Sustained is brought to you by Jenny Andrews, a California public defender for over twenty years. Jenny and David Klaus have developed and presented well being workshops to public defenders around the county. Jenny and Dave started together as public defenders in Oakland, California in 1996. We teach well being practices— drawing from writing, poetry, yoga, meditation, and gratitude exercises—for public defenders.
A child of counterculture, raised off the grid by back-to-the-land hippies on the Lost Coast of Northern California, Jenny Andrews is a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard Law School.
Jenny has been a public defender in California since 1996, and is currently the Director of Training and Career Development at the Santa Barbara County Public Defender, where she is creating a new training curriculum and litigating capital and other complex cases. She worked previously at the Sonoma County Public Defender and the Alameda County Public Defender.
Jenny teaches on the faculty of Gideon’s Promise, the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School, and the National Criminal Defense College. She has taught in public defense training programs in Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Kentucky, Montana, New Jersey, and throughout California. She is a member of the Education Committee of the National Association for Public Defense and of the Forensic Sciences Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Jenny became a certified yoga teacher in 2004, taught yoga from 2004 to 2007, and worked at Yoga Journal magazine from 2003 to 2006. She has attended yoga and meditation classes and trainings for 20 years, and recently has studied gratitude practices through the Greater Good Science Center and the dynamic mindfulness curriculum of Niroga. She believes in finding supportive practices to sustain a career in public defense—hers include yoga and meditation, writing, hiking along the beach with her husband and daughter, and tending a rural apple farm in Sonoma County, California.
Dave Klaus has served as a Public Defender attorney in Alameda County for 23 years, and worked for the Ohio State Public Defender before that. He speaks often about emotional resilience and secondary trauma in the profession, and has a coaching practice for lawyers and others dealing with burnout and anxiety.
Dave had his first burnout experience in 2010, when a combination of intense work-life, chronic pain, and mid-life crisis, all while raising little kids, dug him into depression and anxiety.
In his effort to ground himself, he explored the world of healing and integration widely, becoming an ordained Zen priest and committed meditator, a second degree black belt in jujitsu, and a writer and poet.
It was in the ManKind Project, an international men’s organization that supports men in committing to authenticity, integrity, honesty, and mission, that he found emotional healing, and he is now a Leader in Training in the project, helping to lead transformational retreats and talking circles for men.
He has been attending Burning Man in the Black Rock Desert for the 21 years, where he co-led a successful “Theme Camp” BeeCharge! for many years, and which he is still very happy to call home. Along the way, he and his community have built two art cars, many major art projects, and thrown some really great parties.
He lives in San Francisco with his wife Alycia, their teenage son Enzo, and their scruffy dog Trixy. Their daughter Anya recently left for college.