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Forum To Examine Domestic Violence Laws

Contact: Michele Snipe
(212) 636-7013

NEW YORK—Fordham University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Family and Child Advocacy will host a forum, “Mandated Reporting of Neglect, In Light of the Nicholson Decision,” on Tuesday, June 14, at 1 p.m. in the McNally Amphitheatre, Fordham Law School, 140 W. 62nd St.

The class action lawsuit Nicholson v. Scoppetta challenged the child welfare practices of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), which children’s and women’s advocates say punished domestic violence victims and their children rather than protecting them. The ACS recently settled the suit by agreeing not to remove children from battered mothers and not to charge that victims of domestic violence are neglectful parents.

DATE:              TUESDAY, JUNE 14
TIME:               1 P.M.
                         140 WEST 62ND STREET
                         NEW YORK, N.Y. 10023

Panelists will include: Charles Carson, Esq., general counsel at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services; David Lansner, Esq., a partner at Lansner and Kubistchek; Lyn Doris of Women in Need, Inc.; Kenneth Lau of Children FIRST; and George Lewert from the New York Presbyterian Medical Center. Mary Jane Cotter, J.D., M.S.W., will moderate the panel discussion.

For more information about the forum, contact Dorothy Johnson-Laird at (212) 636-6342 or

The Interdisciplinary Center for Family and Child Advocacy is a joint project of the Graduate School of Social Services, Fordham Law School, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Psychology. The center’s mission is to promote collaboration between law, social work and psychology, in the areas of child abuse and neglect and domestic violence. The center meets this mission through its educational initiatives, community partnerships and research.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is New York City’s Jesuit University, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 15,800 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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