[Podcast] RL 80: David Shircliff— Maintaining Well-being and Understanding Emotions in the Courtroom
















In this episode, I am excited to have David Shircliff on to talk about maintaining well-being as a lawyer.

David Shircliff is the Chief Public Defender of the Lawrence County Public Defender Agency in Indiana. He has a passion for helping trial lawyers break through barriers that inhibit performance and fulfillment, including enhancing trial skills, rejuvenating passion after burnout, overcoming secondary trauma, and other non-discussable issues in the practice of law. He is an engaging presenter and facilitator who utilizes innovative experiential learning techniques. He has been a trial lawyer for 25 years and has tried a wide variety of criminal cases from sex offenses to homicides. David has worked on Death Penalty cases, both in trial and on the post-conviction relief level. He is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia, the Trial Practice Institute in Indiana, and he is a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming. His goal is to help lawyers love what they do and find fulfillment in all areas of their life.

Topics Covered

  • David delves into his education in social work and skills that have crossed over into his practice of law, as well as the distinction between primary and secondary trauma.
  • He discusses what makes him feel anxious, ashamed, and inadequate as a lawyer and what tools he has used or seen used to fight these feelings, as well as what to do in those circumstances when you give everything you have and you feel you have failed.
  • Maintaining our own well-being and who David discuss’ his fears and worries with when it comes to law.
  • Being an officer of the court, there’s pressure to continuously demonstrate your value (worth) based on standards you did not set or agree to. How do you disengage from the external yardstick of measuring your worth and the emotional impact that feeling no emotions can have on a lawyer when they shut down their emotional receptivity in the courtroom.

If you are interested in contacting David, you can reach him via email at shircliff1@me.com.



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