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Legal Chat with FVAP: What are the legal needs of your organization

Capacity building event

Dates: Apr. 7th, June 2nd, Aug. 4th, Oct. 6th, Dec. 1st

Time: 11:00 AM – 60 Minutes

Price: Free – Members Only (including all member organization staff)

Organizations have legal needs separate from the legal issues facing survivors and the ways advocates can support them or may themselves be asked to be involved in a survivor’s case. While FVAP is not able to provide expertise in areas such as non-profit organization law, human resources law, etc, we want to connect you with resources, have a space where organizations can share strategies, and see what the gaps are in the support. Directors, human resource administrators and program managers and other agency staff are welcome to attend and share their questions and ideas. The conversation will not be recorded to allow for more open conversations.


Arati Vasan
Arati Vasan is a Senior Managing Attorney at Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP), where she manages the training, technical assistance and law student programs, and represents clients on appeal. Arati provided full scope trial court representation for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in the Bay Area for nine years prior to joining FVAP including working for API Legal Outreach and as a pro bono volunteer for Bay Area Legal Aid. Her work has focused on trauma-specific client representation, cultural responsiveness and language access and justice for survivors. Arati also co-chaired the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium for three years. She has been a national faculty trainer for the Vera Institute on Justice and a consultant for Casa de Esperanza. She received her Domestic Violence Counselor certification through Asian Women’s Shelter in 2009. Arati has been a volunteer with Narika, a domestic violence agency for South Asian survivors since 2008.

Carolyn Walker
Carolyn has practiced law in several roles in the domestic violence field over the course of her career. Carolyn’s experience includes seven years as a Deputy District Attorney for the Counties of Shasta and Tehama. As a prosecutor, Carolyn handled cases, calendars, and tried many jury trials to verdict. She specialized in cases involving juveniles, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child sexual assault crimes. Carolyn has also worked as the Legal Program Manager at Empower Tehama in the Far North of California, assisting survivors of domestic violence obtain benefits, justice and hope. At FVAP, Carolyn’s role is the Rural Housing Outreach Attorney in the Housing and Employment Justice Program. She assists with extending FVAP’s outreach to rural communities in California with housing trainings, information, and assistance. Ms. Walker completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, California and her Juris Doctor at the University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. She is a Member of the California State Bar Association, Tehama County Bar Association and an experienced domestic violence advocate.


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