Training and Event Calendar

This event calendar is provided as a service to our members and the public. An event may be cancelled at any time. Please confirm the event with the sponsor prior to making travel plans. To submit an event, please contact us.

October 2013 – June 2014

Unmasking Domestic Violence Soiree and Fundraising Event @ Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For more information and to register:

Children Exposed to Violence: When Domestic Violence Meets Child Abuse @ DCFS Regional Office
Jan 21 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Protecting Privacy to Enhance Safety: Subpoena Defense Pro Bono Training @ Webinar
Jun 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
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:

  • 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