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Tools for Advocacy: Getting Beyond the Basics in Domestic Violence Litigation

Friday December 14

  • By: Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Central Time (US & Canada)
  • Location:
    Tulane University
    Lavin-Bernick Center
    Qatar Ballroom
    New Orleans, LA
  • Contact:
    Becki Kondkar
    Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic

This interactive course is designed for attorneys representing domestic violence victims in family court litigation, and includes an hour of ethics training and an hour of professionalism training. The program objective is to provide both new and experienced domestic violence practitioners with an opportunity to examine and refine the core skills they routinely use in domestic violence litigation.

The training format alternates between lecture and practice skills exercises. During practice skills exercises, participants are encouraged to experiment with proposed strategies for improving or refining courtroom advocacy skills, and are provided feedback by peers and expert instructors. This interactive instruction is supplemented throughout the day with substantive lecture and discussion that explores the interpretation and application of Louisiana's domestic violence statutes, the effects of trauma on victims and their cases, and the challenges of negotiating settlements that do not compromise victim safety.


9:00-9:30 Introduction and Opening Remarks (Kondkar and Wolfer)

9:30-10:45 Louisiana Law: Using and Interpreting Louisiana's Domestic Violence Statutes

10:45-12:00 Ethics: Standards of Practice for Representing Victims: Understanding your Client and the Effects of Trauma

*Practice Skills Exercise: Is it a "bad fact" or evidence of trauma? Using "bad facts" to support your case

12:00-12:30 Lunch

12:30-1:30 Evidence and Objections: Common Issues in Domestic Violence Cases

*Practice Skills Exercise: Making and Defending Objections

1:30-2:30 Impeachment and Cross Examination, Part 1

Mechanics and Strategies in Domestic Violence Cases

2:30-2:40 Afternoon Break

2:40-3:45 Impeachment and Cross-Examination, Part 2

*Practice Skills Exercise: Impeachment During Cross Examination: Making your point and controlling your witness

3:45-4:45 Professionalism: "Going Along to Get Along:" Negotiation and Settlement in Domestic Violence Cases. When does it place your client at risk?

4:45-5:00 Question & Answer and Closing Remarks

CLE application pending.

To register, call 504-296-6438.

  • CLE Credit Comments: CLE application pending

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