Domestic Violence Trends in the Context of Bail Reform and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Statistics strongly suggest that the incidence of domestic violence has increased considerably during the pandemic — at the same time that the discretion of judges to detain or set bail has been reduced.
This two-part Domestic Violence Awareness Month program sponsored by the Third Judicial District Gender Fairness Committee will first discuss bail reform, the unintended impact on DV cases and possible legislative adjustments to the new law. The second part will examine the dynamics, pitfalls and future of DV cases during the pandemic era.
Hon. Rachel Kretser (Ret.), chair, Gender Fairness Committee, will moderate two panel discussions comprised of distinguished attorneys, judges, professors and professionals.
Co-sponsored by the Albany County Bar Association, Albany Law School, Center for Women in Government, The Legal Project, National Association of Women Judges-NY and Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York.
- October 28, 2020
- 2:00 PM
- 4:00 PM
- Virtual Participation
- Hon. Rachel Kretser, (Ret.), Chair, Gender Fairness Committee
- Hon. Andra Ackerman, Albany County Judge
- Ellen Schell, Esq., Counsel, NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
- Heather L. Dukes, Esq., Senior Attorney, Unity House Law Project
- Hon. Richard Rivera, Albany County Family Court Judge and Supervising Judge of the Domestic Violence Courts
- Jaya L. Connors, Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Family Violence Litigation Clinic at the Justice Center at Albany Law School
- Committee on Continuing Legal Education