In October the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program will hold a two–part training that will help attorneys to competently and comfortably handle custody and child support matters for pro bono clients.
Part one on October 1 will cover child custody, including filing a child custody case, third–party child custody cases, and child support. Part two on October 8 will feature a view from the bench and will discuss domestic violence, case preparation, and courtroom proceedings.
Both sessions take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the D.C. Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, first floor.
The training is cochaired by family law practitioners Lisa Martin and Lise Adams. Martin is a co–director of the Families and the Law Clinic at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law where she supervises students representing low–income people who have experienced domestic violence in emergency protection order, family law, and immigration cases, and who are undertaking community education and systemic reform projects.
Adams co–manages the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program’s Advocacy & Justice Clinic and oversees the program’s family law activities and other projects to deliver pro bono legal information, advice, and representation to low-income individuals in the District of Columbia.
Joining Martin and Adams on the faculty are family law experts Judge Danya Dayson, Tracy Davis, Marissa Gunn, Su Sie Ju, Amy Myers, Avrom Sickel, and Diane Weinroth.
The training is presented in collaboration with Bread for the City, Catholic Charities, the Children’s Law Center, Columbus Community Legal Services at Catholic University of America, and the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. It is cosponsored by the D.C. Bar District of Columbia Affairs Section, Family Law Section, and Litigation Section.
No particular expertise is required to participate. The training is appropriate for attorneys and attorney–paralegal teams (paralegals must attend with an attorney).
In exchange for this training, participants must agree to accept at least one pro bono case in the subject matter covered by the training from one of the sponsoring organizations. (This requirement does not apply to D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program Advocacy & Justice Clinic participants or to volunteers currently handling a pro bono family law case with one of the sponsoring organizations.)
The cost to attend the two–session series is $25 for attorneys and $15 for paralegals. The training is free for legal services provider employees.
MCLE credits are not available for this training.
For more questions about the training, contact Pro Bono Program staff attorney and training manager Shannon Redd at firstname.lastname@example.org.