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Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project

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Pitfalls in Adjudications of Custody and Abuse

D.C. Family Court Conference, Washington, DC 2009

  • Powerpoint Presentation


The Art of the Appeal: Critical Tools for Protecting Children in Custody Cases

Training by DV LEAP and Justice for Children, June, 2007

  • Powerpoint Presentations:
    • Pitfalls in Adjudications of Custody and Abuse (Joan Meier)
    • The Challenge of Custody when Abuse is Present (Julie Field)
    • Statutory Issues in Domestic Violence/Custody Cases (Joan Meier)
    • Introduction to Parental Alienation Syndrome – Critiques and Legal Challenges (Joan Meier)
    • Name that Standard of Review (Julie Field)
  • Supporting Materials: 
    • Bibliography on Domestic Violence/Custody Issues (Field)
    • Meier, Domestic Violence, Child Custody, and Child Protection: Understanding Judicial Resistance and Imagining the Solutions  (2003)
    • ABA Custody Statutes Chart
    • National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges Rebuttable Presumption States chart
    • Meier Research Summaries:
      • Rates of Domestic Violence in Custody Litigation
      • Rates at which Accused and Adjudicated Batterers Receive  Sole or Joint Custody
      • Scientific and Professional Rejections of PAS (Meier)
    • Survey of Custody Cases Involving Allegations of Domestic Violence on Appeal (2007)(DV LEAP)
    • Bibliography on PAS (Meier)


Child Custody Plenary Panel

3rd National Conference of Jewish Women International Conference on Domestic Abuse in the Jewish Community, Baltimore, MD, March 19, 2007

  • Powerpoint Presentation


Domestic Violence Custody Cases in the Unified Family Court Context

Florida Unified Family Courts Conference, Orlando, Florida, October 21, 2004

  • Powerpoint Presentation


The Intersection of Custody Battles and Criminal Prosecution of Domestic Violence: When is a Woman Alleging Abuse not Credible?

The National Association of Attorney Generals’ Annual National Conference, Emerging Issues: Violence Against Women, Washington, D.C., June 25, 2004

  • Powerpoint Presentation


Co-Occurrence of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment

11th National ABA-APA Conference on Children and the Law, Washington, D.C. June, 2004.)

  • Powerpoint Presentation




Getting Real About Abuse and Alienation

Fourth Battered Mothers’ Custody Conference, Siena, NY, January 2007

  • Powerpoint Presentation


Parental Alienation Syndrome

Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence Clearinghouse Lawyer Training, February 2006)

  • Powerpoint Presentation
  • Bibliography


Parental Alienation Syndrome or Abuse? The Battle for Truth

Presentation for the Muskie School of Public Service Child Custody and Domestic Violence Institute, San Antonio, TX, November 2005

  • Powerpoint Presentation
  • Bibliography




Thinking Appeal

Yearly presentation for D.C. Bar Pro Bono Domestic Violence Trainings

  • Powerpoint Presentation


Evidence in Domestic Violence Litigation

ABA Commission on Domestic Violence Continuing Legal Education Teleconference Series, March 2006 with Professor Jane Aiken

  • Outline


Post-Trial Remedies and Appeal

ABA Commission on Domestic Violence, National Civil Law Institute, July 2005

  • Powerpoint Presentation


Domestic Violence Appeals

Panel on Poverty Law in the D.C. Court of Appeals: Important Recent Developments, D.C. Bar and Judicial Conference, March 2006

  • Handout




Has the Debate Between Feminist and Non-Feminist Researchers Been Resolved? Michael Johnson’s Two (or Four) Types of Domestic Violence

Invited Panelist for panel on Empirical Research on Domestic Violence, American Association of Law Schools Workshop on Family Law 2007, Vancouver, Canada, June 2007)

  • Powerpoint Presentation
  • Bibliography