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CLE – Domestic Violence Trends in the Context of Bail Reform and the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 28, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee

Domestic Violence Trends in the Context of Bail Reform and the COVID-19 Pandemic

A free 2-hour Virtual CLE Program

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 2-4 p.m.

Statistics strongly suggest that the incidence of domestic violence has increased considerably during the pandemic — at the same time that the discretion of judges to detain or set bail has been reduced.

This two-part Domestic Violence Awareness Month program sponsored by the Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee will first discuss bail reform, the unintended impact on DV cases and possible legislative adjustments to the new law. The second part will examine the dynamics, pitfalls and future of DV cases during the pandemic era.

Hon. Rachel Kretser (Ret.), chair, Gender Fairness Committee, will moderate two panel discussions that will include:

  • Andra Ackerman, Albany County Judge
  • Jaya L. Connors, Professor of Law and Director of Family Violence Litigation Clinic at the Justice Center at Albany Law School
  • Leah Feldman, VP, Community Programs, Family Services
  • Heather L. Dukes, Senior Attorney, Unity House Law Project
  • Richard Rivera, Albany County Family Court Judge and Supervising Judge of the Domestic Violence Courts
  • Ellen Schell, counsel, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

Registration (no charge):

  • Click here NYS Bar Association or go to https://nysba.org/events/domestic-violence-trends-in-the-context-of-bail-reform-and-the-covid-19-pandemic/
  • Create a free NYSBA account.
  • Register for this program.
  • When you come to payment part, insert this coupon code in the “discount” box: 1028JQ21

Co-sponsors to date

Albany County Bar Association, Albany Law School, Center for Women in Government, The Legal Project, National Association of Women Judges-NY, New York State Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.


October 28, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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