Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project

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Dawn Dalton Joins DV LEAP as Executive Director

DV LEAP is excited to announce that we have brought on a new Executive Director to expand the capacity of the organization, while our Founding Director, Joan Meier, assume the role of Legal Director.  You can read more about this transition here as well as learn about some of Ms. Dalton's most recent work here.


 

A Stronger Voice for Justice

Despite the reforms of recent decades, battered women and children continue to face unfair treatment and troubling results in court. Appeals can overturn unjust trial court outcomes – but they require special expertise and are often prohibitively expensive.

We empower victims and their advocates by providing expert representation for appeals; educating pro bono counsel through in-depth consultation and mentoring; training lawyers, judges, and others on cutting-edge issues; and spearheading the DV community's advocacy in Supreme Court cases.

To learn more about DV LEAP's programs, click here. To get involved or to make a tax-deductible contribution, follow this link.  To learn about upcoming DV LEAP events, click here.

 

 

DV LEAP'S 10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

DV LEAP celebrated its 10th anniversary on  Thursday, November 7 at McDermott Will & Emery with special guest Robin Givens. We would like to thank everyone who made the evening such a wonderful success.  Please click here to see a list of celebrity leads and stars who made this evening so special with their strong support for DV LEAP.  Click here to see the biographies of the evenings awardees.  We'll be posting pictures soon!


Click Here to watch "8 Reasons to Support DV LEAP"

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The Hague Convention Puts Children First – So Should the Courts

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Joan Meier quoted in a Crime Report article about abuse allegations in custody cases

The article examines the reasons why family courts do not adequately address abuse allegations and how that leads to their ultimate failure to protect children in custody cases. 

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Joan Meier Submits Comment to the DSM Regarding "Parental Alienation Syndrome"

 Joan Meier speaks out against including "Parental Alienation Syndrome" in the DSM-5.

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DV LEAP's work on an upcoming Supreme Court case featured in Law.com article.

The article, which examines the issue of private prosecutions in domestic violence cases, also quotes Executive Director Joan Meier.

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