Prof. Beth Posner Serves as Faculty for ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence's Litigation Institute

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In October, Professor Beth Posner was faculty for the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence's Litigation Institute:  Intimate Partner Sexual Violence Representation, a t wo-day, intensive and interactive training in which she, along with other faculty experts, taught new and seasoned attorneys to more effectively and holistically represent survivors of intimate partner sexual violence in a range of civil legal matters. Material covered included:

  • Understanding the social and historical context of rape and sexual assault;
  • Incorporating a sensitivity to trauma in client interactions and case planning;
  • Developing effective case theory; 
  • Considering a range of civil remedies; 
  • Anticipating perpetrator defenses and planning successful counter-arguments; and
  • Mapping community resources and support for survivors of intimate partner sexual violence.

Prof. Posner described the program as follows:

Fifty attorneys from across the country participated in this training. Among the attorneys was my former Clinic student, Sarah Colwell, now a staff attorney at the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  Teaching for the ABA greatly informs my teaching. Substantively, I always learn something new and innovative about sexual assault and domestic violence litigation practice that I bring back to my students and our courts.  Additionally, I have the good fortune of collaborating with expert practitioners, policy makers, and judges in teaching these programs. For this particular program, my colleagues included a District Court Judge for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Tribal Court, a Title IX Coordinator from a Big Ten School, and attorneys from Legal Services and non-profit agencies in Washington, DC, Berkeley, CA, and New York City.  They are all inspiring in their commitment to best practices for our clients. 

Domestic Violence Clinic

Domestic Violence Clinic


Posted by Beth S. Posner on Wed. December 9, 2015 3:04 PM
Categories: Domestic Violence Clinic, Service
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