25 Affiliate 1 (1999-2000)

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Nevada's First 100: Honoring Empowered

Women to Assist Those Disempowered
by Domestic Violence
By Christine  Lebel

T he date was July 22, 1893. On
that day, just a little over 100
years ago, Laura Tilden became
the first woman admitted to the
State Bar of Nevada. The
composition of the bar has
changed immensely over the
intervening century, until
now, as we face the new mil-
lennium, women constitute
almost 50 percent of law
school attendees.
Tilden and the women who
ChristineY. Lebel is an  immediately followed her as
associate editor of The  full-fledged members of the
Affiliate and practices
law with Zevnik Horton  State Bar of Nevada, represent-
et al. in Los Angeles,  ing classes from 1893 through
California.         1979, will be honored at a
fundraiser scheduled for this
year's fall AOP meeting in Las
Vegas. Honorees include Nevada At-
torney General Frankie Sue del Papa
Words to Live By
Nevada's First 100
Share Their Thoughts:
You make a living by what you get, you make a life by wh
Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue
(Quoting Winst
Wise women learn more from fools than fools learn fror
Assistant U.S. Attorney Shiri
Too busy to have words to live by. I have two teenagers
to the full time practice of law. Trying to balance these
ments has been my biggest challenge.
Susan Williar

(class of 1974) and Nevada's first female Supreme Court
justice, Miriam Shearing (class of 1969). The oldest living
honoree will be Sallie R. Springmeyer, who became a mem-
ber of the bar in 1936. A comprehensive program, includ-
ing photographs, will detail the lives and careers of each of
the honorees for whom a biography can be constructed.
This gala charity event will benefit SafeNest, Nevada's
largest domestic crisis center and one of its top ten non-
profit charitable organizations, according to the Las Ve-
gas Business Press. SafeNest operates Las Vegas' only
twenty-four hour shelter specifically for domestic vio-
lence victims and their children. In addition to the
emergency shelter, other services provided by SafeNest
include marriage and family counseling, employment
counseling, drug/alcohol abuse counseling, protection
order advocacy at family court, a twenty-four hour crisis
hotline, and public outreach and education, such as par-
enting training and dating violence prevention pro-
grams. The agency was established in 1977 and has since
served over 100,000 men, women, and children with the
hope of helping them achieve a violence-free life.
SafeNest requires approximately an additional
$200,000 to expand its Las Vegas fa-
cilities to serve the diverse needs of
domestic violence victims and pro-
vide them with the tools of their own
empowerment. The new millenni-
um, after all, should be full of the
same promise for victims of domes-
tic violence that it holds for women
in the legal profession because of the
hat you give.    efforts of those who went before
?del Papa, '74    them.
ton Churchill)      The event, including cocktails,
banquet, keynote address, and silent
m the wise.      auction, is scheduled to take place
ley Smith, '74   beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the
evening of Thursday, October 21 at
in addition      Chinois Restaurant in Caesar's
two commit-       Palace. Wolfgang Puck himself is
scheduled to attend. Other sponsors
ms Scann, '77     include a diverse coalition: the ABA
Commission on Domestic Violence,
the ABA Commission on Women, the

Justice for Victims of Domestic
Violence Civil Law Institute
The ABA Young Lawyers Division and the ABA
Commission on Domestic Violence plan to host
a comprehensive two-day domestic violence civil
law seminar in Washington, D.C., on May 11
and 12, 2000. Featuring dynamic trainers who
are experts on domestic violence and civil law,
the seminar will provide a wonderful and
unique opportunity for attorneys in civil prac-
tice to obtain practical information about the
representation of victims of domestic violence
within the civil law arena.
The seminar is designed to sensitize all civil
law attorneys to the prevalence of domestic vio-
lence and to its impact on the attorney's prac-
tice. The first day's programming will provide a
primer on avenues of obtaining meaningful civil
redress for victims of domestic violence and will
focus on expanding civil legal assistance for vic-
tims of domestic violence. The program's sec-
ond day will provide more advanced training on
practice issues. Approximately seven hours of
continuing legal education credit will be provid-
ed on the first day and approximately six hours
on the second day.
Watch future issues of The Affiliate for more
information on this important ABA Civil Law
Institute.
Clark County Bar Association, and the Southern Nevada
Association of Women Attorneys.
Donations are being sought from local bar associa-
tions, law firms, and other interested persons and orga-
nizations. Interested donors and others may direct
inquiries about the project to Stacie Brown at 702/733-
7195. Donations may be made payable to the Fund for
Justice and Education, ABAIYLD, 750 North Lake Shore
Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60611. Please include a notation
that your donation is specifically for the SafeNest pro-
ject so that the ABA can track its fundraising goal and
ensure the funds are directed appropriately. El

ThankYou, YLD!
Highlighting Award-Winning
Programs of YLD Affiliates
By A. Matt Pesnell

Virginia Domestic Violence Project
n 1998, when the ABA launched its awareness cam-
paign, Domestic Violence: It's Everybody's Business,
the Virginia Young Lawyers took up the cause. The Vir-
ginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, in con-
junction with the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers
Council (hereinafter collectively
referred to as the Virginia Young
Lawyers), developed the Virginia
Domestic Violence Project. This
ground-breaking program was
established with two primary
goals in mind: to educate vic-
tims and survivors of domestic
violence about how to physically
A. Matt Pesnell is an  and legally protect themselves
assistant editor of The  from further abuse, and to train
Affiliate and practices
law with Phelps Dunbar, lawyers to provide free assis-
L.L.P., in Jackson,  tance to these victims.
Mississippi.           To accomplish these goals,
the Virginia Young Lawyers cre-

ated a diverse coalition of bar associations, public interest
groups, businesses, law enforcement agencies, and reli-
gious organizations. Led by the Virginia Young Lawyers,
this coalition transformed the ABAs domestic violence
awareness initiative into a concrete plan of action. They
carried out their plan masterfully. So much so, that in de-
veloping and implementing the Virginia Domestic Vio-
lence Safety Project, the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers
Conference received a second place Award of Achievement
from the American Bar Association.
How They Did It
The Virginia Domestic Violence Safety Project has three
main components:
A Safety Brochure. The Virginia Young Lawyers tai-
lored an existing ABA brochure to include statistics and
information specific to Virginia. Various corporations
and public service organizations distributed the safety
brochures, which provided tips on how potential domes-
tic violence victims should respond in emergency situa-
tions and how victims can protect themselves at home

and in the workplace. The safety brochure also contained
domestic violence hotline information.
A LegalPamphlet. The Virginia Young Lawyers creat-
ed and distributed a legal pamphlet that contained infor-
mation about criminal and civil remedies available to
domestic violence victims; a how-to guide to obtaining a
protective order; and basic information on divorce, child
support, and child custody issues. The legal pamphlet
also provided numbers for domestic violence centers as
well as lawyer referral services. They secured funding for
printing both of the brochures through grants.
Attorney Education and TRaining. The Virginia Young
Lawyers also developed and implemented a training pro-
gram for lawyers across the state on how to provide free
legal services to victims of domestic violence and how to
recognize the signs of domestic abuse in their clients and
communities. The legal training was funded primarily
through the Virginia Bar Association Young Lawyers Di-
vision budget. Law firms and corporations were asked to
volunteer conference space, free of charge, to conduct
continued on page 2

Each year, medical expenses from domestic violence total at least $3
to $5 billion. Businesses forfeit another $100 million in lost wages,
sick leave, absenteeism, and non-productivity.
(Domestic Violence for Health Care Providers, 3rd Edition, Colorado Domestic Violence Coalition, 1991.)

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