty to Do Better: The Law School Version | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer hosted by Myrna McCallum

This compelling episode amplifies the voices of privileged and historically oppressed law students in UVic Law 391 (2021 Class) who demand that a trauma informed legal education should be available to law students everywhere which respects their lived experiences as persons who have experienced individual, collective and cultural traumas.

This compelling episode amplifies the voices of privileged and historically oppressed law students in UVic Law 391 (2021 Class) who demand that a trauma informed legal education should be available to law students everywhere which respects their lived experiences as persons who have experienced indi...

Myrna invites listeners/lawyers to reflect on what they offer and what they don't when engaging with clients, the courts...
05/17/2021
We Cannot Give What We Do Not Have | The Trauma-Informed Lawyer hosted by Myrna McCallum

Myrna invites listeners/lawyers to reflect on what they offer and what they don't when engaging with clients, the courts and each other.

Episode 1 of Season 2 invites listeners to consider whether they bring empathy, compassion, patience and humility with them into the legal profession and into their professional relationships - and if not, why it may be time to change.

Some legal-practice areas stand out as more likely to involve trauma – criminal law, for example. But Myrna McCallum, th...
05/08/2021
Trauma-informed approach necessary in every legal practice area, says Myrna McCallum

Some legal-practice areas stand out as more likely to involve trauma – criminal law, for example. But Myrna McCallum, the host of the podcast, The Trauma-Informed Lawyer, says there is no area of law for which a trauma-informed approach is unnecessary.

“The application of this approach applies to everyone within the legal profession, regardless of their practice area,” she says. “If you are working with people, this practice applies to you.”

“I do believe that there is a collective consciousness rising where lawyers and judges alike are thinking about getting through their careers in a way that allows them to be more in touch with their own humanity,” says McCallum. “So that they are mentally and psychologically and spiritually and emotionally intact by the time they reach retirement.”

“I think this outdated practice of looking at people solely as legal issues, as opposed to human beings, and running yourself ragged until you're sick, or you are unwell, is not the way that people want to practice anymore.”

McCallum hosts The Trauma-Informed Lawyer podcast, in partnership with the Canadian Bar Association

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A Court of Refuge: Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren of America's First Mental Health Court

Cúirt Tearmainn: An Breitheamh Ginger Lerner-Wren as an gcéad chúirt sláinte meabhrach i SAM

The latest episode of The Trauma-Informed Lawyer Podcast hosted by Myrna McCallum with the support of BC Law Foundation is an interview (recorded in May 2021) with Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren about how she lead the team that created the first Mental Health Court in the USA and her insights into how education, understanding, compassion and dignity can transform lives for lawyers, judges and defendants who appear in her courtroom.

Is í an eipeasóid is déanaí den podchraoladh 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙪𝙢𝙖-𝙄𝙣𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙚𝙙 𝙇𝙖𝙬𝙮𝙚𝙧 ar a mbíonn Muirne Nic Colaim ina hóstach, le tacaíocht ó Fhondúireacht Dlí na Colóime Briotanaí, ná agallamh (a taifeadadh i mBealtaine 2021) leis an mBreitheamh Ginger Lerner-Wren faoin gcaoi a raibh sí i gceannas ar an bhfoireann a chruthaigh an chéad Chúirt Sláinte Meabhrach i SAM agus a léargas conas is féidir le hoideachas agus tuiscint, comhbhá agus dínit an saol a athrú do dhlíodóirí agus do bhreithiúna agus do chosantóirí a bhíonn os a comhair sa chúirt.

https://thetraumainformedlawyer.simplecast.com/episodes/a-court-of-refuge-judge-ginger-lerner-wren-of-americas-first-mental-health-court

In July 2019, Judge Lerner-Wren visited us to talk about her work.

I mí Iúil na bliana 2019 a thug An Breitheamh Lerner-Wren cuairt orainn chun labhairt faoin cuid oibre.

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Hi folks! Sarah here. We understand that experience with trauma is deeply personal and affects everyone differently. Our guiding principle is to do no further harm.

Because of this, every one of our lawyers and staff receives training from Myrna McCallum of The Trauma-Informed Lawyer Podcast.

We can’t say enough about Myrna and highly recommend following her if you’re interested in learning more about trauma-informed lawyering!
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Today, SD47 heard an emotional, educational, and powerful presentation from Myrna McCallum, host of the The Trauma-Informed Lawyer Podcast and former Residential School student, mother and grandmother. Hands up to this incredible speaker. Maarsii.

Her podcast can be heard here https://thetraumainformedlawyer.simplecast.com/
We believe judicial systems should hold perpetrators accountable

Fast facts about IPV and the criminal justice system:

-In 2018, almost eight in ten victims of police-reported intimate partner violence (IPV) were female (Burczycka, 2018).

-Women in rural areas experienced the highest overall rates of IPV (789 victims per 100,000 population), with rates close to four times higher than those for men in these areas (218).

-For every 1000 sexual assaults that take place in Canada, only three perpetrators are convicted (Johnson, 2013).

-According to the linked police-court file, offenders convicted of spousal violence [38] were less likely than other convicted violent offenders to receive prison sentences (19% versus 29%)
(Gannon, 2015)

Despite these statistics, there is incredible work being done across the province to support survivors of violence in navigating their journey of healing . Check out The Trauma-Informed Lawyer Podcast to learn about a relational approach to the practice of law: http://ow.ly/jS4Z50CwNg2
"The whole range of human suffering will meet you in a criminal courtroom"

The Trauma-Informed Lawyer Podcast is a partnership between North Vancouver-based lawyer Myrna McCallum and the The Canadian Bar Association / L'Association du Barreau canadien, as an educational resource on trauma-informed lawyering, not just for lawyers, judges, law students and legal educators but for everyone else affected by the way the legal system operates in Canada and elsewhere.

https://thetraumainformedlawyer.simplecast.com/

You can also find her on LinkedIn.

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