Volunteer Lawyer Events Calendar

Welcome to our Volunteer Lawyer Events Calendar! If you are – or would like to be – a volunteer, you are welcome to attend our events. Please RSVP by emailing rsvp@dcvlp.org. Thank you!

Spring 2018

New Volunteer Training: Litigating Family Law Cases for Domestic Violence Victims
March 1st, 10AM-2:30PM at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Family law cases present an excellent opportunity to gain experience in a full range of litigation skills, including discovery, motions, settlement negotiations, and trial preparation, while helping domestic violence victims find long-term safety and rebuild their lives. This training will prepare attorneys to litigate family law cases on behalf of domestic violence survivors. Topics include: dynamics of domestic violence; an overview of custody, child support, and divorce law; and practice and procedure.

New Volunteer Training: Representing At-Risk Children in Court
March 15th, 10AM-2:30PM at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
This training will prepare attorneys to serve as court-appointed guardians ad litem for children in high-conflict custody cases involving serious risk factors, such as parental drug abuse or domestic violence in the home. Topics include: the role of a guardian ad litem; custody law and practice; domestic violence and child abuse/neglect; best practices for investigation, including interviewing children and parents; ethical issues in representing child clients; and identifying social services.

New Volunteer Training: Litigating Protection Order Cases for Domestic Violence Victims
April 10th, 9:30AM-2:30PM at Ropes & Gray LLP
Gain supervised in-court litigation experience in a short time frame, while helping ensure the immediate safety of a survivor and her children. Each Civil Protection Order (CPO) case lasts just 8-12 days on average, and volunteers may sign up far in advance to represent a client on a certain hearing date, allowing busy attorneys to predict when they will need to be in court. Topics include: dynamics of domestic violence, the Intra-Family Offenses Act, interviewing clients, obtaining evidence, and handling contested hearings.

For more information, please contact Emilia Plater-Zyberk, Outreach & Volunteer Program Manager, at eplaterzyberk@dcvlp.org.