Protecting Privacy to Enhance Safety: Subpoena Defense Pro Bono Training

When:
June 19, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Where:
Webinar
Contact:
ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual ViolenceEvent website
This webinar and supporting materials will prepare attorneys to effectively defend non-profits serving victims of domestic and sexual violence against subpoenas that violate law and public policy.

Topics will include:

  • The issues and laws that are particular to the field of victim advocacy and confidentiality
  • The framework for developing responses to subpoenas for confidential victim service provider records and informations

This webinar is complimentary to non-profit attorneys and those who volunteer for the Protecting Privacy to Enhance Safety Pro Bono Project. Click here to learn more and sign up to volunteer.

  • List Price: Free

The Issue:
Subpoenas

  • Victims of sexual and domestic violence turn to community-based advocates for help
  • Federal law and most states protect the confidentiality of victim/advocate communications
  • Nevertheless, advocates get subpoenaed routinely in a wide variety of court matters
  • Under-resourced non-profit advocates need & cannot afford a lawyer to quash subpoenas

The Solution:
Trained Pro Bono Lawyers

The American Bar Association and the Confidentiality Institute have partnered to develop the Protecting Privacy to Enhance Safety Pro Bono Project, which will:

  • Deliver in-person and webinar-based training on advocacy & confidentiality
  • Provide a nationwide pro bono manual on protecting privilege & quashing subpoenas
  • Manage a listserv of participating attorneys to facilitate peer support for best practices
  • Offer individualized technical assistance from the Confidentiality Institute
  • Post legal updates and emerging trends to the project website

The Project:
Pairing Up Attorneys & Advocates

  • Advocacy programs request help from the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
  • ABA will intake & screen advocates requesting assistance with subpoenas
  • ABA will contact trained attorneys practicing in the advocate’s jurisdiction
  • Attorneys accepting cases will have support from ABA, Confidentiality Institute, and listser

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