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Breaking the Cycle: Civil Recovery for Victims of Sexual Violence in Virginia (Audio Only)

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Produced on April 12, 2018

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Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

Victims of sexual violence most often have limited resources to assist them in recovery. Even though some limited help might come from victim recovery funds, restitution paid by the assailant or community resources, typically they are not nearly enough to compensate the victim. Consequently, it is very important for attorneys to seek to identify any other possible recovery that might be had through a civil tort action.

Using Virginia law as a base, Colleen M. Quinn will outline the components of a tort action as well as sources of collection and various theories of liability especially against third parties who might be culpable. And, in instances where tort relief might be available, she also will focus on the importance of coordination with any pending criminal proceedings, preventing the depletion of assets and understanding the emotional underpinnings - including protecting the victim from being “re-victimized.”

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Recognize the three components of a tort action: Liability, damages and collection
  2. Identify and seek out sources of collection and third party recovery
  3. Using Virginia law as a base, recognize the available causes of action
  4. Learn why coordination on any pending criminal case can be critical to the civil case
  5. Understand the emotional underpinnings of representing victims of sexual assault and unique issues in representation including protecting the client from being further victimized
  6. Understand how to recognize and, in some cases, stop or slow down the depletion of assets by the assailant
  7. Recognize how marital civil assault cases can intersect with family dissolution or divorce matters

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Colleen Quinn

Locke Partin Deboer & Quinn

Faculty Spotlight

Honored with the Virginia State Bar Family Law Service Award (2015), “Best Lawyers in America” (2014), “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” by National Trial Lawyers (2012-15), the YWCA Outstanding Woman Award for Law & Government (2011), the “Hats Off to Women Award” by the ABWA Cavalier Chapter (2011), as “Super Lawyers” Top 100 (2012 & 2013) and Top 50 (2011) in Virginia, Top 50 (2012-15) and Top 25 (2010 & 2011) Female in Virginia, and Top 50 (2013) and Top 25 (2012 & 2013) in Richmond, by Richmond magazine, by Virginia Business magazine as one of Virginia’s “Legal Elite” (2010-14,2005), the “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly (2009), the Congressional “Angels in Adoption” award (2008), and a “Super Lawyer” by Richmond magazine (2006-15), Colleen Marea Quinn has represented thousands of adopting parents, birth parents, adoptees, intended parents, surrogates, gestational carriers and egg donors since 1989. After graduating from the College of William and Mary and UVA Law School, Quinn clerked for the Chief Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, The Hon. Harry L. Carrico. She is a Fellow, and serves on the Board of Trustees and is President-Elect, of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (“AAAA”) and a Fellow, Founder, Executive Council and Membership Chair (2009-15) of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (“AAARTA”), both are select groups of attorneys with rigorous standards for membership.

She speaks frequently at AAAA-AAARTA Annual Meetings, was the 2011 Mid-Year Conference Chair, the 2007 Annual Convention Chair, was on the AAAA ARTS Taskforce and Committee (2006-09), and Chaired the Birth Parent Representation Committee (1999 to 2003). In 2003, she published the AAAA “Representing Birth Parents Handbook.” She is the co-author of the Fifth and Fourth Editions of the Virginia CLE “Adoption Procedures and Forms” book. She has served as a program chair, moderator and speaker for numerous adoption and ART seminars and programs. Quinn has qualified and served as an expert witness in adoption law in the Virginia court system and has been hired and deposed as an expert witness in surrogacy law. She serves/has served as a certified Guardian ad Litem and is a member of the LGBT Bar Family Law Institute, the VA Equality Bar Association, the ABA ART & Adoption Committees, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (“ASRM), RESOLVE, AAJ and the VTLA.

Quinn is a partner and equity owner in the firm of Locke & Quinn, has achieved an “AV” rating, the highest given, by Martindale Hubbell, is a Fellow of the LCA, and a member of the VTLA, RBA, VSB, and the AAJ. She is a Past-President of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Richmond Chapter, Past-Secretary of the Richmond NAWBO Foundation Board, Past-Chairman of the Richmond Women’s Business Consortium, Past-President (former Pres., Pres-Elect, VP, Sec. and Treas.) of the Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association, and has served as a Chair and Co-Chair for numerous VTLA Committees.

Ms. Quinn devotes and has devoted time and energy to various civic activities such as the Creating a Family Board, United Way Women’s Leadership Council, Girl Scouts of Virginia Board of Directors, Go Red for Women, VSDV Action Alliance, Petersburg Domestic Violence Task Force, LINC, and the Richmond YWCA (prior Advisory Council, President, Board member). She is a 1996 graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond, a Lifetime Girl Scout member and, in her spare time, scuba dives, plays tennis, mountain bikes and teaches aerobics.


Barry G.

very Good lecturer. Held my interest throughout.

Rhonda G. W.

Superb in content and presentation. Thank you!

Maria P.

Very helpful. Thanks.

Richard F.

Excellent presentation in all ways!

Thomas S.

Ms. Quinn is truly a SME for this topic!

Jo M.

It's always a pleasure, and an education, to listen to Ms. Quinn's presentations.

Brianna P.

Very informative and interesting.

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