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Loyola University New Orleans School of Law Presents Integrating Responses to Domestic Violence symposium

Loyola press release - September 27, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans School of Law and the Women’s Center will present Integrating Responses to Domestic Violence Symposium on October 26 - 28, 2000. The event will be co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence. The symposium is funded by Mary Kay Inc. and Loyola’s Gillis W. Long Poverty Law Center.

Admission to all general sessions and performances is free and open to the public.

By the most conservative estimate, approximately one million women per year suffer nonfatal violence by an intimate. By other estimates, four million American women experience a serious assault by an intimate during an average 12-month period. Annually, intimates perpetrate about 28 percent of all violence against women.

The goal of the symposium is to enhance teaching of the existing law school curriculum by exploring how issues of domestic violence arise in and relate to that curriculum. The conference also will facilitate communication between various professionals most involved in dealing with issues of domestic violence -- law enforcement officers, social workers, court staff, public defenders and prosecutors.

The symposium has been pre-approved for continuing educational credit by the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Family Law Specialization credit. The continuing educational credits are available at no charge.

On Thursday evening, October 26, the keynote speaker will be Donna Ferrato, an internationally acclaimed photojournalist of domestic violence. Her photos have recorded the intricate balance between love and sexuality and have appeared in Life and Time magazines and other national publications. Her multi-media show, "In the Name of Love" will begin at 7 p.m. in Roussel Hall in the Music/Communications Building, 6363 St. Charles Avenue on Loyola’s main campus.

The schedule of general sessions and performances continues:

  • Friday, October 27, general sessions will take place in Nunemaker Hall in Monroe Hall, also on Loyola’s main campus, from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday evening at 8 p.m. in Nunemaker Hall, TOVA Productions, a collaborative ‘theater of witness’ project, will perform Some Life on These Bones. This play was created and is performed by women who have transformed their lives after struggling with serious issues such as domestic abuse.
  • General sessions will continue on Saturday at the School of Law, 526 Pine Street, Room 308, on the Broadway Campus, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Donna Ferrato is available for interviews on October 26. Judy Perry Martinez, chair of the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, and Isabel Medina, professor at Loyola University School of Law and organizer of the symposium, are also available during the event.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

For more information, please call 861-5749.