Total Credits: 1.0 including 1.0 Ethics CLE, 1.0 CLE
Prosecutors, and those on their team, often interact with people during the most difficult time of their life. Sharing the experiences of victims, law enforcement, our colleagues, other community partners and even defendants impacts us professionally and personally. These experiences shape who we are and how we respond to others inside the courtroom and at home. While there is no escaping the hard parts of life, forging a new path starts by connecting with ourselves and cultivating the “quality of being present.” Being present requires that we are able to feel pain, while not succumbing to it. In our roles, we are stewards not just of those who allow us into their lives, but of our own capacity to be helpful. It is critical that we recognize a mindful and connected journey, both internally and externally, allows us to sustain the work we do.
During this webinar, we will use the book Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others by Laura Van Dernoot with Connie Burk to discuss 16 warning signs of trauma exposure response, keys to being a stress resistant person and how to build a habit of trauma stewardship. We will also share how to use a book club to generate a connected team focused on doing meaningful work in a way that works for us and for those we serve.
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Lorrin Freeman was first elected as Wake County District Attorney in 2014 after serving two terms as the elected Clerk of Court. She is the first woman District Attorney for Wake County. As District Attorney she oversees a team of over forty attorneys and forty victim/witness assistants, investigators and others committed to pursuing justice and prosecuting criminal offenses. As Wake County Clerk of Court, she served as the President of the N.C. Conference of Clerks of Superior Court in August of 2013 and was recognized by her peers across the State in 2010 when they presented her with the Conference of Clerks President’s Award. In 2018 Mr. Freeman was awarded the Judge Robinson O. Everett Award for Legal Excellence by the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity of Campbell University. Prior to holding elected office, Ms. Freeman worked in the North Carolina Attorney General's Office where she represented the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol. Ms. Freeman also served as an Assistant District Attorney. Ms. Freeman received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill. Ms. Freeman has been active in her community. For six years, she served on the City of Raleigh’s Human Relations Commission including serving as Chair and Vice Chair and she previously was on the board of the North Carolina Victims’ Assistance Network. In addition to serving as Wake County District Attorney, Ms. Freeman currently serves on the North Carolina Courts Commission, the North Carolina Conference of District Attorney’s Executive Committee and on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ms. Freeman is married and has two daughters.
Valerie M. Asbell is the Elected District Attorney for Prosecutorial District 7 which is comprised of Bertie, Halifax, Hertford, and Northampton Counties. She has been the Elected District Attorney for the past 21 years. She was the first female District Attorney in Eastern North Carolina and is now serving her 6th term as the Elected District Attorney. Mrs. Asbell was an Assistant District Attorney for seven years before becoming the Elected District Attorney and is a strong advocate for victims of crime throughout her District and the State of North Carolina.
Along with her duties as District Attorney, she is very active in her community locally and statewide and has taken a proactive approach to preventing crime in her district and to prevent young people from coming into the court system. Mrs. Asbell is currently a member of the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys Executive Committee and a member of the North Carolina Judicial Council. She is a board member for Roanoke Chowan Safe Domestic Violence Organization and a board member for Hannah’s Place. She is also a Past President of the 6B Judicial Bar along with sitting on numerous other boards and committees in her community. In November of 2019, Mrs. Asbell received the Community Legacy Award from the Hertford County Democratic Party. In 2013, Mrs. Asbell also received the Women of Justice Award in the State of North Carolina in the Public Official Category along with former Chief Justice Cheri Beasley of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Mrs. Asbell received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Emory University in 1989. She received her Juris Doctorate in 1992 from Tulane University School of Law.
Mrs. Asbell is happily married to Jimmy Asbell and they have two sons, Cole and Ethan.
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