Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project

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On Wednesday, June 10, DV LEAP will be hosting its 2nd Strong Brew, our premier event, with the sponsorship of our hosts Vida Fitness at their new Penthouse Pool & Lounge at The Yards, conveniently close to Capitol Hill.
Strong Brew describes how DV LEAP works with our law firms, community partners, and clients to address the injustices that survivors of domestic violence face when they seek legal remedies.
Strong Brew also highlights the coffee and craft beer featured at the event. We salute women leaders in the locally roasted coffee and craft beer industries. This framework allows us to not only honor those who are working to end violence, but also gives us the opportunity to highlight women who work against the grain to establish themselves as well as change norms.



To learn more or to buy your tickets today, visit our event website at or click here.









Another Great Win for DV LEAP! 

We are thrilled to share a major victory in the DC Court of Appeals concerning the rights of unrelated sexual assault victims to adequate civil protection orders, including an order to the perpetrator to vacate his own apartment where doing so is necessary to effectuate a meaningful stay-away order.  DV LEAP is grateful to Cleary Gottlieb for its superb work on our amicus brief in the case; and to Skadden Arps for their topnotch representation of the victim.




 Can You Go to Jail for Writing Threatening Rap Lyrics on Facebook? 

DV LEAP's Legal Director Joan Meier has written an amicus brief on one of this year's most controversial and talked about cases Elonis v. United States. To read more click here.



DV LEAP Legal Director Joan Meier was interviewed by CBS News regarding threats presented in the Elonis v. United States case. Follow the link below to listen to the entire segment.





 Strong Brew is a SUCCESS for DV LEAP!

DV LEAP's Executive Director Dawn Dalton with the representatives of the 4 breweries that took part in the event and made our "Strong  Brew" possible! Thank you Jennifer Jackson, Elizabeth Palumbo, Mari Rodela, Sarah Saa, Kristi Mathews Griner, Emily Bruno, Julie Verratti, and Shauna Barnes!

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