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November 2021

Lunch and Learn: Domestic Violence Case Law Updates

November 12, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom

The DC Court of Appeals has recently issued new case law that impacts Domestic Violence matters, particularly Civil Protection Order cases. Please join us for a Lunch and Learn to hear more about these new cases and learn how to utilize these decisions to advocate for survivors. (function(d, s) { var js, el = d.getElementsByTagName(s); window.BB_REG_FORM_ID = "426422a5-247b-494f-ba65-59093e94a7b2"; window.BB_REG_FORM_ENVIRONMENT_ID = "p-cnOu7O1Z7U2wXFJ76Tm-og"; js = d.createElement(s); js.src = "https://sky.blackbaudcdn.net/skyuxapps/registration-form/assets/online_registrations_form_loader_v3.14098ce76d7db76c7e1811317e69bc66d7ffa582.js"; el.parentNode.insertBefore(js, el); })(document, "script");

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February 2022

Lunch & Learn: Housing and Employment Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors

February 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom

Survivors often face barriers to housing and employment because of the domestic violence committed against them. In this training, volunteer attorneys will learn what legal policies and protections are available to them to help their clients access safe housing and stable employment. (function(d, s) { var js, el = d.getElementsByTagName(s); window.BB_REG_FORM_ID = "7495e308-a069-42b9-976e-2b07e78a4b14"; window.BB_REG_FORM_ENVIRONMENT_ID = "p-cnOu7O1Z7U2wXFJ76Tm-og"; js = d.createElement(s); js.src = "https://sky.blackbaudcdn.net/skyuxapps/registration-form/assets/online_registrations_form_loader_v3.14098ce76d7db76c7e1811317e69bc66d7ffa582.js"; el.parentNode.insertBefore(js, el); })(document, "script");

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March 2022

Pathways for Families: Litigating custody and divorce cases to help survivors

March 3, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Zoom

In this training, volunteer attorneys will learn to help domestic violence survivors and their children find long-term safety and stability through a permanent custody and/or divorce order. Major topics covered in this training include the basic dynamics of domestic violence, trauma-informed representation, and understanding the law and procedures regarding child custody and divorce in Washington, DC. (function(d, s) { var js, el = d.getElementsByTagName(s); window.BB_REG_FORM_ID = "c9c3fb81-1944-4064-b4a9-e08dc33bebc4"; window.BB_REG_FORM_ENVIRONMENT_ID = "p-cnOu7O1Z7U2wXFJ76Tm-og"; js = d.createElement(s); js.src = "https://sky.blackbaudcdn.net/skyuxapps/registration-form/assets/online_registrations_form_loader_v3.14098ce76d7db76c7e1811317e69bc66d7ffa582.js"; el.parentNode.insertBefore(js, el); })(document, "script");

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Representing at-risk children as Guardians ad litem

March 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Zoom

In this training, volunteer attorneys will learn how to serve as court-appointed guardians ad litem (GALs) for children in high-conflict custody cases involving serious risk factors. Major topics covered in this training include the role of a GAL, custody law and practice, domestic violence and child abuse/neglect, best practices for investigation, interviewing children, ethical issues in representing child clients, and identifying social services. (function(d, s) { var js, el = d.getElementsByTagName(s); window.BB_REG_FORM_ID = "b34729c7-7da2-4318-aff2-45e7ee73d359"; window.BB_REG_FORM_ENVIRONMENT_ID = "p-cnOu7O1Z7U2wXFJ76Tm-og"; js = d.createElement(s);…

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Civil Protection Order Clinic Training

March 30, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Zoom

Obtaining a Civil Protection Order, or "stay-away" order, is often the first step for a domestic violence survivor to find immediate safety from an abuser. In this training, volunteer attorneys and paralegals will learn to: help prepare survivors for an upcoming Civil Protection Order (CPO) trial by providing brief advice on their case assist survivors with drafting pleadings including Petitions for Civil Protection Orders, Motions to Continue, or Motions for Alternative Service through DC Superior Court's online filing system draft…

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April 2022

Appellate Advocacy Lunch & Learn: Protecting the Interests of Domestic Violence Survivors

April 7, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom

In 2021, DCVLP launched a new Policy & Appellate Advocacy Practice to ensure legal precedent protects the interests of DV survivors. In this training, volunteer attorneys will learn about all aspects of the appellate process, including litigating appeals on behalf of DCVLP clients. (function(d, s) { var js, el = d.getElementsByTagName(s); window.BB_REG_FORM_ID = "2a35e297-3f67-46b9-874b-ad9602bf55ca"; window.BB_REG_FORM_ENVIRONMENT_ID = "p-cnOu7O1Z7U2wXFJ76Tm-og"; js = d.createElement(s); js.src = "https://sky.blackbaudcdn.net/skyuxapps/registration-form/assets/online_registrations_form_loader_v3.14098ce76d7db76c7e1811317e69bc66d7ffa582.js"; el.parentNode.insertBefore(js, el); })(document, "script");

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June 2022

Chat with DCVLP Co-Legal Directors: DC Superior Court’s Return to In-Person Operations

June 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Zoom

Important updates have recently been made to DC Superior Court’s Domestic Relations Branch operations, and certain court proceedings will begin to transition from being held virtually to in-person again. Details surrounding these changes are outlined in the attached reimagining plan linked here. Highlighted in yellow are sections that contain information which directly affects DCVLP cases. Our Co-Legal Directors, Aida Vindell and Lauren Snow, are holding a Zoom session on June 24th from 12PM - 1PM to review and answer questions…

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Trial Skills Lunch & Learn Series Part I: Laying the Foundation for Exhibits

June 30, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom

Before an exhibit can be offered into evidence, you must prove to the Court that it is authentic, which is known as laying the foundation. In this training, volunteers will learn how to effectively lay the necessary foundation to prove the authenticity of exhibits. Please note, this training series is intended for newly registered and active DCVLP volunteers. To register as a volunteer, visit www.dcvlp.org/register. (function(d, s) { var js, el = d.getElementsByTagName(s); window.BB_REG_FORM_ID = "f9b8eed4-1d1c-41de-92f7-252985e19a65"; window.BB_REG_FORM_ENVIRONMENT_ID = "p-cnOu7O1Z7U2wXFJ76Tm-og"; window.BB_REG_FORM_HEADER_HEIGHT…

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July 2022

Trial Skills Lunch & Learn Series Part II: Refreshing Recollection and Impeachment

July 28, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom

In this training, volunteers will develop skills to properly impeach or refresh the recollection of a witness when representing clients in protection order or family law cases. Please note, this training series is intended for newly registered and active DCVLP volunteers. To register as a volunteer, visit www.dcvlp.org/register. (function(d, s) { var js, el = d.getElementsByTagName(s); window.BB_REG_FORM_ID = "4f6887b2-2153-4b38-83ef-f213e3d68250"; window.BB_REG_FORM_ENVIRONMENT_ID = "p-cnOu7O1Z7U2wXFJ76Tm-og"; window.BB_REG_FORM_HEADER_HEIGHT = 0; // If your page has a header/overlay, then you can set this value to your header…

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August 2022

Trial Skills Lunch & Learn Series Part III: Making & Responding to Objections

August 11, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom

In this training, volunteers will learn the essentials of courtroom objections and build skills to prepare for objections well before trial — so you can make and respond to objections with confidence, knowledge, and adequate preparation. Please note, this training series is intended for newly registered and active DCVLP volunteers. To register as a volunteer, visit www.dcvlp.org/register. (function(d, s) { var js, el = d.getElementsByTagName(s); window.BB_REG_FORM_ID = "ba94cb6b-6b8d-4109-843c-cd227d723c16"; window.BB_REG_FORM_ENVIRONMENT_ID = "p-cnOu7O1Z7U2wXFJ76Tm-og"; window.BB_REG_FORM_HEADER_HEIGHT = 0; // If your page has a header/overlay,…

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