The 3rd Annual Women in Law Leadership Lecture

Roger Williams University School of LawRegistration Required

The third annual RWU Law Women in Law Leadership Lecture, featuring Amy Barasch, Esq. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
5:00 - 6:00 PM ET
Hybrid in-person/virtual program

Amy Barasch Esq. is the Executive Director of Her Justice, a non-profit that connects over 7,000 low-income women and children who have legal needs in the areas of family, matrimonial and immigration law to pro bono attorneys every year. Ms. Barasch has devoted most of her career to the issue of intimate partner violence at nonprofits, government agencies, and law firms.

Until fall, 2012, Ms. Barasch served as the Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. During her tenure, Ms. Barasch was central to the implementation of improvements made to New York’s response to intimate partner violence, such as the launch of a statewide database of police-reported domestic incidents; the inclusion of domestic violence as a high-priority issue in all State-level anti-crime initiatives; the creation of a State-level Fatality Review process; the issuance of a domestic violence and the workplace policy in all state agencies; and ensuring responsive and up-to-date training for local governmental employees in the areas of child welfare, public safety, temporary assistance, healthcare, and probation.

Prior to joining state government, Ms. Barasch was a member of the New York City Office to Combat Domestic Violence where she designed and ran an interagency high risk case conferencing program in Brooklyn and the Bronx, which became the basis of the Brooklyn Family Justice Center. Ms. Barasch led the design team and ran the Brooklyn FJC until she joined the State. Prior to joining the City, Ms. Barasch represented victims of domestic violence in family court in order of protection, custody and visitation, and abuse and neglect cases, in private practice, and as the creator and director of a law student externship program in Westchester, New York at the Pace Women’s Justice Center.

Ms. Barasch has published and spoken publicly about partner violence throughout her career; and has served as the chair of the NYC Bar Association’s Domestic Violence Committee, as a member of the New York State Domestic Violence Advisory Council and the Avon Foundation’s Advisory Council. She is currently a member of the NYC Bar Association’s Pro Bono committee.

Reception immediately following lecture. 

Masks are required when not actively eating or drinking.

RWU Law community may register for in-person attendance here

Zoom Webinar registration here

Due to the current COVID restrictions on campus, we encourage non-RWU Law Community to register for this hybrid program virtually.

In addition to Ms. Barasch, the event will feature our announcement of the winners of the RBG Essay Contest for RI schoolchildren.

This event is made possible by the generosity of Presenting Sponsors Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. and Cervenka Green & Ducharme LLC


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and individual support from First Women honorees Louise Durfee (1966) and Myrth York (1977).

Make a gift to the Women in Law Leadership Lecture Series at RWU Law

Special Accommodations
Persons who, because of a special need or condition, would like to request an accommodation for an event should contact the RWU Law Events, as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.