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Domestic Violence Project Awards and Recognition

Volunteers of the year: Jennifer Bonneville, of counsel with Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Kendra Thomas, Certified Family Law Specialist.

Clark Brown, LACBA General Counsel & CAO ; Jennifer Bonneville, of counsel with Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Sara Rondon, LACBA DVP Project Coordinator; Kendra Thomas, Certified Family Law Specialist. — at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

On April 7, 2014 the County of Los Angeles honored two of LACBA DVP volunteers for their dedication to providing services to domestic violence victims in Los Angeles County.  The awards were presented at a luncheon held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which was attended by county dignitaries including the LA County Board of Supervisors.

Jennifer Bonneville, of counsel with Steptoe & Johnson LLP, has been a volunteer with the DVP since 2009, and has generously given her time to assist those in domestic violence situations. Jennifer states “the time I spend at the Domestic Violence Project is my chance to make a difference to an individual. This is not only a huge responsibility, but a chance to empower them so that they are no longer victims.”

Kendra Thomas, a certified family law specialist, has been volunteering with the Project since 2010.  Assisting in the DVP clinic, and also representing clients at their hearings, Kendra has donated hundreds of hours working with victims of domestic violence.  Kendra states “She is excited about helping people achieve justice because she believes that no one should have to live in fear.”

Thank you to both Jennifer and Kendra for their time and dedication.  LACBA’s DVP is in its 28th year of providing legal services to victims of violence in both the Central and Northeast districts of Los Angeles County.  Without volunteers like them, LACBA DVP would not be able to assist the thousands of victims it sees each year.  For more information on the DVP, and how you can help, please visit our website at www.lacba.org/dvp.

Plus Foundation Donates $2,500

On August 29, 2011, the Plus Foundation's Southern California chapter donated $2500 to LACBA's Domestic Violence Project. Shown in the photograph are Directing Attorney Deborah A. Kelly receiving a check from Dana Garcia of Travelers Insurance, along with Melvin Osswald (middle) of NAS Insurance Services and Joe Robuck (right side) of Worldwide Facilities, Inc.

DVP Participates in USC Law School's Explore LA

On August 18, 2011, LACBA's Domestic Violence Project participated in USC Law School's Explore LA! program. The goals of Explore LA! are:
1) To learn about local public interest agencies, their practice areas and volunteer opportunities
2) Learn about and use the Metro public transportation
3) Meet their classmates and 2L peer mentors

Thank you USC for including LACBA and the DVP in your 1st ever Explore LA Day! And to all of the wonderful 1L's that visited…. Good Luck in Law School!

Abby Friedman Honored at LACBA Installation Dinner

Abby Friedman received the Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award at the LACBA Installation Dinner in June, 2011. She is a partner in the law firm of Friedman & Friedman, which specializes in Family Law. Abby made valuable contributions to the Domestic Violence Project in a myriad of ways including: Personally volunteering at the Project, asking her associations to volunteer at the Project, improving volunteer scheduling which increased the number of victims assisted by more than 25%, and helping to spearhead the Project's 25th anniversary fundraiser, which resulted in an $80,000 net profit for the Project.

DVP Celebrates 25 Years

Since its founding in 1986, the Domestic Violence Project has helped more than 100,000 victims of domestic violence navigate the legal system at a critical point in their lives. In 2011, DVP celebrates its 25th anniversary. Read the press release by clicking HERE. Read about the event in the March 11 edition of The Los Angeles Daily Journal here. and be sure to take a look at the photos of the event HERE.


Volunteer Recognition and Awards Luncheon

On April 12, 2010, LACBA Executive Director Sally Suchil, former LACBA President Don Mike Anthony, and Domestic Violence Project Directing Attorney Deborah Kelly, attended the County of Los Angeles Volunteer Recognition and Awards Luncheon. Volunteers of LACBA's Domestic Violence Project, Michele McCaslin and Carlos Olivares, were honored at the event. We observe this annual luncheon during National Volunteer Week. The County Board of Supervisors and other local dignitaries joined in celebrating the 2.7 million hours that individuals donated to a wide range of programs benefitting the community during 2009.