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  • Volume 11 | Summer 2008

commission activities and programming

National Training Institute on Civil Legal Remedies
for Victims of Human Trafficking

Oct 2 - 3, 2008
Law Offices of Howrey, LLP
1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

This Institute will provide civil attorneys with the information and resources they need to represent adult and child victims of human trafficking in civil matters. Day One of the Institute provides an overview of the crime of human trafficking and its impact on victims. Day Two of the Institute focuses on the development of litigation skills and strategies. Pro Bono attorneys are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please click here.

2008 Law Student Writing Competition Winners Announced

Every year, the Commission invites law students to submit articles addressing domestic violence and the law from a national or international perspective. Submissions must further the legal needs of victims of domestic violence or domestic violence victims and their children, or advance efforts to address the incidence, causes and effects of intimate partner violence.

Congratulations this year go to Amanda Proctor (1st Place), Andrea Gittleman (2nd Place) and Lisa Snead (3rd Place). To read their excellent articles about domestic violence and the law, click here.

ABA Adopts Policy Supporting "IVAWA"

At its Annual Meeting in August 2008, the ABA adopted policy urging federal, state, local, territorial and tribal governments to adopt legislation and appropriate funding to strengthen protection and assistance for victims of gender-based violence within the United States and abroad, and urging Congress to enact and fund the International Violence Against Women Act of 2007 or similar legislation. Click here for the full policy.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Brown Bag Series

October, 2008
12:00PM – 1:30 PM EDT

Once again this year, the Commission will host a brown bag series of discussions in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All are free and open to the public, and will be held at the ABA’s offices in Washington DC, or via teleconference. Check our website [] for more details as we approach the dates.

Animal Abuse & Domestic Violence
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 

The Giles Case
Thursday, October 9/10, 2007

Human Trafficking
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

LGBT Domestic Violence
Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Support the National Domestic Violence Volunteer Attorney Network Act

The U.S. House and Senate are both considering legislation designed to harness the skills, enthusiasm and dedication of pro bono lawyers by creating a network of volunteer attorneys to combat domestic violence. To learn more, and read the full text of the bills, click here.