On Wednesday February 1, 2017 Staff Attorney Julia Bizer spoke on a panel at University of District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Part of the Pathways to Practice series, this panel entitled Trends in Family and Juvenile Law, was meant to give law students perspectives on the myriad of legal careers that revolve around a basis of family law. Panelists shared about their own personal career paths then fielded questions from the Moderator Faith Mullen, the Director of the General Practice Clinic at the law school. Students had the opportunity to reflect on the definition of “family” as it pertains to Family Law and hear from practitioner shaping policy, litigating in courtrooms, shaping neighborhoods through legal clinics and more. Ms. Bizer reflected on the importance of the KARAMAH’s outreach and connection to the local Muslim communities and the rewards and challenges on represented survivors of domestic violence in family law matters in courtrooms throughout northern Virginia and DC.
The other panelists were Keesha Turner Roberts, Managing Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Oluwemimo T. Peters, Staff Attorney at the DC Legal Aid Domestic Violence/Family Law Unit; Scott Trowbridge Staff Attorney at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, and Rochanda Hiligh-Thomas. Acting Executive Director of Advocates for Justice and Education.