FREE LGBT+ Legal Access Training

August 29th-30th 9:00-5:00 PM • The Linen Building • Boise, ID

Nationally-recognized Faculty

Judge James Riehl
Judge Riehl served as a Kitsap County District Judge for 32 years from 1982 to 2014. Judge Riehl served as the President of the Washington State District and Municipal Court Judges Association from 1995-1996. He is a past member and past co-chair of the Board for Judicial Administration, which is responsible for setting policy for the judiciary of the State of Washington and is a past member of the Washington State Gender and Justice Commission as well as the Washington State Interpreter Commission. In 1996, the Washington State Misdemeanant Corrections Association named Judge Riehl “Judge of the Year”. In 1997 he organized the first ever Kitsap County Domestic Violence Summit, which brought together the community to address the issue of domestic violence. In 2003 he was instrumental in obtaining a federal grant for Kitsap District Court to resolve inconsistent provisions of multiple domestic violence protection orders and sat as the judge hearing those cases. The Washington State Bar Association presented him with the “Outstanding Judge Award” in September, 2014. Judge Riehl also has been active on the national level and is currently the District 9 representative for the Executive Committee of the National Conference of Specialized Court Judges of the American Bar Association; a Conference he has chaired in the past. He previously served as the Judicial Division liaison to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence. Riehl served as the American Bar Association’s advisor to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws that drafted a model law for purposes of enforcing domestic violence protection orders nationwide. He continues to serve as faculty in the training of judges and attorneys in the area of domestic and sexual violence. Riehl served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Judicial College from 2006 to 2012 as well as serving as an instructor and past Dean for the Judicial College for the State of Washington. In 2014, he served as a consultant and trainer of judges in Kosovo and plans on continuing consulting on an international basis.

Terra Russell-Slavin
Terra Slavin is the Deputy Director of the Policy and Community Building Department at the Los Angeles LGBT Center where she leads the LGBT policy department at the largest LGBT organization in the world. Her primary areas of responsibility include management and oversight of health and education policy, violence prevention and intervention efforts, government relations, legislative affairs and international programming. Prior to this position, Slavin was the Center’s Lead Staff Attorney, where she was the Project Manager of their Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project from January 2006 – February 2014. In this position she was responsible for overseeing the delivery of comprehensive and holistic legal services for LGBT survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, assisting more than 1,200 clients, and providing trainings on these issues to hundreds of attorneys, judges and advocates across the country. Slavin graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in May 2005. She began volunteering with the movement to end gender based violence more than 18 years ago and has continues to be a part of the effort to eradicate intimate partner and sexual violence.

Mieko Failey
Mieko Failey is a Staff Attorney and Project Manager of the Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project at the LA LGBT Center. Failey currently provides direct legal services to LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, as well as manages the delivery of direct legal services. Attorney Failey began working with DVLAP in August of 2011, and since that time, Failey has served hundreds of clients and provided training to hundreds of people, including law enforcement, social workers, attorneys, domestic violence service providers, physicians, and more. Failey began training on the issue of domestic violence and sexual assault in 2007 through her work with UC Berkeley’s Sexual Harassment Assault Advocacy Peer Education Program (SHAPE). Attorney Failey received her Bachelors in Sociology with highest distinction from UC Berkeley and received her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School with a Public Interest Concentration. Failey sits on The Childhood Sexual Abuse Prevention Advisory Council for Peace Over Violence, and is on the Executive Board of the Los Angeles County Domestic Violence Council. She has received awards from the Los Angeles Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association and The National LGBT Bar Association for her advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community.

Katie Wessling
Katherine (Katie) Wessling holds a B.A. cum laude in English/Economics from Truman State University and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law. In 1996 she started with Legal Advocates for Abused Women, a non-profit organization based in St. Louis providing free legal representation to domestic violence victims in a seven county area. In 2012 LAAW merged with the Crime Victim Advocacy Center of St. Louis, the oldest victim rights center in the country. Katie has either personally handled or overseen the handling of approximately 3000 Order of Protection cases.

In addition to legal representation, she is a frequent speaker and trainer in the community and nationally on issues of domestic violence. She trains community volunteers with the St. Louis Effort to End Violence Against Women (SLEVAWN) and has trained for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Academy on domestic violence law. She has been the keynote speaker at the Jefferson County Family Violence Council Conference and at Truman State University’s annual non-profit career conference. She is the author of The OP Booklet: A Step by Step Guide to the Order of Protection Process, which is used in area courthouses and shelters to explain the legal process to victims seeking information. She is active in many ways in the community. She served 3 years on the Board of Directors for the Women Lawyers’ Association of St. Louis. She has served two terms on the St. Louis Board of Education. She volunteered for ten years as a volunteer with the St. John’s Mercy Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Parent Support Group. In addition she is a Girl Scout troop leader for two troops and the Treasurer for the P.T.O.

Beth Posner
Beth S. Posner is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law whose area of practice and teaching has focused primarily on domestic violence and sexual assault and related family law and immigration issues. Beth earned her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College with honors, an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and her JD with honors from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Following graduation from law school, Beth coordinated and oversaw statewide domestic violence initiatives for what was then Legal Services of North Carolina and then spent three years practicing indigent criminal defense with the North Carolina Office of the Appellate Defender. From 2003-2013 Beth was a managing attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina and adjunct professor at UNC School of Law, and she was appointed to her current faculty position in 2013. At Carolina, Beth has taught in the Immigration and Civil Clinics and founded and teaches in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic in which students represent plaintiffs in state court in domestic violence protection order and other related matters. The Clinic has also recently expanded to represent complainants in Title IX sexual misconduct matters on other college campuses. Beth is an advisor for several student groups and pro bono projects involving domestic violence, sexual assault, family law, and reproductive justice. Beth has been trained by UNC to serve as a Title IX hearing panelist at UNC, and she currently serves on the University Appeals Panel of the Honor Court. In 2014, she was awarded UNC School of Law’s Faculty of the Year Pro Bono Publico Award. In addition to her teaching at Carolina, Beth teaches nationally as a faculty member for the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. In North Carolina, she regularly provides substantive technical assistance to domestic violence and family law attorneys and coordinates and participates in trainings for lawyers, advocates, students, and social services providers on issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Amie Lopez
Amie Lopez is a professor at the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. Ms. Lopez is an attorney with a specialized practice in issues relating to domestic and sexual violence, including systemic gender oppression, intersectionality of marginalization, and outlets for active reform. Ms. Lopez serves as the Colorado liaison for the legal reform movement to increase awareness and implementation of anti-domestic violence efforts in the human rights context. Ms. Lopez also provides consultation to the United State Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, regarding best practices for agencies that deliver services to victims of intimate partner violence. Formerly, Ms. Lopez served as a National Training and Policy Attorney at the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, she supported initiatives designed to assist lawyers representing victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking through development and publication of legal manuals, treatises, texts and training curricula; provision of legal technical assistance; and delivery of interactive national training Institutes. Ms. Lopez formerly served as legal counsel for the Bringing Justice Home Project in Fort Collins, where she represented victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in family law cases, protection order hearings, landlord/tenant disputes, consumer protection matters, and immigration petitions; conducted county and state-wide training for civil and criminal litigators on the delivery of effective services to victims of violence; and promulgated applicable legal reform to create greater legal protection for victims. Ms. Lopez also served as a Deputy District Attorney for Colorado’s 8th Judicial District, prosecuting criminal matters, including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, stalking, weapons violations, and protection order violations. Ms. Lopez is member of the Colorado Women’s Agenda and Colorado Women’s Bar Association.

Rebecca Henry
Rebecca Henry is the Deputy Chief Counsel of the Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence at the American Bar Association, where she serves as an expert resource on domestic and sexual violence and the law to ABA leadership and staff, attorneys, judges, legislators, the media, and others. The mission of the Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence is to mobilize the legal profession to improve access to justice and safety for victims of domestic and sexual violence, by providing expert, comprehensive education for the legal profession, information to the public to change social norms, and advocacy for system reform, all with a focus on serving the needs of marginalized or vulnerable communities. After clerking on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Nashville, Tennessee, Rebecca worked as a Coffin Fellow at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Portland, Maine, representing domestic violence survivors and their children in complex family matters. Upon completing her Fellowship, Rebecca was staff attorney and then project director of the OVW-funded Elder Justice Project at Maine’s Legal Services for the Elderly. As Project Director she developed and presented trainings to hundreds of police officers, prosecutors and court staff about best practices for criminal justice interventions for elder abuse. Since joining the ABA, Rebecca has been actively involved in several policy initiatives and collaborative efforts to strengthen legal supports for survivors of gender-based violence, including the development of the ABA Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking in Civil Protection Order Cases, several committees of the Uniform Law Commission, and the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, supporting VAWA Reauthorization in 2012.

Rebecca is admitted to the New York and Maine bars. She earned her law degree from New York University, where she received the New York Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Award and served as a senior editor of the Review of Law and Social Change. Rebecca received her MA in philosophy and feminist theory from the University of Minnesota.

John Wilkinson
Mr. Wilkinson is Attorney Advisor at AEquitas. Mr. Wilkinson was the Program Manager for the Gun Violence, Homeland Security, and Southwest Border Crime Programs of the National District Attorneys Association and served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Fredericksburg, VA prosecuting intimate partner violence and sexual assault, including cases of campus sexual assaults and domestic violence homicide. He also served on the Fredericksburg Area SART and prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases and assisted in the development of the Mary Washington Hospital SANE Program. Mr. Wilkinson also served as an Assistant Public Defender.

Anya Lynn-Alesker
Anya Lynn-Alesker is the Managing Attorney for American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence. Anya leads the Commission’s training and technical assistance initiatives, designs curricula for trainings to assist lawyers representing victims of domestic and sexual violence through interactive continuing legal education programs, and provides legal technical assistance and consults with attorneys nationally in the areas of domestic and sexual violence. Anya has long worked at the intersection of domestic and sexual violence within the workplace, and addressing the needs of marginalized and vulnerable communities, particularly victims who are Limited English Proficient, immigrants, and/or people who are d/Deaf or who have disabilities. Anya has specific expertise on the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender (LGBT) survivors of domestic and sexual violence, providing consultation nationally on improving access to justice for LGBT survivors. Anya also supports Commission work on the publication of legal manuals, treatises and texts and promotion of protective state and federal legislation. Anya is a Deputy Diversity Officer for the American Bar Association and promotes an inclusive environment for staff.