Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


February 1, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law will host its third annual Domestic Violence Symposium Feb. 11-15, featuring guest speakers addressing legal issues encountered by women seeking relief from domestic violence. The symposium is free and open to the public.

In addition to sponsoring speakers, law student organizations will coordinate the collection of needed items to be donated to women and children residing in shelters.

The domestic violence symposium lectures will be presented in the Walsh Classroom of the Underwood Law Library, 6550 Hillcrest Ave. The schedule is as follows:

Feb. 11

Noon to 1 p.m.
“Providing a Safe Haven”
Genesis Women’s Shelter Executive Director Jan Langbein

Feb. 12
12:15 a.m. -1:15 p.m.
“Best Interest of the Child -- Who Has Possession/Access?” panel discussion featuring Associate Judge Jeff Coen of the 303rd Judicial District Court; Assistant District Attorney and Juvenile Section Deputy Chief Michael Munden; family law attorney Darlene Ewing
Feb. 13
Noon to 1 p.m.
“Protective Orders”
Dallas County Assistant District Attorney, Cindy Dyer, Family Violence Unit
Feb. 14
12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
“Children Exposed to Violence ---- What Are the Issues?” panel discussion featuring Dallas Police Department Lt. William Walsh, Youth and Family Support Division; The Family Place Executive Director Paige Flink; Victim Outreach Director Melanie Prescott, New Beginning Shelter; Child Protective Services program administrator Susan Etheridge
Feb. 15
Noon to 1 p.m.
Brown bag open discussion with a survivor of domestic violence

SMU staff members also are planning a community service project during the week of Feb. 11-15 to benefit women and children survivors of domestic violence.