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Procedural Fairness in Civil Protection Orders 2020 (Postponed from 9/17/20) *Class by Webinar*

October 19, 2020
Credits: 2.0 Credit Hours

Description: Every year thousands of individuals in the District of Columbia appear without representation to defend themselves against allegations of intra-family criminal conduct in Civil Protection Order (CPO) proceedings.  They face a host of collateral consequences, including losing custody of their children, loss of employment, deportation, supervision by the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, or other severe consequences we generally think are only the result of criminal proceedings – where defendants have guaranteed counsel and the government must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.
There are minimal procedural protections for CPO respondents facing the same consequences; there is a lower burden of proof and petitioners, unlike respondents, are much more often represented by counsel.  The dearth of procedural protections makes it exceedingly difficult for respondents to understand the CPO court process, to effectively negotiate and fully appreciate all terms of a consent CPO, or to prepare for trial with all necessary defenses, evidence and witnesses.  Among the topics our knowledgeable and experienced faculty will discuss are the collateral consequences of entering into a CPO by consent to highlight employment, criminal, immigration, family/custody, neglect, housing, and firearms considerations, as well as Title IX hearings in college settings.

Faculty:  Keeshea Turner Roberts, Howard University School of Law; Ariel Woodard-Stephens, Rising for Justice
Fees: $89 D.C. Bar Community Members; $99 D.C. Bar Members; $109 Government and Non-profit Attorneys; $129 Others
 The D.C. Bar CLE Program now offers discounted group registration rates!  For more information, contact the CLE Office at CLE@dcbar.org or 202-626-3488.

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Keeshea Turner Roberts, Rising for Justice

Ariel Woodard-Stephens , Rising for Justice

Trisha Monroe, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

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