Upcoming Webinar (July 21): Stigma & the Courts: Litigating Custody Cases on Behalf of Clients with Mental Health Disabilities

The American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, with support from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, is pleased to announce the upcoming teleconference:

Stigma & the Courts: Litigating Custody Cases on Behalf of Clients with Mental Health Disabilities

Join the ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence as we explore the best practices for trial preparation and litigation strategy when representing clients with mental health disabilities.

Panelists Linda Peyton, Esq., and Rachel White-Domain, Esq., will consider your questions, as well as the following:

“What are the legal and practical consequences I need to know about litigating custody cases for survivors with mental health disabilities?”

“What are national trends associated with custody cases involving survivors with mental health disabilities?”

“How can expert witnesses elevate my litigation practice on behalf of survivors with mental health disabilities?”

“What can I do to improve the judicial outcomes for my clients with mental health disabilities?”

Following a panel discussion, participants will have the opportunity to ask their questions – and get some straight answers.


Registration is Free.
Registration Closes Friday, July 17.


Linda Peyton, Esq. is Executive Director of the Legal Clinic for the Disabled (LCD) and Director of the Anti-Violence Initiative at the Legal Clinic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She joined the Legal Clinic in March 2003 after 20 years with the Defender Association of Philadelphia as a trial and appellate attorney Linda developed the domestic violence program at LCD and as Executive Director continues to provide representation to survivors of domestic violence with disabilities. In 2010, Linda and LCD staff worked the Pennsylvania Domestic Violence Task Force which brought together experts that work with survivors of domestic violence to produce recommendations to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare on: raising awareness of the breadth and magnitude of domestic violence in Pennsylvania; reducing the occurrence of domestic violence; and, improving the systems and services that survivors of domestic violence receive. Since 2009, Linda and the LCD staff have worked to develop medical/legal partnerships in the Philadelphia community to provide the comprehensive medical/legal services necessary to help people with disabilities address legal issues that might otherwise affect their independence, health and quality of life. Linda is a graduate of Arizona State University (B.A. with Distinction 1973) and Antioch Law School in Washington, DC (J.D. 1981). She is an adjunct professor at Arcadia University.

Rachel White-Domain, Esq., serves as the Project Manager for the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH) and leads NCDVTMH’s Trauma-Informed Legal Advocacy (TILA) Project. She is also a volunteer lawyer with the Illinois Clemency Project for Battered Women as well as Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM). She is a summa cum laude graduate of DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, IL. Before law school, she worked at Planned Parenthood.

If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Fernández at catherine.fernandez@americanbar.org

This project is supported by Grant No. 2013-TA-AX-K035 awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program 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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