(PRWEB) October 31, 2014
The Illinois Domestic Violence Act provides protections and remedies to empower domestic violence survivors. But some key remedies have proven difficult to obtain and implement.
A Nov. 6 program at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago will present new developments and best practices in implementing five such remedies in civil court. They are: firearm relinquishment, payment of support (child and spousal), temporary legal custody, payment of various types of losses (including attorney’s fees), and counseling.
Attendees also will learn about recent domestic violence court initiatives to make all remedies available to survivors, how to make a record for appeal, and the results of recent appeals of cases where there has been an alleged improper denial of remedies. The program will feature legal and domestic violence experts including Sebastian T. Patti, Presiding Judge of the Domestic Violence Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and Charles Stoops, director of the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace.
John Marshall’s Domestic Violence Clinical Advocacy Program supports survivors of domestic violence by (1) collaborating in “field placement clinics” where students, under the supervision of pro bono attorneys or John Marshall-partner legal assistance organizations, perform legal consultations and legal assistance using a trauma-informed and empowerment model; (2) developing educational and training programs for the general public, advocates, law students, and attorneys; (3) developing legal forms that enable survivors to exercise their rights under Illinois statutes to overcome barriers they face to becoming safe; and (4) crafting empirical-based policy proposals to improve the law’s response to domestic violence.
What: Best Practices When Seeking Order of Protection Remedies
When: Nov. 6, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: The John Marshall Law School, 19 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago
1.5 CLE credit hours available to Illinois attorneys
For more information, contact Public Affairs Director Christine Kraly at 312-427-2737 ext. 171 or ckraly(at)jmls(dot)edu.