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UCI Interdisciplinary Center on Family Violence
Guest Lecture by Joan Meier

“Family Violence Survivors in Family Court:
An Uphill Battle”

Friday, March 13, 3:00–4:30 p.m.

UC Irvine School of Law, EDU 1111 (map)

Reception to follow.

Image of Joan MeierJoan Meier, Professor of Clinical Law at The George Washington University School of Law, will discuss child abuse, intimate partner violence and the courts.

Professor Meier is a nationally recognized expert on child abuse, domestic violence and the law and appellate litigation. In her more than 20 years at GW, she has founded three interdisciplinary domestic violence clinical programs, two of which provided legal representation, advocacy, and counseling to victims of family violence and have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice as leading national models. In addition to her years of litigation and teaching, Professor Meier has co-written several significant pieces of federal and state legislation. She has published widely, and her scholarship focuses on custody and abuse litigation, in particular the misuse of psychological science in custody litigation. Professor Meier has received numerous awards for her work, including the Inaugural Sharon Corbitt Award from the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence.

In 2003 Professor Meier founded the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP), which provides pro bono appellate representation in compelling family violence cases, including Supreme Court cases, and trains attorneys, courts, and other professionals around the country. DV LEAP spearheaded the domestic violence amicus briefs in several Supreme Court cases, including Giles v. California (2008), and Hammon v. Indiana (2006), both concerning constitutional constraints on criminal prosecutions of domestic violence.

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