Thursday, December 18, 2008
This is where you come in. I am putting together a list of attorneys interested in participating in this project. This would mean that in the upcoming year (2009) you will volunteer to assist with 2 victims of DV to help them obtain a restraining order (this will be throughout the year, not all at once). Cases usually take a few hours of your time and you will choose the county/ies that you are willing to go to. I will be providing the DV training on how to handle the cases. This will be a good opportunity to help protect an abused woman and her children.
If you are interested, all I need for now is your contact info (name, county, area of practice, phone #). Then, I plan to coordinate a training session in March, for which I will then contact you. If at this time you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at the NC Coalition Against DV, 1-888-232-9124.
In this time of year, where we tend to share the best of ourselves and refocus on what we want for the new year, let's think about how this project could help us reach our goals of giving back.
Happy Holidays to all!
Brenda Rivera-Sanchez, J.D.
Legal Project Coordinator
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Brenda Rivera-Sanchez, J.D.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Ms. Rivera-Sanchez graduated from the North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is fluent in Spanish and has experience in developing and implementing outreach programs and trainings. She has worked on immigration and misdemeanor cases, and we feel she has a strong compassion and understanding for victims of domestic violence. We are very excited to welcome her on board and we look forward to her beginning with us in early September.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
The Legal Empowerment & Advocacy Project is a new project to be conducted in partnership by the North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) and WomensLaw.org, which will provide victims of domestic violence throughout North Carolina with better legal information, trained representation, and support. The Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Project will build on a successful six year collaborative relationship between the two organizations and will respond to the high demand for services from WomensLaw.org and NCCADV.
Project Activities & Goals
The primary activity of The Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Project is to establish a Staff Attorney, who will be employed by WomensLaw.org and will work in the NCCADV office. Specific goals are: 1) to create and maintain accessible legal materials for victims; 2) to provide comprehensive technical assistance to domestic violence advocates and lawyers in the state; and 3) to conduct trainings for lawyers and advocates around the state to increase their capacity to assist victims of domestic violence; and 4) to initiate and coordinate a pro bono attorney project with the goal of obtaining attorneys to volunteer to take 1 to 2 cases per year to represent victims of domestic violence. These goals will be carried out primarily by the new Staff Attorney who will:
- Manage the NC content on WomensLaw.org, keeping the current information up to date and adding new information based on priorities determined in collaboration with the Public Policy Director and Executive Director at NCCADV.
- Answer emails sent into the WomensLaw.org Email Legal Hotline from victims, friends and family members, and advocates in NC.
- Conduct legal trainings for local domestic violence organizations throughout NC, giving first priority to organizations in rural areas, member programs of NCCADV, and Legal Aid of North Carolina.
- Assist the NCCADV Public Policy Director to answer technical assistance calls regarding legal questions that come in from local advocates and allied professionals throughout NC.
- Support the research needs of the Public Policy team at NCCADV by compiling legal statutes and case law from NC and surrounding states.
Altria Group $ 6,750
NC Governor’s Crime Commission $ 800
IOLTA Seed Funding $ 29,000
Matching Grant* $ 25,000
Smith Moore LLP $ 1,500
Cooley Family Foundation$ 5,000
Individual Donations $ 9,325
Sunshine Lady Foundation $ 11,500
Total Funding to be raised $ 15,977
Total Budget $ 104,852
The total one year budget for the Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Project is $104,852. The project has received seed funding from the NC State Bar IOLTA program in the amount of $29,000 with the opportunity of an addition $25,000 in matching funds. The law firm of Smith Moore has generously contributed $1,500 towards the project, and $7,000 has been raised in other donations, primarily as part of a fundraiser held in Charlotte on June 3rd. The Cooley Family Foundation has given $5,000 towards the project.
GOAL: An additional $15,977 needs to be raised to complete the budget for this year.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Thank you to everyone who attended or hosted the event to make it a success!
To continue to give your support to the NC Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Project you can donate online through Network for Good. Or you can donate by mail by sending a check to WomensLaw.org at 55 Washington St., Suite 614 Brooklyn, NY 11201. Please include "NC Project" in the memo line of your donation.
WomensLaw.org is a national non-profit which provides free and easy access to legal information for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through: 1) a national comprehensive website of plain language, state-specific legal information; and 2) an Email Legal Hotline for personalized and ongoing help for victims and their advocates. Each month, more than 100,000 different individuals visit the WomensLaw.org website and the Email Legal Hotline responds to more than 500 emails.