Resmaa Menakem to Deliver Keynote Address at Statewide Conference

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP

Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, SEP

Legal Services State Support is pleased to announce that Resmaa Menakem, author, international speaker, justice coach, and expert on conflict mediation and self-care, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Statewide Conference. Menakem is the author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, an examination of white body supremacy in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

In his keynote address for the legal services community, Menakem will discuss and define the theory of racialized trauma. He will share his insights on how historical, inter-generational, persistent institutional and personal inequities have impacted each of us and led to a decontextualized and internalized white body supremacy trauma we all carry in our bodies and unknowingly perpetuate in our culture. He will also present a break-out session on somatic-body practices and tools for confronting common historical and perpetual racial myths, including how our cultural experiences play out in our daily lives.

Menakem has appeared on both the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence. He has served as director of counseling services for the Tubman Family Alliance; as behavioral health director for African American Family Services in Minneapolis; as a domestic violence counselor for the Wilder Foundation; as a certified Military and Family Life Consultant for the U.S. Armed Forces; as a trauma consultant for the Minneapolis Public Schools; and as a Cultural Somatics consultant for the Minneapolis Police Department. As a community care counselor, he managed the wellness and counseling services for civilians on fifty-three U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. He currently teaches workshops on cultural somatics for a variety of audiences and is the founder of Justice Leadership Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people improve their abilities to tap into their individual and communal resilience.

Stay-tuned for more information about this year’s conference, Addressing Disparity: A Way Forward, at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, October 23 to Friday, October 25, 2019. Registration will commence in early September.

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"We Are All Criminals" Founder Emily Baxter Kicks Off 2019 Statewide Conference

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As we enter the long-awaited summer months, State Support staff are working behind the scenes to prepare for this fall’s Legal Services Statewide Conference: Addressing Disparity: A Way Forward. The conference will be held Wednesday, October 23 to Friday, October 25, 2019 at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, MN. Conference participants will learn about the effects of racial, economic and other disparities on our clients and ourselves and how to address them in our professional and personal lives.

The conference will kick-off on Wednesday evening, October 23, with special guest Emily Baxter, founder and executive director of We Are All Criminals (WAAC), a non-profit organization and storytelling project about privilege and dignity, helping us think about criminality with more nuance, going beyond just good guys and bad guys by challenging perceptions of what it means to be “criminal.”

Before founding WAAC , Emily served as the director of public policy at the Council on Crime and Justice and as an assistant public defender at the Regional Native Public Defense Corporation representing members of the Leech Lake and White Earth Bands of Ojibwe charged with crimes in Minnesota State court. Emily is a former fellow at the University of Minnesota Law School where she began developing WAAC through an Archibald Bush Leadership Fellowship in 2012. She now lives in Durham, NC.

Emily’s kick-off session will be a conversation about crime, privilege, punishment, and second chances. One in four people in the US has a criminal record; four in four have a criminal history. Through stories, statutes, and statistics, we’ll examine the disparate impact of the criminal and juvenile justice systems on people of color and poor people across the country. The presentation will include first-person narratives and photographs. Read more at We Are All Criminals.

Save the Dates for the Legal Services Statewide Conference!

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Legal Services State Support is pleased to announce that plans are underway for the 2019 Legal Services Statewide Conference: Addressing Disparity: A Way Forward. The conference will be held at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, MN from Wednesday, October 23 to Friday, October 25, 2019. Conference participants will learn about the effects of racial, economic and other disparities on our clients and ourselves, and how to address them in our professional and personal lives. Sessions and practice groups will be available across a range of poverty law topics, along with standard, ethics and elimination of bias CLE credit.

Stay tuned to State Support’s blog for a monthly peek at our special guests and session details, as well as a full conference schedule later this summer.