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Intimate Partner Violence and Technology Abuse: Representing the Legal Services Client in the New York State Courts

Speaker(s): Ian Harris, Isabel Heine, Terry Lawson
Recorded on: Jul. 17, 2018
PLI Program #: 220589

Isabel Heine is a Senior Staff Attorney with the Family and Immigration Unit at Bronx Legal Services. Ms. Heine is a 2014 graduate of Seton Hall Law School where she pursued a Concentration in Health Law and was honored for her outstanding contribution to the Immigrants’ Rights and International Human Rights Clinic at Seton Hall’s Center for Social Justice.

Thereafter, Ms. Heine joined Bronx Legal Services. In her practice, Ms. Heine represents the borough’s immigrants, with a focus on survivors of intimate partner violence, in a holistic practice comprised of their family law and immigration law needs. These matters include orders of protection, custody and visitation, and divorce cases, as well as asylum, U/T visas, VAWA self-petitions, SIJS petitions, and many other forms of immigration relief in an affirmative and defensive posture.

Ms. Heine regularly conducts community outreach throughout the Bronx, provides trainings on such topics as Electronic Evidence in New York State Courts and Technology Abuse, and has testified on behalf of Legal Services NYC in hearings before the New York City Council on issues affecting immigrants.

Ian Harris is the Technology Safety Legal Manager at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). Mr. Harris has over 10 years of direct litigation experience on behalf of survivors of intimate partner abuse in family, matrimonial, and immigration law matters. Prior to joining NNEDV, Ian served as the Director of the Family Law/Domestic Violence Unit at Staten Island Legal Services (SILS) in New York City and as a staff attorney with the New York Legal Assistance Group’s (NYLAG) Matrimonial & Family Law Unit and at Day One, a NYC-based organization that focuses on young survivors of intimate partner abuse. Ian teaches extensively on the intersection of technology and domestic violence, including on judicial ethics and technological evidence. He is an Adjunct Professor at American University Washington College of Law, a faculty member for the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, an advisory Committee Member for the Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody, and a consultant for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. He received his JD from the American University Washington College of Law and an MA from the American University School of International Service.

Terry Lawson is the Director of Bronx Legal Services's (BLS) Family and Immigration Unit. Terry has been representing survivors of intimate partner violence in a wide range of family, matrimonial, and immigration law matters for the past twelve years. She is the co-founder of the Bronx Immigration Partnership and co-runs the Bronx Domestic Violence Roundtable. She is an active member of the NYS Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court, the ICE Out of Courts Coalition, and the Lawyers Committee Against Domestic Violence. Prior to joining BLS, Terry was a litigation associate with Sidley Austin LLP, where she represented Her Justice clients through its pro bono and externship programs. Terry has a bachelor’s degree from Yale, a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard, and a Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown.