New Developments in Addressing Domestic Violence to Be Examined at March 25 Symposium

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Practitioners, legal scholars, and advocates will discuss changing perceptions and new strategies for addressing domestic violence at the 2011 Women’s Rights Law Reporter symposium, to be held at Rutgers School of Law–Newark on Friday, March 25, 2011. The student-run Women’s Rights Law Reporter is the oldest legal periodical in the U.S. focusing exclusively on the field of women’s rights law.

Among the topics to be covered are: ways in which innovative, holistic treatment of domestic violence cases are changing the legal and prosecutorial landscape; legal and advocacy work on domestic violence issues on behalf of historically under-represented communities; and an international survey of law addressing domestic violence.

The program is co-hosted by the Rutgers Institute for Professional Education. Pre-registration is required. The program is free for those not seeking Continuing Legal Education credit; there is a $150 fee for those seeking CLE credit – 6.0 credit hours (NJ, NY) and 5.0 credit hours (PA). Register online at

What: “Changing Perceptions and New Strategies in Domestic Violence” sponsored by the Women’s Rights Law Reporter and the Rutgers Institute for Legal Education

Who: Registration and Breakfast (8:30 – 9 am)

Welcome and Introductory Remarks (9 – 9:30 am)
Professor Suzanne Kim, Rutgers School of Law–Newark

Featured Speaker (9:30 – 10:30 am)
Casey Gwinn, Esq., President, National Family Justice Center Alliance

The Family Justice Center Movement – Holistic Initiatives in DV Cases (10:45 – noon)
Jessica Kitson, Esq., Rutgers School of Law–Newark, moderator
Hannah Pennington, Esq., Legal Director, Bronx Sanctuary for Families
Liberty Aldrich, Esq., Director, Domestic Violence & Family Court Programs, Center for Court Innovation
Adjunct Professor Gary Mitchell, Director of Litigation, Parental Representation Unit, NJ Office of the Public Defender

Lunch (noon – 1 pm)

DV in Underrepresented/Underserved Communities (1:15 – 2:30 pm)
Male Victims of Abuse (video)
Ted Farley, Esq., LGBTQ Initiative Coordinator, Urban Justice Center
Rev. Marie Fortune, Senior Director, FaithTrust Institute
Suzanne Groisser, Esq., Coordinator of Legal Services, Rachel Coalition

International Survey of DV Law (2:45 – 4:15 pm)
Liesl Gernholtz, Esq., Director, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
Fran Gau, Director of Counseling Services, New York Asian Women’s Center

When: 8:30 am – 4:15 pm, Friday, March 25, 2011

Where: Baker Trial Courtroom, Rutgers School of Law–Newark