Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 National Sexual Violence Law Conference

Event Date: 
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (All day)
Event Location: 
Charleston, South Carolina

The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is delighted to announce a two-day legal conference in Charleston, South Carolina! This conference will bring together attorneys 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, and employment, alongside a national network of lawyers are encouraged to attend.

When: January 31 – February 1, 2018

Where: Francis Marion Hotel, Downtown Charleston, SC

Who: Lawyers/legal professionals both new to working with sexual assault survivors as well as experienced lawyers from legal aid, coalitions, community nonprofits, and private practice. 

Cost: $399.00 per person
Please note: There are no scholarships or reduced fees available.
NOTE: SOLD OUT! Please e-mail us to be added to a limited waitlist.

For more information, please contact us.


For OVW Grantees



Please e-mail us to be added to a waitlist.

Refunds & Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received by December 29, 2017. No refunds will be given after this date. Cancellation and refund requests must be given in writing and must be emailed to the VRLC. Prior to December 29, 2017, an administrative fee of $200 applies to all cancellations made at any time to cover printing costs, food, and administrative costs. Refunds will be processed within 30 days following your request.
Please Note: Due to registration format we will be sending individual confirmation of participation. 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.



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.

Topics will include, but are not limited to:

  • conducting a holistic, comprehensive legal intake
  • conducting safety planning with sexual assault survivors
  • determining other ways to navigate survivors’ safety needs
  • carefully considering survivors’ privacy and potential privacy implications
  • working with population specific survivors, including LGBTQ survivors and minors
  • assisting with online and technology, education, immigration, employment, and housing needs

Draft Schedule
*Subject to Change*

Day One: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

7:00 am - 8:00 am               Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:30 am               Welcome and Plenary
9:45 am - 11:00 am            Workshops
11:15 am - 12:30 pm          Workshops
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm            Lunch
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm              Workshops
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm              Workshops
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm              Reception

Day Two: Thursday, February 1, 2018

7:00 am - 8:00 am               Breakfast
8:00 am - 9:15 am               Workshops
9:30 am - 10:45 am            Workshops
11:00 am - 12:15 pm          Workshops
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm            Lunch
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm              Workshops
2:45 pm - 4:00 pm              Workshops
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm              Closing Remarks


Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Attendees must make their own reservations by calling the Francis Marion directly at (843) 722-0600 or (877) 756-2121 by Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
Attendees must identify themselves as part of the Victim Rights Law Center Conference to secure a discounted room rate of $119 per night. 



Lindy Aldrich, Esq.
Deputy Director of the Victim Rights Law Center
VRLC Deputy Director Lindy Aldrich, Esq. trains around the country on a number of topics, including Title IX and Campus Sexual Assault Policies and Response. Lindy keeps VRLC at the forefront of this national discussion through consultations and trainings with state and national agencies, universities, and other legal service providers. She has been a Resource Team member and trainer for the OVW Campus Program Training and Technical Assistance Institute since 2010, as well as a presenter for the Project STOP NOW! conference for campus administrators from historically black colleges and universities. Lindy collaborates with the Clery Center for Security on Campus on webinars and conferences as a Title IX expert. In February 2014, Lindy was invited by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to lend her expertise on Title IX and victim confidentiality, and she continues to consult with the Task Force on these issues. In June 2014, Lindy participated in U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill's Roundtable on Title IX. Lindy is also an Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center trainer and, in partnership with OVC, has delivered webinars and live chats on sexual violence and education.


Jessica Mindlin, Esq.
National Director of Training and Technical Assistance
Jessica Mindlin, Esq., is the Victim Rights Law Center’s National Director of Training and Technical Assistance. She directs the VRLC’s national Technical Assistance projects and manages VRLC’s Portland, Oregon, office which provides legal services sexual assault survivors in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. Jessica has trained thousands of advocates, lawyers, health care providers, law enforcement officers, U.S. Military personnel, and other victim service providers across the United States, as well as in the Middle East and Latin America, on how to effectively identify and use the law to meet sexual assault survivors’ most urgent needs. Her expertise on privacy issues for survivors has been recognized by the Office on Violence Against Women and the Office for Victims of Crime. Jessica also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at both Lewis and Clark and Louisiana State University law schools. Before joining the VRLC, Jessica served as the Senior Staff Attorney and clinical instructor for NCVLI and Lewis and Clark Law School, as a statewide support attorney for the Oregon Law Center and Legal Aid Services of Oregon, as coordinator for the Oregon Supreme Court-Oregon State Bar Task Force on Gender Fairness, and as Legal Access Project Director for the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (OCADSV). Prior to law school, Jessica worked as a rape victim advocate, a counselor, a legal advocate for battered women, a counselor for runaway youth, and a waitress. Jessica has been honored by the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce as a Leader in the Law, was the 2013 recipient of Transition Project’s Women’s Leadership Award, and OCADSV’s Midori Hamilton Award. Jessica serves on the editorial board of the Sexual Assault Report and on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force. She was a founding member of CounterQuo, a national campaign to change the status quo on how we examine and respond to sexual assault. Jessica has been active in the movement to end gender-based violence since the 1970s.

For OVW Grantees


The OVW reference number for this conference is OVW-2018-MU-008. This approval for LAV and STOP grantees and assigned reference number for other programs listed is for this this conference only.

LAV and 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. Grantees who are not required to get prior approval to attend this conference 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. 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 OVW reference number OVW-2018-MU-008 must be included in the GAN when requesting approval. This assigned reference number is for this conference only.

  • Later in Life
  • Justice for Families
  • ICJR (FORMERLY Arrest)
  • Consolidated Youth (grantees with Comprehensive Projects that provide civil legal assistance to victims may send local attorneys)