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National Sexual Violence Law Conference

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is delighted to announce a two-day legal conference in New Orleans! This conference will bring together lawyers from around the country to use the civil legal justice system to better respond to the needs of sexual assault survivors. Lawyers interested in strengthening their legal expertise in practice areas key to serving sexual assault survivors such as privacy, safety, housing, immigration, education, employment, and emerging issues alongside a nationwide network of lawyers are encouraged to attend.

When: March 27 - 28, 2019

Where: Bourbon Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA

Who: Attorneys/legal professionals from legal aid, coalitions, nonprofits, and private practice. Please see below for information on Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantee registration.

Cost: $399.00 per person
NOTE: Space is limitedAttendance is limited to 115 participants. The 2019 Conference is now sold out, but please contact us to be added to the waitlist or the mailing list for future conferences.





The 2019 National Sexual Violence Law Conference has Sold Out! Please e-mail us to be added to the waitlist.

Please note: Your registration will not be considered complete until your payment and pre-conference survey have been received, at which time the VRLC will send you an e-mail confirmation. The survey will be sent to you as soon as your payment is processed. We suggest that you NOT make travel arrangements until you receive this confirmation. Please note that registering and submitting payment does NOT guarantee your participation.

OVW grantees approved to attend!

For OVW grantees:

The OVW reference number for this conference is OVW-2019-MU-002.

This approval for LAV and STOP grantees and assigned reference number for other programs listed is for this conference only.

STOP grantees may attend this conference and do not need to submit a GAN and do not have to contact their program manager for prior approval. STOP subgrantees need approval from their STOP State Administrator. These grantees should be advised to place a "memo to the file" in their grant records indicating the conference approval reference number.

The following OVW programs listed below have conditionally approved their grantees to attend this conference. These programs are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued. A GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference. The OVW reference number OVW-2019-MU-002 must be included in the GAN when requesting approval. This assigned reference number is for this conference only.

  • LAV
  • Justice for Families
  • Rural and State Coalitions

Refund & Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received by February 22, 2019. No refunds will be given after this date. Cancellation and refund requests must be given in writing and must be e-mailed to the VRLC. An administrative fee of $200 applies to all cancellations made at any time (including prior to February 22, 2019). Refunds will be processed within 30 days following your request.


The Victim Rights Law Center is hosting a conference for attorneys who are assisting sexual assault survivors with their civil legal needs across the country. This conference is two days and will consist of two workshop tracks: one for practitioners new to working with sexual assault survivors and one for more advanced practitioners.

2019 National Sexual Violence Law Conference Agenda

Subject to Change
Please note: participants may switch between tracks to attend either workshop offered at a given time.


8:00 am - 9:00 amRegistration and Breakfast (provided)

9:00 am - 10:00 am Welcome and Introduction (Orleans Ballroom)

10:00 am - 10:20 am Break 

10:20 am - 11:40 am WORKSHOPS
Track 1: Starting the Survivor-Client and Attorney Relationship Off Right (St. Mary Salon)
Presenters Lindy Aldrich, Esq. and Stephanie Holt, Esq., Victim Rights Law Center

Track 2: Intersectional Lawyering I: Survivor-Led Lawyering to Resist Rape Culture (Orleans Ballroom)
Presenters Ryan Newby, Esq. and Hema Sarang-Sieminski, Esq., Victim Rights Law Center

11:40 am - 1:00 pm LUNCH (on your own) 

1:00 pm - 2:20 pm WORKSHOPS 
Track 1: Safety Planning with Adult Survivors of Non-Intimate Partner Sexual Assault (St. Mary Salon)
Presenters Lindy Aldrich, Esq. and Stephanie Holt, Esq., Victim Rights Law Center

Track 2: Intersectional Lawyering II: Case Strategy Practice Session (Orleans Ballroom)
Presenters Hema Sarang-Sieminski, Esq. and Kelsey Worline, Esq., Victim Rights Law Center

2:20 pm - 2:40 pm Break 

2:40 pm - 4:00 pm WORKSHOPS 
Track 1: Protecting Sexual Assault Survivors’ Confidentiality: Practical Considerations (St. Mary Salon)
Presenters Jessie Mindlin, Esq. and Carol Schrader, Esq., Victim Rights Law Center

Track 2: Can Restorative Justice Offer More Options to Survivors of Sexual Harm? (Orleans Ballroom)
Presenter nuri nusrat, the Ahimsa Collective

4:00 pm - 4:20 pm Break 

4:20 pm - 5:30 pm FACILITATED DISCUSSIONS (St. Joseph Salon and St. Mary Salon)
Regional- and Topic-Specific Groups 
Participants will be able to switch between tables

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Welcome Reception (Pool deck; rain location is the Orleans Ballroom Foyer)



7:00 am - 8:00 am Yoga (optional, Pool Deck, rain location is St. Joseph Salon)
Catherine DiPietro, certified yoga instructor
Limited number of yoga mats available! Please bring appropriate clothing if you'd like to participate.

8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast (provided) 

9:00 am - 10:20 am WORKSHOPS
Track 1: Lawyering Across Disciplines: Rights and Remedies for Immigrant Survivors at the Intersections of Housing and Employment (St. Mary Salon)
Presenters Stephanie Holt, Esq., Hema Sarang-Sieminski, Esq., and Kelsey Worline, Esq., Victim Rights Law Center

Track 2: Navigating the Minefield: Providing Trauma-Informed Representation Within Department of Education's Proposed Regulations (Orleans Ballroom)
Presenter Lindy Aldrich, Esq., Victim Rights Law Center

10:20 am - 10:40 am Break 

10:40 am - 12:00 pm WORKSHOPS 
Track 1: Shifting the Paradigm: Incorporating and Expanding Sexual Assault Services in Your Domestic Violence Program (St. Mary Salon)
Presenters Jessie Mindlin, Esq. and Kelsey Worline, Esq., Victim Rights Law Center

Track 2: Another Cost of Speaking out: Defending Victims from Defamation Claims (Orleans Ballroom)
Presenter Krista Green Pratt, Esq., Biogen

12:00 pm - 1:20 pm LUNCH (on your own) 

1:20 pm - 2:40 pm WORKSHOPS 
Track 1: Cultural Humility When Working with LGBTQQI+ Survivors of Sexual Assault (St. Mary Salon)
Presenters Ryan Newby, Esq. and Hema Sarang-Sieminski, Esq., Victim Rights Law Center

Track 2: Beyond Bars as Barriers: Providing Confidential Legal Services to Incarcerated and Detained Sexual Assault Survivors (Orleans Ballroom)
Presenter Carol Schrader, Esq., Victim Rights Law Center

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm Break 

3:00 pm - 4:20 pm PLENARY (Orleans Ballroom)
Identifying Emerging Civil Legal Issues for Sexual Violence Cases

4:20 pm - 4:30 pm Closing Remarks (Orleans Ballroom)


Bourbon Orleans Hotel

717 Orleans Street
New Orleans, LA 70116

Once you have received your confirmation e-mail, you must make your own hotel reservations at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel by February 22, 2019 (click here to book). You must identify yourself as part of the Victim Rights Law Center's Conference to secure the per diem room rate. Please do not make travel or accommodation arrangements until the VRLC has confirmed your attendance via e-mail.

Photo of the Bourbon Orleans Hotel    


Wondering how your company can get involved?

In an era of #MeToo and Time’s Up, a sponsorship of the VRLC's National Sexual Violence Law Conference would ensure attorneys nationwide are equipped to provide sexual assault survivors with the best possible legal representation to help survivors stay safely in their homes, jobs, and schools. Last year’s popular conference – the only of its kind – brought together attorneys from across the country to learn how to identify and use civil legal remedies to respond to the needs of sexual assault survivors. Attendees learned to integrate sexual assault legal services into their organizations, build advocacy skills, and create a community of attorneys to provide survivor-centered services with a trauma-informed approach and an empowerment foundation. Workshops offered included addressing defamation claims to understanding incapacitation to utilizing electronic evidence; encompassing the most comprehensive, current information available.

The VRLC is the first non-profit law center in the country dedicated to using civil legal services to help survivors of sexual violence stabilize their lives in the critical areas of education, employment, housing, privacy, safety, immigration, and financial stability. Our attorneys provide free, comprehensive legal services for survivors of sexual violence to help them rebuild their lives, and promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. Our attorneys are nationally recognized experts in the legal remedies available to address the legal issues many sexual assault survivors face. This conference is the annual opportunity for attorneys to come together for two days and experience a robust curriculum created by our expert team, and an excellent opportunity to highlight your products and resources to legal professionals around the country.

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*Please Note: All Sponsorships Subject to VRLC Approval