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July 31, 2014

Co-Director Margaret E. Johnson is quoted in the Baltimore Sun....READ MORE.


 

March 26, 2014

ACTION ALERT!   

SB41 - Domestic Violence - Persons Eligible for Relief

Below is an alert from our partners at Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence.  This bill is part of MLAW's 2014 Legislative Agenda.  Please take action.

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, SB 41- Domestic Violence - Persons Eligible for Relief, will be heard by the House Judiciary Committee at a cross-over hearing. SB 41 is one of the MNADV's priority bills for the 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly.

SB 41 alters the definition of persons eligible for relief (PEFR) in our protective order statute to include an individual who has had either a consensual or nonconsensual sexual relationship with the respondent.

It provides the same relief for those who are engaged in dating relationships and who have had experienced intimate partner violence as all other people who are listed as persons eligible for relief under the protective order statute.

Under current law, individuals who seek protection from abuse and who do not live together or do not have a family relationship are now only eligible for relief under the peace order statute. The relief available under the peace order statute is less comprehensive than the relief available in the protective order statute.

This adjustment in the law clarifies our public policy so that intimate partner violence - whether it is the result of a marriage or familial relationship or of a sexual relationship - is treated in the same way. We protect all citizens dealing with this problem equally and offer them the same opportunity for relief in situations where abuse has occurred.

We urge you to contact the members of the House Judiciary Committee no later than March 26 to request a favorable report on SB 41.  

The contact information for members of the House Judiciary Committee is below.

JUDICARY COMMITTEE

joseph.vallario@house.state.md.us; kathleen.dumais@house.state.md.us; curt.anderson@house.state.md.us; sam.arora@house.state.md.us; jill.carter@house.state.md.us; luke.clippinger@house.state.md.us; john.cluster@house.state.md.us; frank.conaway@house.state.md.us; glen.glass@house.state.md.us; michael.hough@house.state.md.us; kevin.kelly@house.state.md.us; susan.lee@house.state.md.us; susan.mccomas@house.state.md.us; mike.mcdermott@house.state.md.us; neil.parrott@house.state.md.us; samuel.rosenberg@house.state.md.us; luiz.simmons@house.state.md.us; michael.smigiel@house.state.md.us; darren.swain@house.state.md.us; kris.valderrama@house.state.md.us; geraldine.valentino@house.state.md.us, jeff.waldstreicher@house.state.md.us 

 


 

APRIL 9, 2014

Co-Director Leigh Goodmark Book Discussion @ Enoch Pratt Free Library

Co-Director Leigh Goodmark talks about her book, A Troubled Marriage: Domestic Violence and the Legal System on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:30pm at the  Enoch Pratt Free Library  Central Library (400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201) in the Poe Room!

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JANUARY 30, 2014
 
Join SSWLC and The Center on Applied Feminism
Thursday, Jan. 30th  at 5:00 PM at the Angelos Law Center, 12th Floor Reading Room

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Childbirth in Chains: The Movement to End the Shackling of Pregnant Inmates in Maryland 

Across the country, pregnant women suffer undue health risks when they are shackled before, during, and while recovering from labor. In Maryland, handcuffs, leg shackles and belly chains are used to restrain pregnant women during transport and medical appointments. Even during active labor, women and girls incarcerated in Maryland may endure the pain and restricted movement from having their wrists and ankles chained to the rails of the hospital bed. Maryland law does not even require correctional staff to consider input from medical staff when deciding whether to shackle a pregnant woman. Shackling pregnant women is permitted not only in Maryland’s state-run adult and juvenile facilities, but also in local detention centers where women are held awaiting trial, before they have been proven guilty of any crime. 

Featured speakers include:

  • Mary Washington, Maryland Delegate, District 43
  • Toni Holness, Public Policy Associate, ACLU of Maryland
  • Jacqueline Robarge, Founder and Director, Power Inside

The panel will be moderated by Leigh Goodmark, Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law and Professor of Law, Director of Clinical Education and Co-Director of the Center on Applied Feminism at the University of Baltimore School of Law

Read more and sign on the statement of opposition here: http://www.stopshacklingmd.org/

Light food and refreshments will be served following the panel.

 


NOVEMBER 18, 2013

CAF Feminist Theory Book Group Meeting

UB Faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Center on Applied Feminism for our next feminist theory book group meeting. CAF holds a feminist theory book group twice a semester.

Our next book group meeting will be held on Monday, November 18, 2013 at noon in Room 109 in the Angelos Law Center. We will be discussing "The End of Men and the Rise of Women" by Hanna Rosin.

At the book group, lunch is provided, so your RSVP is requested to Brittmy Martinez at bmartinez@ ubalt.edu. We hope to see you there!

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Call for Papers!

The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Center on Applied Feminism seeks submissions for its Seventh Annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference.  This year’s theme is “Applied Feminism and Health.”  The conference will be held on March 6 and 7, 2014.  For more information about the conference, please visit law.ubalt.edu/caf . To submit a paper proposal, please submit an abstract by Friday, 5 p.m. on November 1, 2013.  Visit our website for more information.

 


 

OCTOBER 9, 2013

The Link Between Domestic Violence and Homelessness: A panel discussion

*This event is open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Please click here to RSVP. *

Join five local and regional experts who are working to curb homelessness for those who experience domestic abuse.

Danielle Cover, Visiting Professor, Family Law Clinic, UB School of Law
Antonia Fasinelli, Executive Director, Homeless Persons Representation Project
Shakeita Boyd, Community Housing Program Director, District Alliance for Safe Housing
Asma Hanif, Executive Director, Muslimat al Nisaa Women’s Shelter
Janice Miller, Director of Client Services, House of Ruth Maryland

The panel will be moderated by Margaret Johnson, associate professor and co-director for the Center on Applied Feminism at UB School of Law.

The panelists will discuss and share ideas about the following topics:
• The relationship between domestic violence and homelessness regionally;
• The services available to address homelessness for persons subjected to domestic violence;
• The current laws and funding that support housing for persons subjected to abuse;
• Legal reforms, including funding, that are necessary to better prevent homelessness for those subjected to domestic violence.

Presented by the Center on Applied Feminism and Students Supporting the Women's Law Center.

DV AND HOMELESSNESS FLYER


 

OCTOBER 7, 2013

CAF Feminist Theory Book Group Meeting

UB Faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Center on Applied Feminism for our next feminist theory book group meeting. CAF holds a feminist theory book group twice a semester.

Our next book group meeting will be held on Monday, October 7 at noon in Room 109 in the Angelos Law Center. We will be discussing "Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City" by Kathryn Edin and Timothy Nelson.

At the book group, lunch is provided, so your RSVP is requested to Brittmy Martinez at bmartinez@ ubalt.edu. We hope to see you there!

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