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Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic

In the Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic (FVWR), students are invited to join the fight towards attaining justice and safety for victims of intimate partner violence.

Serving the unmet needs of local survivors of domestic violence in Western New York, the Family Violence & Women's Right Clinic seeks to fill the gap to ensure victims of violence receive the proper legal representation needed in many areas of the law, including: family offense petitions, child support, custody, and visitation cases.

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Judith Olin, Director of the Family Violence and Women’s Rights Clinic

University at Buffalo
School of Law
415 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100

The Family Violence & Women’s Rights Clinic is proudly funded partially by the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and generous donors of the FVWRC.

About the Clinic Student Engagement Current Projects News

Summer 2019-Veteran Clinic Student Attorney Ashley Jindra conducts and wins a trial in Erie County Family Court regarding supervised visitation.

Fall 2019-Student Attorneys pose for their annual “clothesline” photo in which they worked collaboratively with the student -run Domestic Violence Task Force.

January 2020- Clinic Student Attorney Darian Wilkom delivers a training on the ins and outs of family offense petitions for advocates in the Erie County Domestic Violence Alliance.  

January 2020– Clinic Student Attorneys  deliver a teen dating violence prevention training to hundreds of high school students at West Seneca West High School.  Their presentation focused on teen dating violence awareness and equipped them with literature on how to help and where to get help in their community.

February 2020 – Clinic student Jon Francisco gave a presentation on teen civil rights at the annual “Healthy Relationships Summit,” sponsored by the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women at the Buffalo History Museum.

February 2020- Clinic student Kenisha Flowers delivers a training on family offense petitions and family court to new advocates at the Family Justice Center.

2019-2020 Student Attorneys agree to represent a non-parent relative in a complex third party custody case and reach a successful outcome through extensive negotiations and hearing.

Beth Taylor at Family Court.

Beth Taylor at Family Court.

October 15-16, 2018 – Clinic Student Attorneys presented to four sections of high school seniors during their Health class at Niagara Falls High School. Their presentation focused on teen dating violence awareness and equipped them with literature on how to help and where to get help in their community.

October 2018 - The Clinic joined with the law student-led Domestic Violence Task Force to participate in the annual “Clothes-Line Project," toiletry drive for DV survivors and their children, and other community events marking this important time of the year.

October 2018 - Clinic students conducted a hearing seeking to expunge a neglect finding lodged by a local child welfare agency against a client who was wrongfully accused of assaulting her boyfriend in front of their children.

May 2018 - Along with advocates for DV survivors from around New York State, five Clinic students attended the annual Legislative Day of Action, where they met with local legislators to urge passage of dv reform legislation.

Spring 2018 - Clinic students represented a high- risk survivor of intimate partner violence. By getting the client a safe emergency cell phone, and obtaining an order of sole child custody, students helped her escape from a violent stalker who was tracking her every move. Happily, he is serving a state prison sentence for his crimes against the client.  

The Legal Resources for Domestic Violence Victims in Erie County brochure, created by clinic students Madison Ozella and Casey Pagano, was circulated to domestic violence service providers and survivors throughout Erie and Niagara counties.