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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.

Representing Victims of Crime CLE Friday October 21, 2016

LSSM is sponsoring "Representing Victims of Crime" CLE on Friday, October 21, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:20 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. 

  8:30 a.m.  Registration

  9:00 a.m.  Working with Victims and Preparing for the Client Interview
                   Chelsea Wisdom, Domestic Violence Unit Social Worker, Legal Services of Southern Missouri,
Springfield, MO
                   Lauryl Wagoner, Domestic Violence Victim Advocate, The Victim Center, Springfield, MO

  9:50 a.m. How to Effectively Work with the GAL as the Parents Attorney
Katherine M. Wessling, Managing Attorney, Legal Advocates for Abused Women Project Crime Victim
                   Advocacy Center St. Louis, MO

10:40 a.m.  Break

11:00 a.m.   Lethality Assessments and Keeping Your Client Safe
                    David Millsap, Sheriff, Laclede County

11:50 a.m.  Lunch

12:30 a.m. Victim Rights in Criminal Cases
                   Sarah Donelan, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Greene County Prosecutor’s Office, Springfield, MO

  1:20 p.m. Using Social Media and Evidence in Domestic Violence Cases
                   Amanda Dumey, Domestic Violence Unit Managing Attorney, Legal Services of Southern Missouri,
Amanda Brown, Law Office of Amanda K. Brown, Springfield, MO


  2:10 p.m.  Break

  2:30 p.m.  Immigration Considerations in DV Cases

  3:20 p.m.  Adjourn

The CLE is offered free to LSSM Pro Bono and Judicare Panel Members.  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

6 hours MCLE credit pending approval. 

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