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Voice of the Child Series, Part VI: Best Practices in Child Custody Cases with DV
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Voice of the Child Series, Part VI: Best Practices in Child Custody Cases with DV


 Export to Your Calendar 10/28/2016
When: October 28, 2016
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Santa Clara Biltmore Hotel
2151 Laurelwood Rd.
Santa Clara, California  95054
United States
Presenter: Family Law
Contact: SCCBA

Online registration is available until: 10/27/2016
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Sponsored by the Santa Clara County Bar Association Family Law Section, Santa Clara County Psychological Association, and the Minors’ Counsel Committee.



Resolution Revolution:
Best Practices in Child Custody Cases with DV, Contact Resistance or Both

Keynote speakers Gabrielle Davis and Loretta Frederick of the Battered Women's Justice Project will present new resources for identifying and managing intimate partner violence in child custody cases.

Family court practitioners, including judges, attorneys, mediators, custody evaluators, advocates, and supervised visitation providers, often struggle to determine what parenting arrangements are appropriate where domestic abuse is an issue. New and valuable guidance is now available to each of these practitioners.

The AFCC Board of Directors recently approved “Guidelines for Examining Intimate
Partner Violence: A Supplement to the AFCC Model Standards of Practice for Child Custody Evaluation” that describe recommended practices for IPV-related child custody evaluations.

The National Child Custody Project of Battered Women's Justice Project, advised by leaders from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and AFCC, has developed a Framework for approaching custody cases involving domestic violence. Also now available is a suite of Practice Guides and Worksheets which operationalize the Framework and can be used by evaluators, attorneys, and all other family court practitioners.

Participants in this conference will be introduced to the new AFCC Guidelines, the National Child Custody Project Framework, and Practice Guides. And they will walk away with new skills in identifying abuse, determining its nature, context and implications for parenting and co-parenting and, finally, accounting for the abuse in their actions in any case.

As always, this Voice of the Child workshop will include panels with local judges, family law professionals, and mental health professionals applying the material to the specific needs of families in our area.


Featuring: New 2016 Guidelines Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Cases with Intimate Partner Violence


SCCBA Member $225
Non-Member $285
SCCBA New Admittee
(Under 5 years of practice)
Honorary $100


Registration: 8:00 AM 
program: 8:30am - 4:30pm
agenda TO be provided


Includes 6.0 MCLE Credits and Family Law Specialization (TBD)

Keynote Presenters:

Gabrielle Davis,
Battered Women’s Justice Project 

Gabrielle Davis is a Legal & Policy Advisor with the Battered Women’s Justice Project. Before joining BWJP, she was a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Toledo College of Law where she founded and directed a domestic violence clinic
and taught courses in gender violence and feminist legal theory. She has published extensively in the field and her community work has been recognized by numerous
awards and commendations including a 2009 Jefferson Award for Public Service.

She currently serves on the AFCC national task force on child custody evaluations and domestic violence and the editorial board of the Family Court Review.


Loretta Frederick,
Battered Women’s Justice Project

Loretta Frederick is the Senior Legal and Policy Advisor for the Battered Women’s Justice Project, a national resource center on the civil and criminal legal system's response to domestic violence. She serves as faculty for the National Judicial

Institutes on Domestic Violence, served for two years as a consultant for the U.S. Marine Corps on the development of its response to domestic violence, chaired the
Minnesota State Bar Association's Family Law Section as well as its Domestic Abuse Committee and serves on the AFCC’s national task force drafting guidelines for custody evaluators in domestic violence cases.




Honorable Anne Hirsch,
Facilitator for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges  


Arnold Shienvold, PhD, AFCC Task Force Member, Board of Governors of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts; American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children 


Additional panelists to be announced which include: 

LOCAL SCC JUDGES, FAMILY COURT SERVICES, LACY INVITEES and our usual suspects of MHP’s and attorneys!!




Fulfill your CLE requirements with the SCCBA by registering for this program or choose from hundreds of online CLE programs from our Online CLE Catalog.

Period: 2/1/14 - 1/31/17
Deadline: 2/1/2017

California State Bar Compliance Information

Cancellations and refunds will be accepted only 48 hours prior to the event.  

*All seminar materials will be distributed to pre-registrants via email and a copy will be provided on a USB upon registration at the event. We will not provide hard copies. 


*State Bar of California Approved MCLE: The Santa Clara County Bar Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.   This program is approved for California MCLE credit.

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