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American Bar Association, Chicago, IL.
Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence – the mission is to increase access to justice for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking by mobilizing the legal profession. The Commission addresses the acute need to increase the number of well-trained and supported attorneys providing representation to victims by providing creative training opportunities for lawyers, law students and other legal advocates. See National Domestic Violence Pro Bono Directory.
Family Law Section – has the following six goals: 1) to promote and improve the family; 2) to be the pre-eminent voice on marital and family issues; 3) to serve our members; 4) to improve public and professional understanding about marital and family law issues and practitioners; 5) to increase the diversity and participation of our membership; and 6) to improve professionalism of all participants in the administration of marital and family law.
Military Pro Bono Project – accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel and their families with civil legal problems, and it places these cases with pro bono attorneys where the legal assistance is needed. The Project is also the platform for Operation Stand-By, through which military attorneys may seek attorney-to-attorney advice to better assist their servicemember clients, Chicago, IL.
National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction, ABA Criminal Justice Section – through the Inventory each jurisdiction's collateral consequences will be made accessible to the public through a website that can be searched and sorted by categories and keywords. The website will make it possible for criminal and civil lawyers to determine which collateral consequences are triggered by particular categories of offenses, for affected individuals to understand the limits on their rights and opportunities, and for lawmakers and policy advocates to understand the full measure of jurisdiction's sanctions and disqualifications. it will also be possible through the website to perform inter-jurisdictional comparisons and national analyses.
With the support of the Office for Victims of Crime at the Department of Justice, the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence has launched the Survivor Reentry Project (SRP). SRP provides national training and technical assistance for attorneys working with survivors of human trafficking who have been convicted of a crime as a result of their victimization.
American Society of Trial Consultants – the primary purposes and objectives are to: provide an opportunity for networking and dialogue among individuals who share professional interests in trial consulting, trial-related research and teaching; encourage and assist in the professional growth and training of Society members; provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, opinions, techniques, experiences and research results in the area of trial consulting; encourage the development and refinement of appropriate methods for the application of research techniques to trial practice; promote the effective and ethical use of trial consulting techniques by attorneys; and encourage awareness of and provide accurate information about trial consulting, Timonium, MD.
Battered Women's Justice Project – is the national resource center on civil and criminal justice responses to intimate partner violence (IPV). In addition to our main office in Minneapolis, BWJP manages the National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith and Credit and partners with the National Clearinghouse on the Defense of Battered Women, which provides assistance to IPV victims charged with crimes and their defense teams. All three offices provide technical assistance and training to professionals engaged in these systems: advocates, civil attorneys, judges and related court personnel, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, batterers intervention program staff, and defense attorneys; as well as to policymakers, the media, and victims, including incarcerated victims, and their families and friends. BWJP also assists tribal and military personnel who fulfill equivalent positions in their respective institutional responses to IPV, Minneapolis, MN.
The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice – is dedicated to enhancing advocacy for survivors of oppression-based intimate partner violence. They strive to meet this goal by cultivating a community of attorneys and advocates who are skilled in survivors-centered advocacy and are capable of meeting the spectrum of survivors' civil legal assistance needs in partnership with others, Chevy Chase, MD.
2016 Impact Report, December 21, 2016
Consumer Rights for Domestic Violence Survivors Initiative
Domestic Violence Clinic, The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law – students represent victims of domestic violence with a variety of civil legal problems including custody, divorce, visitation, housing, consumer, public assistance, and procurement of protective orders. Students sit "first chair," and are responsible for all tasks associated with their cases. They meet with clients, draft pleadings, interview witnesses, draft and respond to discovery, take depositions, negotiate settlements, and conduct trials, Austin, TX.
Domestic Violence Law, Pace Law Library – a guide to domestic violence law resources, including sources of federal, state, and international law, practice materials and materials on specific legal issues, as well as news, scholarship, agencies, and organizations, White Plains, NY.
Domestic Violence Laws of the World, Harvard Law School – links to domestic violence laws in 30 countries, Cambridge, MA.
Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project – believes that real and lasting change in legal and social responses to domestic violence requires great patience and persistence. DV LEAP provides victims with the continued support needed – often for years – to take a case through the appellate process, in order to advance justice and achieve both system and perpetrator accountability, Washington, DC.
Google Scholar (caselaw searches) – has indexed the case law in all 50 states – Court of Appeals and Supreme Court – and the federal courts. You can search by keywords, personal names, inclusive dates, and specify states in a search. Currently, Google Scholar allows you to search and read opinions for US state appellate and supreme court cases since 1950, US federal district, appellate, tax and bankruptcy courts since 1923 and US Supreme Court cases since 1791 (please check back periodically for updates to coverage information). In addition, it includes citations for cases cited by indexed opinions or journal articles which allows you to find influential cases (usually older or international) which are not yet online or publicly available. Legal opinions in Google Scholar are provided for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as a substitute for legal advice from a licensed lawyer. Google does not warrant that the information is complete or accurate. View a list of search results with citations and a 2-line summary of text where some or all of the keywords appear. From here you can select to read an entire case or view case summaries that have cited the selected case.
Institute for Law and Justice, Violent Crime, Violence Against Women and Family Violence – conducts research and training projects on the impacts of violence crime, violence against women, and family violence and the outcomes of programs designed to address these crimes. ILJ has demonstrated expertise in many areas of criminal victimization and criminal justice system response, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. ILJ has worked with clients at all levels of the criminal justice system to research and provide training on these and other critical subject areas, Alexandria, VA.
LawHelp – helps low and moderate income people find free legal aid programs in their communities, and answers to questions about their legal rights.
Laws.com – includes laws, information and potential signs of domestic violence and abuse.
Legal Action Center – the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV / AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas, New York, NY and Washington, DC.
LegalAidResearch.org, National Legal Aid & Defender Association – a research database providing free access to research reports and other documents about evidence-based practices and research results on civil legal aid. LegalAidResearch.org helps practitioners, researchers and others to: make existing research easily accessible and understandable to civil legal aid programs, pro bono programs, bar associations, state access to justice commissions, researchers, funders and policy makers; support advances in evidence-based practices and research on civil legal assistance; increase the efficiency and effectiveness of state justice systems; enhance the ability of civil legal aid programs to deliver fair and just results for clients; promote calculated risk-taking and rigorously study innovations in civil legal aid, which is essential to develop new models of service; illustrate the impact of civil legal aid including the not-so-easily measured but still critical benefits such as client empowerment, self-determination, and environmental improvements in rental properties; and identify research needs, inspire research partnerships, and connect interested parties to existing research institutions, Washington, DC.
Legal Momentum – the nation’s oldest nonprofit legal group dedicated to advancing the rights of women and girls. The mission is to ensure economic and personal security for all women and girls. Legal Momentum envisions a society in which all women and girls are economically secure, empowered to make their own choices, and can live and work free of discrimination and violence. In this society, all women enjoy the conditions, opportunities, and support that enable them to realize their human rights and freedoms, New York, NY.
Carol Robles-Román Appointed President and CEO of Legal Momentum, April 8, 2014.
2011 Annual Report.
Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women – works to improve legal representation for domestic violence survivors. Specifically, the LRC works to obtain legal representation for domestic violence survivors in interstate custody cases and to provide technical assistance to domestic violence victim advocates and attorneys in such cases, Takoma Park, MD.
Legal Services Corporation – a private, non-profit corporation established by Congress to seek to ensure equal access to justice under the law for all Americans by providing civil legal assistance to those who otherwise would be unable to afford it. LSC was created in 1974 with bipartisan congressional sponsorship and the support of the Nixon administration, and is funded through congressional appropriation. LSC-funded programs do not handle criminal cases, nor do they accept fee-generating cases that private attorneys are willing to accept on a contingency basis. In addition, in 1996 a series of new limitations were placed upon activities in which LSC-funded programs may engage on behalf of their clients, even with non-LSC funds. Among them are prohibitions on class actions, challenges to welfare reform, collection of attorneys' fees, rulemaking, lobbying, litigation on behalf of prisoners, representation in drug-related public housing evictions, and representation of certain categories of aliens. The Corporation has implemented and rigorously enforced these restrictions, Washington, DC. Click on "Find Legal Aid" in upper right-hand corner of website to find Legal Assistance Programs.
Muskie School Continuing Legal Education Series, Muskie School of Public Service – provides Continuing Legal Education (CLE) webinars. Ethics for lawyers will address various aspects of ethics in the practice of law related to violence against women, Portland, ME.
National Alliance of Victims' Rights Attorneys – a membership alliance of attorneys and advocates committed to the protection, enforcement, and advancement of crime victims' rights nationwide. NAVRA is a project of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI), a non profit research and educational organization that actively promotes balance and fairness in the justice system through crime victim centered legal advocacy, education, and resource sharing, Portland, OR.
National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit – facilitates the implementation of the Full Faith and Credit clause of the Violence Against Women Act in all states, tribes, and territories by raising public awareness of the statute's requirements and providing problem-solving technical assistance and support to individuals and jurisdictions, Arlington, VA.
National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered
Women – a nonprofit organization founded in 1987, is a resource and advocacy center for battered women charged with crimes related to their battering. Through its work, the organization aims to increase justice for ~ and prevent further victimization of ~ arrest, convicted, or incarcerated battered women, Philadelphia, PA.
Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel – organized and funded by the Public Justice Center, the mission is to encourage, support and coordinate advocacy to expand recognition and implementation of a right to counsel in civil cases. The NCCRC has 260+ participants in 36 different states, all of whom are committed to ensuring meaningful access to the courts for all to exploring how the right to counsel in civil cases can best be advanced in their particular jurisdiction. The NCCRC understands that there are concerns and questions about civil right to counsel within the legal services and broader communities, such as questions relating to funding, implementation, continued autonomy of the existing legal services providers, and scope of new rights, Baltimore, MD.
Crime Victim Bar Association – provides technical support to attorneys representing crime victims in civil suits, referring crime victims to lawyers in their local area, and increasing general awareness about the availability of civil remedies for victims of crime, Washington, DC.
Crime Victim Law Institute – is committed to the enforcement and protection of victims' rights in the criminal justice system. It is the only organization of its kind in the United States. As a non-profit research and educational organization, NCVLI can assist attorneys who provide direct legal services, file amicus briefs to advocate for victims, and conduct research and provide information on issues concerning victims' legal rights, Portland, OR.
Annual Reports (from 2008-2009 to current)
Victim Law Library
The National LGBT Bar Association – a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliates lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity. The LGBT bar aspires to improve the quality of life for LGBT legal practitioners until the time that LGBT legal professionals are recognized without discrimination, stigma or negative bias, Washington, DC.
National Women’s Law Center – since 1972, the Center has expanded the possibilities for women and girls in this country. We have succeeded in getting new laws on the books and enforced; litigating ground-breaking cases all the way to the Supreme Court, and educating the public about ways to make laws and public policies work for women and their families. Today, an experienced staff of nearly 60 continues to advance the issues that cut to the core of women's lives in education, employment, family and economic security, and health and reproductive rights—with special attention given to the needs of low-income women and their families, Washington, DC. Read Blog.
North Carolina Family Law Resource Center, Charles R. Ullman & Associates – includes resources for those seeking divorce in North Carolina, resources about domestic violence in North Carolina and domestic violence resources for students. Assistance is available via Live Chat, Raleigh, NC.
Protecting Privacy to Enhance Safety Pro Bono Subpoena Defense Project – American Bar Association and Confidentiality Institute have partnered to develop the Protecting Privacy to Enhance Safety Pro Bono Project, an initiative designed to create a corps of attorneys nationwide who are knowledgeable in the area of advocate confidentiality and can provide pro bono assistance to programs to respond to subpoenas when they come in.
Public Counsel Law Center – nation's largest public interest law firm specializing in delivering pro bono legal services to low-income communities. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel strives to achieve three main goals: protecting the legal rights of disadvantaged children; representing immigrants who have been the victims of torture, persecution, domestic violence, trafficking, and other crimes; and fostering economic justice by providing individuals and institutions in underserved communities with access to quality legal representation, Los Angeles, CA.
Purple Berets – a grassroots, in-your-face women's rights group dedicated to gaining equal justice for women. We work as advocates for women who are victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and we do direct action political organizing to make system-wide change to give women access to justice, Santa Rosa, CA.
Sexual Violence Legal News Online, The Center for Law and Social Responsibility at the New England School of Law – a searchable database with cases on sexual violence and the ability to subscribe to online updates, Boston, MA.
State Laws, Family Violence Department of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Reno, NV.
Statutes of Limitations Reform on Child Sex Abuse Laws, Professor Marci A. Hamilton.
Tribal Protection Order Resources, Tribal Law and Policy Institute – designed to provide both tribal and non-tribal entities with a clearinghouse of information and resources pertaining to the issuance and enforcement of protection orders, West Hollywood, CA.
Uniform Law Commission – established in 1892, provides states with non-partisan, well-conceived and well-drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of state statutory law, Chicago, IL.
The United States of Stupid Laws – where the integrity of a rock has more value than a woman's right to live free from violence in her own home. Choose your state to see a stupid law juxtaposed with a state domestic violence law. Then find out what you can do to help advocate for domestic violence victims there. Yes, most stupid laws are silly and not enforced. This is not meant to be a resource for legal research and writing. But stupid laws and domestic violence laws have something in common: they are antiquated and need fixing. In many states, DV laws reflect a time where women were viewed as the property of their husbands, fathers, and brothers. The sentences of contemporary domestic violence laws are often too lenient for the heinousness of the crime, robbing domestic violence survivors of justice and safety. Legislators too often don't understand the dynamics of domestic violence, and while they mean well, the laws they pass are inadequate and do not provide enough support to have a meaningful impact on family violence. This project is a continuation of the documentary film Private Violence. While working on outreach for the film, the filmmakers realized that the problem of domestic violence is partially rooted in the existing laws of each state. We hope this project clarifies the flaws that pervade the legal system and perpetuate harm against domestic violence survivors.
VictimLaw, The National Center for Victims of Crime – a user-friendly database of victims' rights laws, Washington, DC.
Victim Rights Law Center – we not only provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives, but also promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. Through an innovative model of community collaboration, we have created a network of allies (medical providers, counselors, lawyers) dedicated to improving legal services for rape victims, Boston MA and Portland, OR.
Justice Center (English / Español) – provides advocacy, free of charge, for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse, particularly in the Latina and other under served communities of Sonoma County; provides advocacy training and community education; coordinates the Task Force on Women in Policing with the goal of increasing the number of women and minorities in our law enforcement agencies; and is committed to equal justice for all women and girls, Santa Rosa, CA.
WomensLaw.org (English / Español) – the mission is to provide easy-to-understand legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic violence. By reaching out through the Internet, we empower women and girls to lead independent and productive lives, free from abuse, Brooklyn, NY.
Celebrating 15 Days of WomensLaw, December 10, 2015