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  • Abuse of Technology
  • Volume 14 | Spring 2009

commission activities and programming

Domestic Violence Webinar Series: Privacy, LGBT & Disability

The ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, in collaboration with the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), was pleased to present its 2009 Domestic Violence Webinar Series: Tips and Strategies in Protecting Victim Privacy, Representing LGBT Victims and Representing Victims With Disabilities.

Webinars were recorded and will be available, along with handouts and other materials, for free download on the Commission’s website. Click here for more information.

Screening for LGBT Victims of Domestic Violence in Legal Services
Sharon Stapel, Executive Director, New York City Anti-Violence Project, New York, NY
Ben Lunine, Staff Attorney, Transgender Law Center, San Francisco, CA

Cyber-Abuse and Civil Protection Orders
Guilherme Roschke, Staff Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, Washington, DC
Cindy Southworth, Director, Safety Net: the National Safe & Strategic Technology Project at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Washington, DC

Civil Protection Orders for LGBT Victims of Domestic Violence: Tips and Strategies in Representation
Vivian Huelgo, Director, Community Law Project of Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, New York, NY
Morgan Lynn, Staff Attorney, Women Empowered Against Violence, Washington, DC

Relocation, Identity Protection, and the VAWA Prohibition on Internet Publication of Protection Order Information
Valenda Applegarth, Senior Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston, MA
Guilherme Roschke, Staff Attorney, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, Washington, DC

Representing Victims with Mental Illness
Carole Warshaw, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence & Mental Health Policy Initiative and Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, Chicago, IL
Denice Wolf Markham, Executive Director, Life Span, Chicago, IL

Representing Victims with Disabilities: Identifying and Working with Evaluators
Linda Peyton, Executive Director, Legal Clinic for the Disabled, Philadelphia, PA
Carrie Ann Lucas, Director, Center for Rights of Parents with Disabilities, Denver, CO

ABA/Avon Domestic Violence Pro Bono Directory Project

With the generous support of the Avon Foundation, Inc., the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence is developing a national, searchable, online directory of pro bono programs providing legal assistance to victims of domestic violence.

The National Domestic Violence Pro Bono Legal Services Provider Directory will expand the number of pro bono attorneys providing legal assistance to victims of domestic violence by enabling attorneys to search an online database of volunteer opportunities with detailed, up-to-date information to identify programs that best suit their skills, interests, and experience. In addition, the directory will contain information about training and mentoring opportunities offered by these programs to ensure the provision of safe and effective legal assistance to victims of domestic violence.

Your input will help ensure that this directory is the premiere resource for lawyers who want to volunteer their time and expertise to assist domestic violence clients. The hyperlink to the online survey, which should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete, is below. We are looking for input from programs that:

(a) use volunteer lawyers in DV cases; and/or
(b) train volunteer lawyers to handle DV cases; and/or
(c) mentor volunteer lawyers in DV cases.

We are grateful for your time!  The directory will be available on ProBono.Net and the Commission’s website in the summer of 2009.