updates and News

June 4, 2020

DV LEAP Stands in Solidarity with the Black Community

The DV LEAP staff shares our nation’s despair over the systemic racism laid bare by the recent murders in the black community. Read our full statement here.
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May 26, 2020

The Colorado Court of Appeals Denies Amicus Brief

In a recent decision by the Colorado Court of Appeals, DV LEAP's amicus brief in support of a survivor mom was denied. Click here to read more.
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May 26, 2020

Victory for Survivor Mom in New York! Thank You Freshfields!

DV LEAP and Freshfields attorneys achieved a legal victory for a survivor mom who was fighting for the custody of her children.
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May 26, 2020

An Ongoing Issue in Courts Across America: Litigation Abuse

Click here to read about the research our intern Magdalena D'Aiuto conducted in regards to an on-going issue that DV LEAP sees in the courts: Litigation Abuse.
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April 6, 2020

DV LEAP is Proud to Support Survivors Across States and Borders

DV LEAP recently filed its final brief on behalf of a survivor in an appeal spanning North Carolina, Georgia and Canada as co-counsel with pro bono firm Katten.
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April 6, 2020

DV LEAP Proudly Files its First Brief in the state of Mississippi!

DV LEAP is proud to expand its appellate support of family abuse survivors to include Mississippi, our 22nd state, where we recently filed an amicus brief.
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April 6, 2020

Jones Day Pro Bono Team’s Relentless Fight for Justice

One of our superstar pro bono teams at Jones Day has once again gone above and beyond in its advocacy on behalf of family violence survivors.
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March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update and Resources - Local and National

DV LEAP has been monitoring COVID-19 closely, and while our entire staff is now working remotely, we are continuing to provide our full range of appellate services.
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February 24, 2020

Massachusetts Highest Court Issues Strong Domestic Violence Ruling

In a recent opinion from its highest court, MA unequivocally confirmed that domestic violence must always be considered in custody cases.
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February 24, 2020

Motion to Publish Granted by DCCA in Important Pro-Survivor Opinion

‍DV LEAP joined forces with NVRDC and DCVLP to successfully convince the DCCA that its pro-survivor opinion in Victor Rogers v. U.S. must be published.
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December 13, 2019

Want to be More Connected to DV LEAP? Join the Advocacy Council!

Interested in professional development? Want Board experience? Looking for a way to get more involved with DV LEAP? Consider joining our Advocacy Council!
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August 23, 2019

Important: Founder and Legal Director Joan Meier Stepping Down

With gratitude and honor, we announce that, as of September 1, 2019, and after 16 years of leadership at DV LEAP, Joan Meier will be stepping down.
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June 20, 2019

A DV LEAP Client Has Been Granted Cert In Front Of SCOTUS!

Thanks to the excellent advocacy of our pro-bono partners at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, a DV LEAP client has been granted certiorari from SCOTUS.
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April 1, 2019

Latest Appeals Case Update: Thank you, Pillsbury For All Your Help!

DV LEAP is delighted to announce a favorable outcome on appeal in another international parental abduction case in which the mother fled an abusive father.
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March 11, 2019

DV LEAP's Legal Director, Joan Meier, featured in Reveal News Episode

Click here to listen to the latest Reveal News episode, Bitter Custody, which focuses on family courts and "parental alienation."
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February 19, 2019

Actress and Advocate Abigail Spencer becomes DV LEAP's Ambassador

DV LEAP today announced Actress and Advocate Abigail Spencer as their first-ever Goodwill Ambassador. Click here to learn more.
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