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!

September 2017

New Volunteer Training: Litigating Protection Order Cases for Domestic Violence Victims
September 28th, 10AM-3PM, at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP 
This training will prepare attorneys to obtain protection orders (“stay-away” orders) on behalf of domestic violence survivors, helping ensure the immediate safety of survivors and their children. Volunteers receive supervised, in-court litigation experience in a short time frame: cases 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.

October 2017

New Volunteer Training: Representing At-Risk Children as a Guardian Ad Litem
October 5th, 9:30AM-2:30PM at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman 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 Family Law Cases for Domestic Violence Victims
October 19th, 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.

Children in Court? Key Perspectives on Child Testimony
October 25th, 9:30AM-11AM at K&L Gates
Should children ever be allowed to testify in family court? When, why, and how? In conjunction with DC Pro Bono Week, please join us for an expert-led training on child testimony in custody and divorce cases. We will focus on the implications attorneys should consider when arguing for or against child testimony. Our expert discussion panel, including Dr. Carly Blackstone (Director, DC Office of the Parenting Coordinator), Dr. Michael Gilliard (Psychologist, DC Assessment Center) and Dr. Rachel Schuchart (Clinical Director, Safe Shores), will provide time-tested insights.

DCVLP Volunteer Appreciation Happy Hour
October 26th, 5:30-7:30PM at Mission (Dupont)
Come join staff and fellow volunteers for a community happy hour in honor of National Pro Bono Week and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We thank you for all you do and hope to see you on October 26th!

Online Trainings

If you would like to volunteer, but are unable to attend a live training for the volunteer opportunity of your choice, you are welcome to complete your training online. Please email Emilia Plater-Zyberk at eplaterzyberk@dcvlp.org for more.

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