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2008 Webinar Series
THE LEGAL RESPONSE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: TIPS AND STRATEGIES

CLIENT INTERVIEWING IN PREPARATION FOR TRIAL
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. EST
Margaret Drew and Laura Martinez


Effective client interviewing is the first step in successful advocacy and litigation on behalf of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Participants will learn to identify and overcome barriers to effective client interviewing and become familiar with useful interview techniques that will better enable them to communicate with clients and elicit necessary information to prepare for trial. Participants will also learn the importance of safety planning and referrals as a part of the client interviewing process.

Margaret Drew, Esq., Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati, College of Law and Laura Martinez, Esq., Solo Practitioner and a former Staff Attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid will present this dynamic webinar.

Handout 1 - Client Interviewing Article by Margaret Drew Handout 2 - Interview Checklist Handout 3 - Incidents Form Handout 4 - Skeletons Intake Handout 5 - Case Checklist Handout 6 - Protective Order Client Questionnaire Handout 7 - Protective Order Checklist Handout 8 - Needs Assessment Handout 9 - Options for Client List Client Interviewing Presentation Slides Faculty Bios for Client Interviewing


DIRECT EXAMINATION TECHNIQUES IN PROTECTION ORDER CASES
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
Klaus Sitte and Kelly Stoner



Identifying and utilizing effective direct examination techniques and strategies is an essential aspect of litigating on behalf of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Through this webinar, participants will learn how to plan and conduct a strong direct examination with their clients and other witnesses. They will be able to utilize suggested topics and organization when preparing a direct examination and learn how the addition of physical evidence and demonstrations can make a direct examination more effective.

This dynamic webinar will be presented by Klaus Sitte, Esq., Executive Director of Montana Legal Services Association and Kelly Stoner, Esq., Director of the Native American Legal Resource Center and Director of Clinical Programs at Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Handout 1 - Trial Objections List Direct Examination Presentation Slides Faculty Bios for Direct Examination

 


TIPS AND STRATEGIES REGARDING INTRODUCTION OF EVIDENCE
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
Jane Aiken and Joan Meier



Understanding rules of evidence and utilizing effective evidence tips and strategies is an important component of litigation in cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. Participating attorneys will learn what types of evidence to consider and how to plan for its admission. They will also become more familiar with rules of evidence especially applicable to civil protective order and family law cases, including rules regarding privilege and common objections and responses. Particular attention will also be given to expert testimony and claims of parental alienation in custody litigation.

This dynamic webinar will be presented by Jane Aiken, Esq., Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and Joan Meier, Esq., Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) and Professor of Clinical Law at George Washington University Law School.

Handout 1 - Family Law Quarterly Article Faculty Bios for Evidence Webinar Evidence Presentation Slides


REPRESENTING IMMIGRANT CLIENTS IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
AND CUSTODY CASES
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
Leslye Orloff and Laura Martinez



Issues regarding immigration can present unique challenges to attorneys representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.  Attorneys participating in this webinar will learn how their civil protective order or family law case could impact their clients’ immigration status. Participants will also learn about specific visas and immigration remedies available to battered immigrants and other immigrant victims of crime.

This dynamic webinar will be presented by Leslye Orloff, Esq., Director of the Immigrant Women Program (“IWP”) at Legal Momentum and Laura Martinez, Esq., Solo Practitioner and former Staff Attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.

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