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Evidentiary Issues in California Civil Domestic Violence Cases (Audio Only)

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Produced on January 29, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 30m
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This one-and-a-half hour program will cover various evidence issues that commonly arise in California family law cases involving domestic violence and how to overcome those challenges in order to successfully present evidence to the court.

Kemi Mustapha, a staff attorney from Bay Area Legal Aid's family law practice will provide practical pointers on presenting persuasive victim-witness testimony, strategies on getting specific documents and testimony admitted into evidence over objections, and advice on handling discovery issues in a civil proceeding while there is a pending criminal case.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss common myths and misconceptions regarding survivors' testimony in civil domestic violence cases
  2. Develop strategies for competently representing survivors who are experiencing trauma
  3. Identify when prior bad acts and propensity evidence, including criminal convictions, can be admitted into evidence in domestic violence cases
  4. Review step-by-step procedures for getting medical records, official records, and foreign language-documents admitted into evidence
  5. Overcome People v. Sanchez objections to expert witness testimony
  6. Gain successful strategies for authenticating electronic evidence, including social media evidence
  7. Examine when and how to assert client's Marsy's Law rights when discovery is propounded in domestic violence cases
  8. Determine when to stay discovery and civil proceedings because of pending criminal case

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Kemi Mustapha

Bay Area Legal Aid

Kemi Mustapha is a Staff Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal), the largest provider of free legal services to the poor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her practice is devoted exclusively to representing domestic violence survivors in all aspects of family law litigation. Kemi completed a two-year Equal Justice Works fellowship at BayLegal’s San Francisco County Regional Office dedicated to expanding and improving delivery of direct legal services to African-American domestic violence survivors through culturally competent representation, advocacy, community education, and collaboration with other legal and social services providers. She spent several years working in BayLegal's Alameda County Regional Office before transferring to the Santa Clara County Regional Office in November 2017.

Kemi served as a member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the Alameda County Bar Association. She has previously served on the board of Black Women Lawyers of Northern California and chaired the Domestic Violence Committee of the Queen's Bench Bar Association.

Kemi earned her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2010. 

Fawn Jade Koopman

Bay Area Legal Aid

Fawn Jade Koopman is a staff attorney at the San Francisco office of Bay Area Legal Aid, a legal services agency providing free legal assistance to low-income individuals. Fawn received her J.D. from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is licensed in both Hawaiʻi and California, and moved to the Bay Area last year.  

Since 2012, Fawn has been representing survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking in their family law and immigration cases. Fawn has provided a variety of trainings on domestic violence theory and practice for attorneys, judges, public servants, domestic violence agencies, and direct service providers. She also drafted Hawaiʻi's first Address Confidentiality Program bill for the Women's Legislative Caucus, and chaired a public interest grant making organization responsible for providing over 5,000 hours per year of pro bono work.


Daska B.

Some of the speakers could polish their delivery.

Michelle O.

Very good "deep dive" into this practice area.

Geralyn C.

Excellent presentation

David D.

Comprehensive and informative presentation of evidentiary requirements and exceptions for domestic abuse cases. Particular interest of discussion of new e-based evidence.

George A.

great course. Great work the presenters are doing.

Corinne C.

good overview of the law of evidence

Larry D.

Very well researched presentation

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