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Webinar Archive:  Reentry Series

Webinar date:  November 1, 2016



In this two-webinar series, advocates are introduced to the parole process, with special attention to working with survivors of abuse who are seeking parole.  The first webinar covers the basics of the parole process:  what it is, how it differs from commutation, what types of factors parole commissions consider, and the skills needed for successful advocacy of women going up for parole.  The second webinar focuses on the nuts and bolts of preparation:  how to create a parole packet, building client narratives, addressing gender violence and mental health issues, and preparing the client for the parole hearing.

About the Presenters

Leigh Goodmark is a Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Frances King Carey School of Law.  Professor Goodmark directs the Gender Violence Clinic, a clinic providing direct representation in matters involving intimate partner abuse, sexual assault, trafficking, and other cases involving gender violence.  Professor Goodmark's scholarship focuses on domestic violence.  She is the co-editor of Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence:  Lessons from Efforts Worldwide (Oxford 2015) and the author of A Troubled Marriage:  Domestic Violence and the Legal System (New York University 2012), which was named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2012.  Her work on domestic violence has appeared in numerous journals, law reviews, and publications, including Violence Against Women, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Yale Journal on Law and Feminism, and  From 2003 to 2014, Professor Goodmark was on the faculty at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where she served as Director of Clinical Education and Co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism.  From 2000 to 2003, Professor Goodmark was the Director of the Children and Domestic Violence Project at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. Before joining the Center on Children and the Law, Professor Goodmark represented battered women and children in the District of Columbia in custody, visitation, child support, restraining order, and other civil matters.  Professor Goodmark is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School.

Lila Meadows is a clinical fellow at University of Baltimore Law School.  Lila trains student attorneys in the Mediation Clinic for Families and the Juvenile Justice Project.  Prior to joining the faculty at University of Baltimore, Lila worked as an attorney with Second Chance for Women, representing incarcerated clients serving life and long-term determinate sentences in the parole process.  As a recipient of the Yale Public Interest Initiative Grant, she worked to ensure her clients received fair and full consideration in the parole process, created resources to help unrepresented clients navigate parole issues, and advocated for changes to the parole and risk assessment process.  Before becoming a practicing attorney, Lila received her Masters of Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and worked as an analyst focusing on the administration of mental health services for survivors of trauma.  She has worked internationally on issues related to trauma in South Africa, Malawi, and Egypt.

Suggested Participants

Anyone currently working with or planning to work with charged, incarcerated, and reentering women and/or victims of battering will benefit from these webinar.  This may include attorneys, community- and system-based advocates, reentry program staff, criminal justice professionals (including probation and parole officers) and community corrections staff.


Click here to access the recording for Part 2.  A copy of the PowerPoint (and any other documents from Part 2) is available by clicking here.

Click here to access the recordings (which include the PowerPoint).


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Parole, Part 2:  How to Prepare a Client

for Parole

This project is supported by Grant No. 2008-TA-AX-K033 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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