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UNH Law Co-Hosts Global Conference On Ending Domestic, Sexual Violence

UNH Law Co-Hosts Global Conference On Ending Domestic, Sexual Violence

More than one hundred scholars and advocates from around the globe will convene in Portsmouth, NH, on November 6-8 to discuss ending domestic and sexual violence, in a conference jointly sponsored by the University of New Hampshire School of Law, the University of New Hampshire and the NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

“Ending Domestic & Sexual Violence: Innovations in Practice & Research Conference” comes at a critical time – just a month after the landmark federal Violence Against Women Act expired. The legislation, which passed in 1994 and was reauthorized in 2000 and 2005, dramatically changed the legal landscape for victims who once suffered in silence.Erin Corcoran

The conference will feature noted legal scholars, child protection officials, court personnel, housing providers, mental health professionals, judges, faith-based organizations, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, probation officers, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, non-profit agencies, non-governmental victims advocates, and legal service providers, including law school clinics and researchers. It will provide basic and advanced training for practitioners and researchers on collaborative efforts to increase the quality of services provided to victims, improve the criminal justice system’s response to victims, and foster informed research on emerging issues.

“We have a great lineup of speakers and participants, whose passion and commitment to ending violence is inspiring,” said Professor Erin Corcoran, director of UNH Law’s Social Justice Institute and the event’s conference chair. “Their scholarship, practice and commitment to improving the lives of those who have suffered domestic and/or sexual abuse make this conference such an important event.”

Presenters include Susan B. Carbon, director of the Office on Violence Against Women at the US Department of Justice; Professor Jacqueline Campbell of Johns Hopkins University, a noted scholar and advocate in the area of domestic violence, violence against women and intimate partner violence; Professor Sarah Buel, faculty director of the Diane Halle Center for Family Justice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; and Attorneys General Michael Delaney of New Hampshire, Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III of Delaware, and William Schneider of Maine.

The three-day conference will take place at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth.

The Social Justice Institute plays a vital role in maintaining public interest law as a vibrant component of the UNH School of Law experience. Its mission is to inspire and equip students to use their law degrees to advocate for and assist underserved and vulnerable populations and empower communities. SJI believes students can serve these constituencies by various means including pro bono work, community service, or a career dedicated to the public interest.