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Starts: 12/07/07 01:00 PM
Ends:  12/08/07 04:00 PM

November 27, 2007

MEDIA CONTACTS: Claire Duggan: (202) 994-0616;
Adela de la Torre: (202) 994-6424;

DEC. 7-8, 2007

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will deliver Keynote Address


The George Washington University's Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Policy (DV LEAP) will host its first Biennial Symposium on Domestic Violence Law and Policy: "Custody & Abuse Litigation and the Supreme Court" at GW's Law School. The Symposium will bring together leading Supreme Court scholars and litigators with expert domestic violence and child custody lawyers to create a set of best practices for bringing widespread due process violations in family courts for redress to the United States Supreme Court.

Friday, Dec. 7, 1 - 5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


The George Washington University Law School
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Lerner Hall
2000 H Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue and Orange lines)


To register for the conference, please visit: Media are welcome to attend. To RSVP, please contact Claire Duggan at (202) 994-0616 or For questions or additional needs, please contact the Balcom Group, 804-580-8352. 


The program on Friday will focus on the problems in family court, including both individual stories and an overview of the injustices, tragic outcomes, and some of the structural forces contributing to a growing pattern of failure to protect children in custody litigation in family courts. The program on Saturday is a working program for Supreme Court litigators and domestic violence/custody lawyers, and will focus on the challenges of seeking and avenues for obtaining redress in the Supreme Court.

Friday, Dec. 7, 1 - 5 p.m.

Keynote Address, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.)
Richard Ducote
, attorney, expert in custody and abuse litigation
Joan Meier, director, DV LEAP and professor of clinical law, GW Law School
Joyanna Silberg, executive vice president, Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence
Wendy Titleman, protective parent who recently filed cert petition in the Supreme Court
Irene Weiser, director, Stop Family Violence

Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

John Duffy, professor of law, GW Law School
Seth Galanter, partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Greg Jacobs, pro bono attorney for Justice for Children
Barbara McDowell, director, Appellate Litigation Project, Legal Aid Society of D.C.
Patricia Millett, partner, Akin Gump
Paul Smith, partner, Jenner & Block LLP (litigator of Lawrence v. Texas)
Barry Sullivan, partner, Jenner and Block LLP


DV LEAP's mission is to enforce and advance the constitutional and other legal rights of battered women and their children by providing expert representation to appeal unjust trial court decisions and by educating and training the community of professionals addressing domestic violence about crucial legal and psychological issues that advance safety and justice for victims of abuse. DV LEAP was founded in 2003 and is a partnership of the George Washington University Law School, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and a network of law firms providing pro bono representation.

Established in 1865, The George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the District of Columbia. Accredited by the American Bar Association and a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, the Law School enrolls approximately 1,800 students each year. The school was ranked 22nd in the nation in the most recent "America's Best Graduate Schools" edition U.S. News & World Report.

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