Crime Victim Legal Aid Conference

Save the date, May 16, 2024

Join us for a full day training on May 16th where interdisciplinary experts will provide practical tools for navigating trauma, crisis, and overwhelm. From de-escalation techniques for compassionate client care, to strategies for sustaining ourselves and each other in the face of trauma and secondary trauma, this interactive session aims to equip participants with skills to improve outcomes for clients while fostering resilience in survivor-centered advocacy.

This free hybrid training is available to all attorneys and legal aid staff who work primarily with survivors of crime (including gender based violence) on issues related to their victimization.  This includes family law, protection orders, immigration, and other legal issues.

On May 17th, the Family Law Taskforce will convene their annual in-person meeting at the same venue. For inquiries regarding attendance at the taskforce meeting, please reach out to


In-person Registration

Virtual Registration

All participants are required to pre-register. Registration will close at 5 PM on April 25, 2024.
In-person attendance is highly encouraged given the content and interactivity of the presentations.
In-person registration is limited to 90 participants, filled in the order of registration.
To ensure that all attendees can participate fully, accommodations can be requested during the registration process.


K&L Gates Seattle Office

925 4th Ave 2900, Seattle, WA 98104

Thank you to Pete Talevich and K&L Gates for generously donating the use of their conference center.



Coming soon

Light Rail

University Station, 6 minutes walking

Pioneer Square Station, 6 minutes walking


Anyone in need of lodging is strongly encouraged to book as soon as possible.

A small block of discounted rooms is available at the Crowne Plaza Seattle (1113 6th Ave, Seattle, WA). Anyone interested must contact OCLA for details and arrange their reservation before April 12, 2024

Please email for details.

Travel Assistance

For participants traveling to the conference from outside the South Puget Sound area, travel reimbursements may be available.  For information please email:


Check-in begins at 8:30 AM.

Programming will run from 9:00-AM to 5:00 PM. Agenda details coming soon.

Coffee, refreshments, and lunch provided for in-person participants.

CLE credits pending.


Laura van Dernoot Lipsky

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship and The Age of Overwhelm. She is the host of the podcast Future Tripping, which is dedicated to conversations about overwhelm. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure, she has worked nationally and internationally for more than three decades. Much of her work is being invited to assist in the aftermath of community catastrophes – whether they are fatal storms or mass shootings. Simultaneously, she has long been active in community organizing and movements for social and environmental justice and has taught on issues surrounding systematic oppression, structural supremacy, and liberation theory. Laura is on the advisory board of ZGiRLS, an organization that supports young girls in sports. She is a founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Network, which supports the development of capacity to address climate change. Laura also served as an associate producer of the award-winning film A Lot Like You, and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother.

Rebecca Sauls, MSW

Driven by her own lived experiences, Rebecca is deeply passionate about empowering professionals and individuals alike to navigate the complexities of mental health with respect, empathy and a sprinkle of courage. As a seasoned trainer, she offers invaluable trainings, workshops and consulting  on topics such as compassion fatigue, verbal de-escalation, mental health first aid, and suicide intervention.

Armed with a Master’s degree in Social Work, Rebecca Sauls brings a unique blend of academic knowledge and real-world expertise to her work. A compassionate advocate for mental health and crisis intervention. With a wealth of experience and a heart dedicated to serving others.

At the core of her philosophy lies the belief that empathy, while essential, must be accompanied by healthy boundaries to prevent burnout and ensure sustainable support for both caregivers and those in crisis. Her favorite quote, “Empathy without boundaries is self-destruction,” encapsulates this guiding principle.

Other speakers announced soon.


Participants are welcome to join a networking reception after the conclusion of the program.

Details coming soon.