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This webinar will explore recent and/or ongoing high-level cases that impact the field of domestic violence, including two Supreme Court cases -- Voisine v. United States (addressing federal domestic violence and firearms prohibition) and Elonis v. United States (addressing federal prosecution of “threats” on social media). Presenters will discuss the issues at stake, arguments and decisions and focus on the impacts these rulings have on domestic violence service providers at a local level.
By the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe the issues and rulings in two Supreme Court decisions
- Understand how these cases impact service providers and their clients
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Joan Meier is the founder and legal director of the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP). She has been a clinical law professor for 23 years at the George Washington University Law School, where she founded three pioneering and nationally recognized interdisciplinary domestic violence clinical programs. She has published widely on domestic violence, custody, and various Supreme Court decisions. Joan founded DV LEAP in 2003 to provide pro bono appeals in domestic violence cases. DV LEAP has filed ten amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court, and represented friends of the court and survivors of domestic violence in state court appeals all over the country and in the District of Columbia on a wide array of issues ranging from criminal law to family law to employment law. DV LEAP and Joan also provide trainings for judges, psychologists, lawyers, domestic violence coalitions, and others on best practices in adjudication of domestic violence and family court litigation.
Rob Valente is vice president of policy for the National Domestic Violence Hotline, with specialized interests in firearms, federal domestic violence laws and interventions, and tribal issues relating to domestic violence. She is one of the lead national coordinators of legislative work to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act in 2013. Ms. Valente has served as a consultant on civil legal issues regarding domestic violence for various organizations, including the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the Alaska Native Women’s Coalition, the National Congress of American Indians and the Domestic Violence Resource Network. She also served as Attorney Advisor to the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women and as the founding Director of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.