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Friday, September 24 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Carrying What Can't Be Fixed: Grief and Public Defense

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Megan Devine says in her book It's OK That You're Not OK, "Some things cannot be fixed. They can only be carried." Our clients' trauma, our moral injury, and the soul-scarring losses we all experience are too much...in a normal year. Add a pandemic that has disproportionately harmed poor people, people of color, and women, and we sort of wonder how we're still standing.

Join Georgia Sims, career public defender, and Khette Cox, hospital and hospice chaplain, as we explore and apply the psychology of grief to public defending. We will identify our core belief systems and explore the ways that our experiences as PDs have challenged or reshaped those belief systems, and we will use the lens of grief as a guide for our path forward. We will create space for community and hope to leave you with some simple practices that might help lighten the load you are carrying.

1) Khette and Georgia recognize that The Church (i.e. organized religion) have deeply wounded many folks. While there may be some conversation around belief systems generally, it is our hope to create an inclusive space for everyone.
2) We don't want you to leave this session with another item for your self care to do list that you'll then feel guilty about not doing. This session is about offering a different lens, not giving you new tasks.
3) We hope this will be a conversation BUT there will be no forced participation. Georgia is both an introvert and generally allergic to talking about feelings and Khette is the opposite, so wherever you are on the introversion/extroversion and warm&fuzzy/icy&tough spectrums, we hope you'll join us.


Rev. Khette Cox, M. Div., M.A.

Khette Cox is a product of East Tennessee, who had a career in the corporate world, got a Master's in History, and then found her way to Vanderbilt University Divinity School where she received her Master's of Divinity with a focus on Counseling in 2009.  She was ordained to chaplaincy... Read More →
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Georgia Sims

Assistant Deputy Public Defender & Training Director, Nashville Defenders
Georgia Sims is a Nashville native. She received her undergraduate degree from Transylvania University, where she played volleyball. She attended Vanderbilt University Law School and served as executive director of the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society and as an editor for the Vanderbilt... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT