On June 12th, NYLAG’s Domestic Violence Clinical Center (DVCC) celebrated its 10 th Anniversary at the A.I.R. Gallery in New York City. Speaking to over 200 guests, Kim Susser, Director of the Matrimonial and Family Law Unit at NYLAG and the driving force behind DVCC, opened the evening’s program. She said, “The DVCC has been able to alleviate much of the physical and emotional burden faced by victims and their families. The passion, knowledge and dedication of DVCC students are invaluable. By endowing them with substantive experience, the DVCC will continue to empower new lawyers with the skills needed to help victims break free from domestic violence.”

Created in 1998, the Domestic Violence Clinical Center (DVCC) uses the power of the law to help women combat domestic violence. It operates as a collaborative project between NYLAG and area law schools, offering a year-long externship for second and thirdyear law students to learn the skills necessary to represent battered women in Family Court.

Under a Student Practice Order that allows them to practice under the supervision of NYLAG attorneys, DVCC students litigate family offense and domestic violence-related visitation and custody cases, handling matters from initial client consultations to court hearings. In addition, the students learn from practicing NYLAG attorneys about family, immigration and criminal law matters related to domestic violence. By providing the opportunity to both learn and litigate, the Clinic simultaneously bolsters NYLAG’s capacity to serve clients with domestic violence issues and provides students with valuable public interest law experience.

The DVCC was launched ten years ago with the generous support of the late Marty Silverman, whose memory was honored at the 10 th Anniversary celebration. Yisroel Schulman, NYLAG’s President & Attorneyin-Charge, presented a plaque to the Silverman Charitable Group noting that the DVCC is continuously inspired by Mr. Silverman’s ever present spirit. Mr. Schulman said that the DVCC staff and volunteer’s embrace Mr. Siverman’s spirit of service as well as one of his favorite mantras, “We are not through until we are through.”

NYLAG is grateful to all the guests who supported DVCC through the 10 th Anniversary Celebration and we especially want to recognize the event’s major sponsors: Cleary Gottlieb, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, CBS Corporation, St. John’s University School of Law, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Alston + Bird LLP, and Abby S. Milstein, Esq.

For more information about the Domestic Violence Clinical Center, contact Lisa Rivera, Esq., at [email protected]