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10/13/06 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM

October 10, 2006

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Claire Duggan: (202) 994-0616; cduggan@law.gwu.edu
Matt Lindsay: (202) 994-1423; mlindsay@gwu.edu
          

GW LAW SCHOOL's DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL EMPOWERMENT AND APPEALS PROJECT TO RECEIVE MARY BYRON FOUNDATION's CELEBRATING SOLUTIONS AWARD
OCT. 13

EVENT: 
The Mary Byron Foundation will award The George Washington University Law School's Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP) its Celebrating Solutions Award in recognition of what it calls "exemplary work" for "outstanding efforts to help break the cycle of domestic violence" and providing a "model for the nation." Pat Byron, mother of Mary Byron for whom the foundation is named, will present the award to DV LEAP. Roberta Valente, assistant director of the Family Violence Department, National Council of Juvenile & Family Courts, will discuss DV LEAP's critical role in the courts.

WHEN: 
Friday, Oct. 13, 2006, 8:30 - 10 a.m.
Awards ceremony and reception; a light breakfast will be served

WHERE: 
The George Washington University Law School
Faculty Conference Center
Jacob Burns Library, fifth floor, 716 20th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Blue and Orange lines)

RSVP: 
This event is free and open to the public. Members of the public should RSVP to Easter McCants at (202) 994-1909 or ecmc_vmc@yahoo.com.
Members of the media are welcome to attend the awards ceremony and reception. Media should RSVP to Claire Duggan at cduggan@gwu.edu or Matt Lindsay at mlindsay@gwu.edu

BACKGROUND:
 
DV LEAP is the leader in appellate advocacy for domestic violence victims in the District of Columbia and elsewhere. It has shaped development of the law nationally and established a model increasingly emulated by organizations and advocates across the country as they fight for victims in court. DV LEAP's advocacy extends to the U.S. Supreme Court, and it helps train judges, lawyers, legislators, students, and advocates nationwide. It is the first organization in the country - and the only one in D.C. - dedicated to providing appellate representation to victims who were denied justice at trial. More than 25 law firms are in its pro bono network, 16 of which have already assisted in DV LEAP cases. DV LEAP also is working to support the appellate advocacy of prosecutors and defense counsel where domestic violence victims have become ensnared in the criminal justice system.

The Mary Byron Foundation is named in memory of a Louisville woman whose murder led to the creation of VINE, the National Victim Notification Network. Appriss Inc., the company that created and continues to provide this life-saving service, donated seed money to help establish the foundation in 2000.

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