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Domestic violence, child custody seminar on Friday

By: 13 April 2011 4 Comments

The Best Practices in Domestic Violence and Child Custody continuing legal education (CLE) seminar sponsored by Legal Aid of Arkansas is scheduled for this Friday (April 15) in Fayetteville.

You can find out more information about the seminar — and how to register — by clicking here. Licensed attorneys attending the course are eligible for 5.5 hours of CLE credit.

First Arkansas News is the media sponsor of this event. As such, we have posted interviews with some of the presenters scheduled for the event. You’ll find an interview with Fayetteville Attorney Alene Bryson here, an interview with Fayetteville Attorney John Mikesch here and an interview with Travis County Court Division 4 Judge Mike Denton of Austin, Texas, here.

Peace at Home Family Shelter issued the following press release about the event:

Peace at Home Family Shelter, NWA Women’s Shelter, Legal Aid of Arkansas, and the bar associations of Washington and Benton Counties will host a one-day training for the Best Practices for Domestic Violence and Child Custody on Friday, April 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Church at Arkansas, located at 1905 E. Mission Blvd No. 5, in Fayetteville.

The training will count as 5.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education.

The day will be packed with a variety of speakers including the Hon. Mike Denton, of Travis County, Texas; Det. David Williams, of the Fayetteville Police Department; John Mikesch, of Taylor Law Partners, in Fayetteville; and Alene Bryson, a family and immigration lawyer. A judges’ panel will feature many northwest Arkansas Circuit and District judges including the Hon. Mark Lindsay, Hon. John Scott, Hon. Joanna Taylor, Hon. Beth Storey Bryan, and Hon. William Storey.

Topics include crime scene investigation, family law and child custody pleadings and best practices, and the best practices in domestic violence and family law cases.

“Legal advocacy is one of the largest unmet needs for domestic violence survivors in Arkansas,” said Teresa Mills, chief executive officer of Peace at Home Family Shelter. “Educating the legal community about the unique needs of survivors is critical to increasing the number of attorneys willing to provide pro bono services. It is through the legal community that domestic violence survivors achieve social justice and independence in their lives.”

Domestic violence is a serious issue in Northwest Arkansas. Peace at Home Shelter helps an average of 90 families each year and hundreds more through outreach. NWA Women’s Shelter sheltered over 500 women and children in 2010 and handled over 500 outreach clients, many through court advocacy.

Legal Aid handled 247 Orders of Protection in 2010 in Benton and Washington Counties. The City of Fayetteville handled 380 domestic battery cases in 2010. Springdale had 476 domestic violence intimate arrests in 2010. In 2009, Springdale prosecuted 441 intimate domestic violence cases.

Established in 1977, Peace at Home is Arkansas’ oldest shelter for domestic violence survivors. Its mission is to end domestic violence. It offers emergency shelter, a crisis line, advocacy, job training, and bi-lingual services. Last year, it reported 3,936 safe nights for women and children. For more information, visit

About: Ethan C. Nobles:
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  • Susan Purtle said:

    Spoke with Brian Thomas Deputy Prosecutor for the City of Fayetteville April 14 and he reminded me it was 380 Domestic Battery cases their office handled not 380 Domestic Violence cases.

  • Ethan C. Nobles (author) said:

    Thanks, Susan. Wouldn’t have caught your comment had I not been up late dodging tornadoes 😉

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