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Family Violence: A Primer for Practitioners and Guardians Ad Litem

 

Successfully guide clients through family law matters.

Family violence, also called domestic violence, is prevalent in many households and increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet this type of violence often goes undetected. Family law practitioners, guardians ad litem, and other professionals need to be prepared to recognize family violence situations and have the tools to address those situations. This topic will help you understand the cycle of violence and recognize signs and symptoms of such violence along with victim reluctance. You will learn to build a network of resources for emergency assistance, legal help, and long-term support. Gain an understanding of the criminal complaint process and attendant positive and negative implications. You will understand the protective order process and access to victim funds and recovery options. While this topic will utilize Virginia law-based examples, the information offers national appeal and application to the criminal, civil, protective order, and family law schemes made available in all states. The material will provide common-sense steps, tips for providing necessary support, and general practical advice.

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Colleen Marea Quinn, Esq.

Colleen Marea Quinn, Esq.

Locke & Quinn

  • Equity owner in the firm of Locke & Quinn, a personal injury and family law firm ranked as a Best Law Firm in America by U.S. News & World Report for eight years in a row since 2015, and owner of the Adoption & Surrogacy Law Center and the Women’s Injury Law Center
  • Achieved the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, as well as the Client Champion award
  • Practices in the areas of personal injury, employment law, family formation, estate planning, insurance coverage, and civil litigation
  • Honored as a 2021 Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation, with the inaugural 2019 VLW Influential Women in Virginia, VA Lawyer’s Weekly; Top Women in the Law (in family law and personal injury 2016-20); The Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report, 2015-22; AAAA 2018 President’s Award; 2017 Adoption Attorney of the Year, Lawyers Monthly magazine; 2017 MRWBA Women of Achievement Award; 2016 Richmond NAWBO Entrepreneur of the Year award; 2015 Virginia State Bar Family Law Service award; Virginia’s Top Rated Lawyers, 2012-20, Law.com and Legal Leaders; Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2012-18; the 2011 YWCA Outstanding Woman Award for Law & Government; the 2011 Hats Off to Women Award, ABWA Cavalier Chapter; Super Lawyers Top 100, 2019-21, 2013, 2012, Top 50 in Virginia, 2011, Top 50, 2012-21/Top 25, 2010 & 2011 Female in Virginia, and Top 50, 2019-21, 2013/Top 25, 2012 Richmond, Richmond magazine; Virginia’s Legal Elite, Virginia Business, 2019-21, 2010-17, 2005; VLW 2009, Leader in the Law; 2008 Congressional Angels in Adoption award; and a Super Lawyer by Richmond magazine, 2006-21
  • She is a Fellow and 2016-17 President of the Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA) and served on the AAAA Board from 2007-11 & 2013-18 and in numerous officer, chair, and conference chair positions
  • She serves/has served on numerous boards including Va Law Foundation, current finance vice-chair; VA Family Law Coalition; National Assoc of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Richmond Chapter, past-president; Richmond NAWBO Foundation Board, past-secretary, Women of Excellence co-chair (four years); Metropolitan Richmond Women’s Bar Association, past-president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and JCE chair; Richmond Women’s Business Consortium, past-chairman); Family Formation Charitable Trust (2016-2018); Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, Employment/Civil Rights Section co-chair (2012-14, 1999-01), Public Affairs co-chair (2011-12), Pro Bono co-chair (2010-2011), Diversity chair (2003-04), CLE, Convention, Amicus, Insurance, and Long Range Plan Amicus Committees; Creating a Family Board (2013-16); United Way Women’s Leadership Council (2012-17); CW of VA Girl Scouts Board (2014+, treasurer); and the Richmond YWCA, past-president, Advisory Council
  • Member of the LGBT Bar Family Law Institute, VEBA, ACLU, Equality VA, and Gay RVA, ASRM, ABA, RBA, VSB, and the AAJ
  • She speaks and frequently publishes with more than 500 presentations and publications
  • Founded the Raising the Bar Law Talk Show & QLC Intern Program
  • J.D. degree, University of Virginia; B.A. degree, William and Mary; served as Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Harry L. Carrico, Chief Justice, Virginia Supreme Court, 1988; graduate, Leadership Metro Richmond
  • Can be contacted at 804-285-6253 or [email protected]
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