The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Domestic Violence Project (DVP) will be be holding a training program on March 13, 2012 from 6:00 – 9:15 p.m., at the LACBA Conference Center. This is a great opportunity for volunteer training and to earn 3 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit.
Volunteers provide a valuable service to a vulnerable population, and gain expertise in the area of family law. No previous experience is required. Attorneys, legal professionals, and law students can volunteer for two 3-hour sessions per month for 6 months. This training provides a very comfortable learning atmosphere with a great opportunity for open dialogue with the presenters. Program attendees will receive substantial materials, and dinner is included.
DVP volunteers make a difference every day when they assist victims of domestic violence. Last year, LACBA’s DVP helped more than 9,000 persons. During the course of a 3-hour shift, a volunteer can help as many as three victims seek protection from their abusers. Volunteers interview victims on a one-on-one basis, gathering information with which to complete complicated legal documents. This allows the victims to file for restraining orders with professionally prepared Petitions.
The Domestic Violence Project operates from two Los Angeles Superior Court locations; Central and Pasadena. This Project is one of LACBA’s in-house pro bono programs. Other agencies will also be present with volunteer opportunities.
Diana DeVilliers Ph.D., Los Angeles Superior Court - FCS
Hon. Scott M. Gordon, Los Angeles Superior Court, Supervising Judge for Family Law
Stephanie Shadowens LMFT, Family Court Services, Los Angeles Superior Court