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Equal access to justice is the very foundation that our judicial system was built on; however, many people are denied this basic right merely because they cannot afford legal representation. LSSM has been able to expand its services in providing quality legal representation and advice due to private bar involvement. As a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Project and Judicare Program, LSSM provides free continuing legal education (CLE) courses for lawyers focusing on poverty law. These MCLE approved seminars are offered several times per year. If you are interested in helping low-income people in Southern Missouri you may sign-up to join the pro bono and/or judicare panels by attending one of our CLE's. LSSM also provides training for domestic violence advocates, social workers, law enforcement and other professionals working with low-income families and the elderly.

Advocacy for Domestic Violence Victims CLE Thursday October 23, 2014

LSSM is sponsoring "Advocacy for Domestic Violence Victims" CLE on Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  The seminar will be presented live at the Doubletree Hotel located at 2431 North Glenstone Avenue, Springfield, Missouri, and presented via video conferencing at LSSM's offices in Cape Girardeau, Charleston, Rolla and West Plains. 

11:30 a.m.    Registration and Lunch

12:00 p.m.    Recognize and Screen for Intimate Partner Violence and Power and Control Tactics
   Becky Vermeire, Executive Director, The Crisis Center, Branson, MO                                                                           Sunny Stamps, Sexual Violance Victim Advocate, The Crisis Center, Branson, MO

12:50 p.m.    How to Work with Child Victims
   Dr. Cindy Baker, LPC, NCC, Proprietor, Touchstone, LLC, Ozark, MO

  1:40 p.m.     Break

  2:00 p.m.     Identify the Legal Needs and Privacy and Confidentiality Issues of Clients                                                            Michael Cato, Staff Attorney, Legal Services of Southern Missouri, Cape Girardeau, MO

  2:50 p.m.     Develop Safety Plans for Clients and Work Collaboratively with Community Resources to                                  Ensure Safety                                                                                                                                                                  Becky Vermeire, Executive Director, The Crisis Center, Branson, MO                                                                           Sunny Stamps, Sexual Violence Victim Advocate, The Crisis Center, Branson, MO

  3:40 p.m.    Gathering Evidence in Abuse Cases
                      Sarah Donelan
, Managing Attorney, Legal Services of Southern Missouri, Springfield, MO

  4:30 p.m.      Adjourn

The CLE is offered free to LSSM Pro Bono and Judicare Panel Members and to victim advocates.  Registration is required.  You may register on line by clicking the "register" button below; or by contacting Sharon Alexander at 417.881.1397, ext. 1327; or by fax 417.881.2159; or email

 This seminar qualifies for 5 MCLE credit hours.

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