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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 San Antonio, Texas! 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 17 - 18, 2020

Where: The Menger Hotel, San Antonio, TX

Who: Attorneys/legal professionals from legal aid, coalitions, nonprofits, and private practice. Information on Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grantee registration is listed below.

Cost: $425.00 per person
NOTE: Space is limitedAttendance is limited to 135 participants. Please register soon to secure your spot.

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Registration

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OVW Grantees Approved to Attend!
Grantees from Justice for Families, LAV, Rural and State Coalition programs have conditionally approved their grantees to attend this conference. Grantees 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 reference number for this conference is OVW-2020-MU-007. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their “memo to the file”. This approval and assigned reference number is for this conference only.

Please Note: We encourage you to pay via credit card using the button above, as space is limited. Registration fees paid by check will not be considered complete until your check has been received. 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. 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.

Refund & Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received by February 23, 2020. 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 23, 2020). Refunds will be processed within 30 days following your request.

Agenda

Please note: Agenda is subject to change.

The National Sexual Violence Law Conference will feature 3 tracks: Track One will consist of workshops on Emerging Issues; Track Two Skill-Based Workshops; and Track Three of sessions on Fundamentals. Please note that participants are not limited to one track, and are welcome to switch between tracks at any time.

Day One: March 17, 2020

     Time

  Track

     Presentation

     8:00 – 9:00 am

     Registration

     9:00 – 10:30 am

All

     Opening: A Conversation with Sharyn Tejani, Director of the TIME’S UP
     Legal Defense Fund

     10:30 – 10:50 am

     Break

     Session 1:
     10:50 am – 12:15 pm

1

     Shifting the Paradigm: Serving Survivors of Non-Intimate Partner
     Sexual Assault

2

     Conducting an Advocate Review of Police Sex Crime Files

3

     Empowering Survivors Through Legal Representation

     12:15 – 1:30 pm

     Lunch (on own)

     Session 2:
     1:30 – 2:50 pm

1

     Expanding Your Program to Serve Sexual Assault Survivors Who Are Minors

2

     Civil Legal Services of Survivors of Sexual Assault in Custodial Settings

3

     Safety Planning with Adult Survivors of Non-Intimate Partner Sexual Assault

     2:50 – 3:10 pm

     Break

     Session 3:
     3:10 – 4:30 pm

1

     Duties to Warn and Protect: Beyond Tarasoff

2

     Defamation 2.0: In the Wake of #MeToo, Advising Clients on the
     Double-Edged Sword of Defamation Claims

3

     Protecting Survivors' Confidentiality: Practical Considerations

     Session 4:
     4:30 – 5:30 pm

All

     Vicarious Trauma: Turning Awareness Into Resiliency

Day Two: March 18, 2020

     Time

   Track

     Presentation

     Session 1:
     9:00 am – 10:20 am

 

1

     A Difficult Conversation: What Survivor-Centered Lawyers Need to Know
     about Persons Who Cause Sexual Harm

2

     Understanding Effective Prevention To Better Assess Institutional Efforts
     and Craft Settlement Agreements

3

     Accessible Practices: Representing Survivors with Intellectual and
     Developmental Disabilities

     10:20 – 10:40 am

     Break

     Session 2:
     10:40 am – 12:00 pm

1

     Navigating Consumer Protections for Sexual Violence Survivors

2

     Research Report: Summary of Findings from Interviews with Civil Legal
     Services Providers

3

     Supporting Student Survivors' Education Needs

     12:00 – 1:20 pm

     Lunch (on own)

     Session 3:
     1:20 – 2:40 pm

All

     Centering Racial Equity and Social Justice in Our Legal Practices:
     Strategies for Organizational Transformation

     2:40 – 3:00 pm

     Break

     Session 4:
     3:00 – 4:20 pm

1

     Safety Planning with Immigrant Survivors

2

     Emergent Education Issues within Campus Resolution Processes

3

     Successfully Serving Survivors: Sharing Our Knowledge

     4:20 – 5:00 pm

     Closing

Hotel

The Menger Hotel

204 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Click here to book!

You may also go to the Menger Hotel website, enter the Group Code 031620NSVL, and enter the travel dates to check availability.
Please Note: You must identify yourself as part of the National Sexual Violence Law 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.