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Recent California Family Law Appellate Cases Involving Domestic Violence

Policy event

Date: Jan 19, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Price: Free for members and their staff; $35/Non-members

This training will cover recent California family law cases directly affecting survivors of domestic violence and their children. The goal of the training is to equip attorneys and others working with survivors of domestic violence and their children with the latest tools and information to ensure the best outcome possible for their clients in family courts. The Family Violence Appellate Project will provide 2 general MCLE credits for this training.


Nancy Lemon

Nancy K. D. Lemon has been a leading authority on domestic violence law for over three decades. A practicing attorney, she has also provided expert testimony in many types of cases. She worked to craft many pieces of California legislation affecting survivors of domestic violence and their children. Since 1988, Professor Lemon has taught Domestic Violence Law and the Domestic Violence Field Placement at UC Berkeley’s School of Law. She authored the first textbook on Domestic Violence Law in 1996, now in its 5th edition. In 2012, she co-founded the Family Violence Appellate Project, where she is the Legal Director.

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. She has been attorney for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking since 2009. Prior to joining FVAP Arati led the Domestic Violence Family Law Project at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO). Her work focused on trauma-specific client representation, cultural responsiveness and language access services for survivors. Arati co-chaired the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium for three years. As a member of the SFPD Language Access Working Group, Arati helped develop protocols and training to improve law enforcement interactions with survivors and to improve protections for survivors who were cross-reported to CPS. Arati is a volunteer with Narika, a domestic violence agency for South Asian survivors. She received her Domestic Violence Counselor certification through Asian Women’s Shelter in 2009. Prior to APILO, Arati had her own family law practice and volunteered at Bay Area Legal Aid. Arati is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law.




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