This will be the 11th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, marking the start of the second decade of dedicated rights enforcement in this country. This conference continues to be the only national conference in the country focusing on rights enforcement in criminal cases, which is a critical but often overlooked component of holistic victim services. The Conference provides participants with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to provide effective legal services to victims of crime.
The 11th Annual Crime Victim Law Conference, Enhancing Justice: Empowerment Through Victims’ Rights, will have an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together experts from a variety of backgrounds including attorneys, advocates, professors, and mental health professionals. Presentations will focus on providing practitioners the tools to ensure that services to victims are holistic, victim-centric, and empowering. Presenters will include David Lisak, renowned clinical psychologist and published author of cutting edge research on the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence, and Paul Cassell, Professor of Law in the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah and victims’ rights legal expert.
Law students are once again invited to submit a completed paper or an abstract addressing victims’ rights to be presented on a law student panel at the Conference. Current law students or recent graduates (within the last 18 months) are invited to apply.
Child-victims of crime face unique challenges. From the myriad of legal systems that may be involved, to the developmental differences in children, protecting a child-victim's rights presents unique hurdles for advocates.
As part of NCVLI's commitment to furthering the rights of child-victims of crime, the Safeguarding Child-Victims' Rights Initiative has spent the past year working with an eleven-member multidisciplinary curriculum committee to develop an intensive two-day, skills-based training on how to provide effective rights enforcement representation to child-victims of crime. The pilot launch of the training will take place at Lewis & Clark Law School on February 24th and 25th. Two additional trainings will be offered in locations across the country in the Spring and Summer of 2012.
Columbia County’s very first “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event, which takes place in many cityies across the country each year, will give residents a chance to raise awareness about sexual assault and gender violence by donning pairs of high heels and strutting for one mile from the IGA market to Columbia View Park in St. Helens. There will be music, prizes and a presentation. The walk begins at noon on April 16. A $13 registration fee includes a T-shirt.
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