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Compassionate Representation in Domestic Violence Matters

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Produced on March 03, 2020

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Course Information

Time 1h 7m
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

This program will focus on client-centered lawyering while working with victims of domestic violence in preparing for family or criminal court cases. The course will cover compassionate and trauma-informed interview techniques, how to discern whether a client is ready to report (or not), and how to help them proceed with that decision, as well as managing expectations throughout the case. In addition, the presenters will discuss the benefits and risks of going to trial or settling a domestic violence case, and preparation techniques for both the alleged victim and the alleged perpetrator in a DV situation. 

The program will discuss specific trial techniques in these cases, the differences between family and criminal court, and additional considerations such as the presence of children in the home, questions of marital support, and ethical issues for attorneys.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the cycle of domestic violence and how this dynamic can affect the lawyer’s representation of their client
  2. Interview clients with compassion while helping them tell their full story
  3. Prepare for settlement or trial in criminal and family court

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Shari Lee Genser Shari graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2011 where she was presented with the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award.  She received her B.A. in Jurisprudence from Montclair State University in 2008 where she graduated magna cum laude and was named an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar.

Shari served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Nancy Sivilli, J.S.C. of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, County of Essex from 2011 to 2012.  Thereafter, she was awarded funding as an Equal Justice Works Fellow to develop a teen dating violence prevention project at Essex-Newark Legal Services.  During her two year fellowship, Shari provided advocacy to victims of domestic violence in all areas of family law and performed extensive community outreach in the area of teen dating violence.  At the conclusion of her fellowship, Shari worked as a Staff Attorney in the Family Law Unit of Essex-Newark Legal Services where she continued to serve the community by providing representation in family law matters. 

Shari has presented seminars on domestic violence in high school, college, and law school classrooms, as well as various community organizations.  Shari has presented for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education at the Hot Tips in Family Law Seminar in November 2017 on the topic of domestic violence restraining orders, at the Hot Tips in Family Law Seminar in November 2018 on the topic of equitable distribution, and at the 2019 Real Estate Conference on the intersection of family law and real estate transactions.

Shari transitioned from the non-profit sector into private practice in 2015, working for a boutique matrimonial firm in Morristown prior to joining Seiden Family Law, LLC.  Since moving into private practice, Shari has continued to serve the community by volunteering with the Women’s Center Legal Clinic at the County College of Morris, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice and Partners for Women and Justice.  Shari serves as an Early Settlement Panelist in the Essex County Superior Court of New Jersey.  She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, Union County Bar Association, and she is a past member of the Barry I. Croland Family Law American Inns of Court.  Shari presently serves on the Young Lawyers Subcommittee of the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section, and she is an active member of both the Young Lawyers Section and the Family Law Committee of the Essex County Bar Association.

Georgina Giordano Pallitto is a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney.  She began Pallitto Law, LLC in 2016.  Ms. Pallitto has been appointed as the Assistant Municipal Prosecutor for East Hanover Township since 2016.  She is the current Secretary of the Morris County Municipal Prosecutors Association.  In addition, she serves as a trustee of the New Jersey State Municipal Prosecutors Association since 2018.  She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Hudson County Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, and President of the North Hudson Lawyers' Club.     

Ms. Pallitto also currently serves as Assistant County Counsel for the County of Hudson, assigned to Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital in Secaucus.  In her current position with the hospital, Ms. Pallitto represents the County in civil commitment and disciplinary hearings.  

Prior to this, Ms. Pallitto was an Assistant Prosecutor in Hudson County upon completing her clerkship with the Honorable Michael A. Petrolle, J.S.C. in the Essex County Criminal Division.  She was an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department at New Jersey City University from 2014-2017.  

 Ms. Pallitto obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Italian Studies from the University of California at San Diego in 2006.  After spending a year interning for Senator Robert Menendez in Washington, D.C., she returned to New Jersey to attend Seton Hall University School Law in Newark. 


carol b.

Great team to present course materials. Both presenters seem experienced and passionate about practice area. Very interesting.

Angie M.

I enjoyed this course. I feel very informed about DV cases.

elizabeth c.

They were both terrific. Dynamic, knowledgeable, and appropriate! Brava!

Andrew B.

Very interesting information for family attorneys.

Thomas M.

good course-two excellent presenters.

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