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The Violence Against Women Act and Its Impact on the U.S. Supreme Court and International Law

  • 9:00 am - 12:15 pm
  • School of Law Room 203

3-Hour Substantive Credit CLE

As part of a statewide program to spotlight the Violence Against Women Act, Duquesne University School of Law is pleased to present a half-day program on the 20-year history of this Act, providing both a domestic and international focus.

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard several cases that directly or indirectly involve victims of gendered violence. Most of these cases have been the result of either legal issues raised under VAWA or increased state involvement as encouraged by VAWA. These cases have had mixed results. On occasion, the Court has recognized state complicity in the perpetration of gendered violence and how the law might impact those in abusive relationships. But more frequently, it has ignored or dismissed victims and has refused to recognize any affirmative state obligations to end gendered violence. These later cases contrast sharply with cases decided in international tribunals that have reframed gendered violence as a human rights issue.

In this continuing legal education course, keynote speaker Professor Cheryl Hanna will review some of the key Supreme Court cases in this area, and will then discuss cases from both the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights to contrast current American and international approaches of ending violence against women and girls. She hopes to spark discussion and debate as to how advocacy before the U.S. Supreme Court and in international law might evolve to better vindicate the rights of women in spirit in which VAWA was intended.

Other speakers will address various issues related to Professor Hanna's keynote address.


The Violence Against Women Act and its Impact on the U.S. Supreme Court and International Law:
A Story of Vindication, Loss, and a New Human Rights Paradigm
8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 a.m. Welcome and Introductions, Associate Dean Jane Campbell Moriarty
9:05 a.m. - 10 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Professor Cheryl Hanna, Vermont Law School (45 min.) and Q&A (15 min.)
10 a.m. - 10:10 am. Break
10:10 - 11:30 a.m.

Panel I, Followed by Q&A
Moderated by Associate Dean Jane Campbell Moriarty

Professor Patricia Falk, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Professor Nancy Chi Cantalupo, Georgetown University Law Center
Professor Judith Lipton, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

11:30 - 11:40 a.m. Break
11:40 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Panel II, Followed by Q&A
Moderated by Lisette McCormick, Esq. Pa. Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Fairness

Professor Rona Kaufman Kitchen, Duquesne University School of Law
Judy Hale Reed, International Development Professional and School of Law Student

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Special rates for nonprofit and public agency attorneys. No charge for attendance without CLE credit. Students welcome.

Payment for CLE can be made online at the time of registration (Visa, MC, Discover) or at the door with cash, check or credit card. Registration is required for all.


Please contact cle@duq.edu or 412.396.6300.