January 14, 2016
Professor Jennifer Baum’s new article, “Compassion Fatigue: Caveat Caregiver?” appears in the
winter edition of the ABA’s Children’s Rights Litigation Committee newsletter.
The article reports on a recent ABA teleconference examining “compassion fatigue,” a condition that can negatively impact lawyers and others working closely with traumatized individuals. Studies show that so-called helping professionals who work day in and day out with victims of serious trauma can, over time, show changes in their ability to demonstrate compassion and care, and these workers can themselves also suffer from symptoms of PTSD, such as nightmares and desensitization. As. Professor Baum notes, “research has shown that compassion fatigue leads to an increase in direct negative impacts on clients, including legal errors, client profiling, general disorganization, and conflict and toxicity in the workplace (“horizontal violence”), which in turn leads to decreased job performance.” The article goes on to explain how to treat and reduce compassion fatigue, and improve representation for traumatized youth.
November 10, 2014
Professor Jennifer Baum appeared at a panel discussion on human trafficking as part of “Shut Out Trafficking” week at St. John’s University on October 22. The panel followed a screening of “Not My Life,” a new documentary about the global business of child exploitation. Professor Baum discussed legal and practical concerns for identifying and serving trafficked children in New York City, and described her students’ recent work with unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America.
July 19, 2014
Jennifer Baum, Associate Professor of Clinical Legal Education and Director of the Child Advocacy Clinic, has published a new article for the ABA’s Children’s Rights Litigation Newsletter entitled “Ready, Set, Go to Federal Court: The Hague Child Abduction Treaty, Demystified.”
In the article, Professor Baum, who has represented or worked with children on a number of international parental child abduction cases, discusses the need for increased advocacy for children and parents in Hague cases, especially those in which one or both parents raise child safety concerns.
July 19, 2013
Professor Jennifer Baum, Director of the Law School’s Child Advocacy Clinic, won a petition to permit a 15-year-old client to intervene in a repatriation proceeding commenced by her father under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. In the opinion (070913 Intervention Opinion and ORDER) granting the petition that Professor Baum filed on her client’s behalf, Judge Paul A. Engelmayer, SDNY, noted that Professor Baum brings a “welcome vigor” to the case by retaining experts and asserting defenses apart from those of the client’s mother. For more information on the work of the Child Advocacy Clinic click here.