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!

February 2018

Children in Court? – Best Practices in Child Testimony Panel Discussion
February 6th, 2018, 9:30-11AM at DCVLP (5335 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015)
Should children ever be allowed to testify in family court? When, why, and how? 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.

March 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: Litigating Protection Order Cases for Domestic Violence Victims
March 6th, 9:30AM-2:30PM at Ropes & Gray
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.