You’re Invited! Los Angeles Paralegal Assoc. Hosts Center Talk on Domestic Violence and Incarcerated Moms


The LAPA Family Law Section


Domestic Violence and Mothers Behind Bars

Incarcerated mothers, who are survivors of domestic violence and non-violent offenders are one of the fastest growing prison populations in California.

Featuring: Meredith Alexander, Esq., of Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law

This presentation will explore the specific connection between domestic violence and parental incarceration, and the negative effects that domestic violence and incarceration have on parents, children, and their family law cases. Ms. Alexander will discuss the impact of Family Law Code Section 3044, together with an in-depth analysis of the difference between the “best interests of the child” standard and the “change in circumstances” standard for modifying custody orders. Attendees will also learn how to develop custody and visitation plans to help parents reconnect with their children.

Meredith Alexander, Esq. is a Staff Attorney at the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law and served as the Legal Instructor for the Center’s Mothers Behind Bars Project. Ms. Alexander provides direct legal services to low-income individuals for their family law matters. The majority of her clients are survivors of domestic violence. She also taught classes to incarcerated mothers at the Los Angeles County Jail on the Dependency, Family and Probate court systems.

Date: Thursday, June 28, 2012

Location: Westside Tavern @ the Westwood Room

10850 West Pico Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90064

Check-in and Mixer: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Program: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Gourmet Appetizers, Cash and Carry Bar, and LAPA 40th Anniversary Cake!
3 hours free parking with validation
Registration: $30.00 for LAPA Members (if registered by June 25, 2012)
$25 for students (students must show a current student ID)
$35.00 for Non-Members and Late Registration
No refunds or cancellations.
For additional information, Contact Catherine Peck:

LAPA is a State Bar of California Approved Provider and certifies that this seminar qualifies for 1 hour of MCLE credit