Domestic Violence Law Practicum

In this course students work on real cases, either at faculty-supervised field placements or under the direct supervision of Nancy Lemon, DVP Director, while enrolled in a classroom component taught by Ms. Lemon.

Students may choose a placement at one of various legal agencies in the Bay Area. The work focuses on restraining orders, family law, welfare, immigration, employment issues, prosecution of batterers, or post-conviction issues of battered women in state prisons. Students also work with the instructor on policy matters, including writing amicus briefs.

At the placements, students interview clients; draft restraining orders, memoranda, and motions; represent clients at hearings; argue motions; and research policy issues. They may also attend meetings with attorneys, government officials, judges and legislators.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ON CALIFORNIA BAR EXAM

In July 2013, the California bar exam included writing a memo about admissibility of testimony by a domestic violence expert for the prosecution. The expert taught Domestic Violence Law at the state law school ("Columbia School of Law") and worked with the state domestic violence coalition (CPEDV). While her fictional name was Pamela Simone, bar-takers who had taken Nancy Lemon's classes recognized Professor Lemon immediately, and had the pleasure of laughing while they wrote, a rare occurrence. It is likely that this topic will appear on future bar examinations.

THE JIM FAHEY SAFE HOMES FOR WOMEN FELLOWSHIP FOR SPRING 2014

The Jim Fahey Safe Homes Fund for Women endowment was established in 2007 to provide scholarships for graduate students at UC Berkeley with demonstrated financial need and a strong aptitude in relevant subjects as well as a deep commitment to combating domestic violence against women. A student may receive this award more than once during his or her academic career. Awards were made in Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013 and Spring 2014 -- see the Photos link at the Domestic Violence Practicum page for details. Next deadline to apply is Feb. 15, 2015.

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