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December 22, 2004

Happy Holidays Everyone

I probably won't post at all until after the New Year. I've finished most of the Christmas shopping. My son leaves to go see his dad today. I have an article to finish (and I'm feeling too lazy to do it), and I have another short story to send to Scarlet in the next couple of days.

I just wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday season since it's unlikely I'll post anything new until after January 1. Take care everyone, and enjoy the comments. Ignore the trolls. They aren't worth the energy.

Posted on December 22, 2004 at 07:32 AM | Permalink


Im quite worth the energy thank you...and have a happy holiday's yourself

Posted by: "dave" at Dec 23, 2004 11:59:47 AM

That's so sweet, Dave. I hope you have a great time over the holidays, too.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Dec 23, 2004 1:00:08 PM

Enjoy the holidays Trish and everyone else, whatever you celebrate.


Posted by: NYMOM at Dec 23, 2004 1:14:29 PM

Thanks, NYMOM. I celebrate Yule and Christmas. I hope yours is enjoyable too.

Posted by: Trish Wilson at Dec 23, 2004 1:34:12 PM

Happy Happy.

Don't work too hard.

Posted by: Roxanne at Dec 23, 2004 4:34:12 PM

The Second National Battered Mother's Custody Conference

"Battered Women, Abused Children, and Child Custody: A National Crisis"
A Continued Examination of A Compelling Problem, A Crucial Search For Answers

To Be Held The Weekend of January 7th , 8th & 9th, 2005 Sarazen Student Center, Siena College, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY 12211 (Albany). Visit www.batteredmotherscustodyconference.org or see brochure (attached or on Website) for registration, schedule, topics, fees, scholarships, hotel discount, and other details.

Following in the footsteps of its groundbreaking predecessor (the First National Battered Mother's Custody Conference, held Jan. 9-10, 2004), BMCC II draws together a further unprecedented collaboration of leading national experts with state-of-the-art knowledge of the legal, social, and psychological issues facing battered women as they struggle to protect their children in and out of America's family and criminal courts.

The purpose of the First National Battered Mother's Custody Conference was to examine these issues in order to bring them to the light of day, for they have long been hidden behind the closed doors of family courts, judicial chambers, and social services offices. Now, building upon that continued effort, BMCC II seeks to develop immediate and long-term solutions that all attendees - advocates, victims, attorneys, judges, law enforcement, and social workers - will be able to share and implement and in their home jurisdictions.

BMCC II Presenters Include:
 Lundy Bancroft (Friday night pre-conference workshop), worked to expose the human rights abuses committed against battered mothers and their children by family courts and to bring about court reform; expert on compassionate batterer interventions; author of the seminal The Batterer As Parent (with J. Silverman) and Why does He Do That? Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men;
 Renee Beeker, Child Custody Family Law Task Force, MI NOW, author of Court Watch Tool
 The Honorable Karen Burstein, former New York City Family Court judge; as a legislator, Burstein co-authored New York State's original domestic violence legislation in the 1970’s and co-chaired the Governor’s Task Force and Commission on Domestic Violence until an Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence was created in 1979.
 Karla Digiralomo, Unity House Domestic Violence Services, Albany, NY;
 Richard Ducote, Esq., who has represented battered women and their children in 44 states and abroad; author of landmark legislation to protect battered mothers and their children in custody disputes, Post Separation Violence Relief Act, La. R.S. 9:361-369, and of Guardians Ad Litem In Private Custody Litigation: The Case For Abolition;
 Nancy S. Erickson, attorney and specialist in forensic custody evaluations, especially those involving battered women;
 Sherry Frohman, Exec. Dir., New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence;
 Kim Gandy, National President, National Organization for Women;
 Barry Goldstein, Esq., author of "Scared To Leave, Afraid To Stay", Goldstein is a New York state attorney who represents battered women in custody matters. (Correction: Goldstein is representing Jill Schottenstein, not Sarah Schottenstein).
 Karen Hartley-Nagle, formerly battered mother running in the 17th Senatorial District (DE) on a Protective Parent platform;
 Charles, Diane, and Kristin Hofheimer,, Nationally known legal team whose Virginia practice is devoted to representing women in divorce, custody, & visitation cases;
 Rita Henley Jensen, Editor In Chief of Women’s eNews, an on-line daily news service reaching 20,000 members of the press;
 Eileen King, Regional Dir., Justice for Children, Washington, D.C. Chapter, prominent national advocate for abused children's rights;
 Donna Mathews, Esq., Assistant Director, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence;
 Jeremiah McKenna, former chief counsel to the New York State Senate Committee on Crime and Correction and former state prosecutor;
 Amy Neustein, Ph.D., co-author (w/ Michael Lesher, Esq.) of From Madness to Mutiny: Why Mothers Are Running From the Family Courts and What Can Be Done About It, recipient of the 1996 Humanitarian Award from the Mothers Against Sexual Abuse;
 Marcia Pappas, Co-President, Albany Chapter, National Organization for Women;
 The Honorable Jacqueline W. Silbermann, Administrative Judge, Matrimonial Division, NYS Supreme Court;
 Timothy M. Tippins, Esq., Former Chair, New York State Bar Association Family Law Section;
 Wendy Titleman, protective mother, founder of Kourts for Kids;
 Trudell Van Burkleo, Ph.D., has counseled over 1000 battered mothers and their children transitioning out of domestic violence while locked into protracted litigation with the batterer;
 Garland Waller, assistant professor in the TV and Film Department at Boston University and the recipient of numerous awards, including 6 New England Emmys, her first independent documentary,
 Small Justice: Little Justice in America's Family Courts, won “Best Social Documentary” at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival and another award at the Indie Film Festival. Waller is currently fundraising for her second documentary on family court injustice in Massachusetts;
 Karen Winner, investigative journalist, former policy analyst for the NYC Dept. of Consumer Affairs under former Commissioner Mark Green, and author of the groundbreaking book, Divorced from Justice: The Abuse of Women and Children by Divorce Lawyers and Judges;
 Gwen Wright, New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence;
 Robin Yeamans, Esq., whose work with parent groups lead to the virtual eradication of custody decisions harmful to children and battered women in Santa Clara County, CA, is now a Certified Appellate Specialist who travels the US teaching grassroots organization for family court reform;
 Joan Zorza, Esq., co-author of parts of the Violence Against Women Act, editor of Domestic Violence Report, Sexual Assault Report, and the two volume books, Violence Against Women, Zorza has long been recognized as the leader of the movement to protect battered women and their children for the past 30 years; although she no longer takes cases, she has represented over 2,000 battered women, only two of whom lost custody of their children.

The Second National Battered Mother's Custody Conference is sponsored by Siena College,
Loudonville, New York , and the following Siena organizations:
Dept. of Social Work
Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy
Women’s and Multicultural Studies Comm.
Campus Action, Siena Greens, Peace Studies,
New York State NOW and Albany NOW
The National Organization for Women
The National Association of Social Workers, NE Division

Mo Therese Hannah, Conference Chair
mhannah413@aol.com; 518-210-2487
Liliane Heller Miller, Conference Vice Chair
lrhmiller@bellsouth.net; 704-393-8227

Posted by: Liliane Miller at Dec 26, 2004 1:51:13 AM