For Immediate Release: August 23, 2019
With gratitude and honor, we announce that, as of September 1, 2019, and after 16 years of leadership at the Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP), Joan Meier will be stepping down. As DV LEAP’s Founder and former Executive Director, and more recently, Legal Director, Joan is known internationally for her trailblazing appellate advocacy, scholarship and unwavering commitment to survivors of domestic violence. Her legal and legislative victories, judicial trainings, and cutting-edge research have extended protections to survivors, improved laws, and empowered vulnerable individuals and their families.
Taken together, these accomplishments and milestones have helped transform the legal landscape and establish DV LEAP as a critical resource for abuse survivors, lawyers, and advocacy organizations across the U.S. We look forward to building on Joan’s inspiring vision and legacy as DV LEAP continues to deepen and expand collaborations, programming, and outreach.
We are ever grateful toJoan for her years of dedication to DV LEAP. She will be greatly missed by our staff, Board members, and pro-bono partners alike. We wish her the best in her new endeavors and look forward to our continued collaboration.
Finally, we are delighted to announce that Sasha Drobnick, DV LEAP’s current Managing Attorney, will assume the post of Legal Director on September 1. Having served the organization for eight years, she brings a depth of domestic violence and appellate expertise to this new position. Prior to joining DV LEAP, Sasha practiced family law in Maryland, where she was recognized for her outstanding commitment to domestic violence and pro bono advocacy. We are fortunate to work with Sasha in this new capacity and we look forward to her leadership.
Transitions are opportunities to reflect on our accomplishments to date, and to look forward to more in our future. Please join us in honoring Joan’s legacy as we recommit to making the law work for every survivor of domestic violence.
The DV LEAP Board of Directors