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Review for Family Violence Appellate Project, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

After 4+ years of operation, FVAP continues to be a significant force in moving the law forward for survivors of domestic violence and their children in California. It has won and/or obtained publication of many key appellate decisions. Judges are calling FVAP to ask what they should cover when they train other judges about domestic violence in family law cases. People in other states are asking how they can create similar projects, and FVAP has agreed to help them. FVAP co counsels with pro bono attorneys to leverage its small staff and thus has never turned away a case due to lack of resources. It's a great non profit.

Role:  Board Member

Review for Family Violence Appellate Project, Oakland, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I love this agency. Operating with a small staff, law student interns, and a statewide team of excellent pro bono attorneys who co counsel on briefs, it manages to make very efficient use of its budget, almost all of which goes to operating expenses.

And it's building a body of published family law appellate cases dealing with domestic violence. Before FVAP came into being only 3 years ago, there were very few such cases, and courts had little guidance on questions like "what is abuse if there are no broken bones and black eyes?"

FVAP is clearly meeting an unmet need, having screened over 400 cases so far. Last year alone FVAP was involved in 9 published CA cases and several unpublished ones, all of which move us closer to ending domestic violence and ensuring that children are safer in their families.

With a success rate of over 80%, almost unheard of in appellate work, this is really a non-profit that is making a huge difference in California.

Role:  Board Member

Review for California Partnership To End Domestic Violence, Sacramento, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I helped found the Partnership, as I served on the board of CAADV and worked on merging that group with SCCBW (these were 2 different DV coalitions, both in Ca.). I have been a member of the Public Policy and Research Committee of CAADV, now CPEDV, since 1983. I am happy with how CPEDV is operating, as it is a very vital organization, playing an essential role in helping to address and end domestic violence in our state. The annual conferences, the webinars, the conference calls, the amicus committee, the policy work, etc. are so important and the leadership is solid.

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