Hmong Tradition and Strategies in Family Law Proceedings Involving Domestic Abuse | Northcentral Technical College

Hmong Tradition and Strategies in Family Law Proceedings Involving Domestic Abuse

Thursday, October 19, 2017 Registration & Lunch: 11:00 a.m. Event: 11:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. Northcentral Technical College Center for Health Sciences Auditorium
Lunch and Learn: Mao Khang and Chee Thor will provide an overview of Hmong history and culture; including the process and implications of divorce in the Hmong tradition. 
Afternoon Session: Tess Meuer will walk through strategies for family law practitioners representing parties during proceedings where domestic violence is a factor. By the end of this workshop participants will:
· Gain an understanding of Hmong tradition and culture
· Review a 4-part framework for use in family law cases involving domestic abuse and use of the GAL Guidebook
· Examine a case scenarios from two viewpoints:  
representing an alleged batterer and representing the alleged victim.
· Learn trial strategies to get evidence into the court
Chee Thor 
Chee Thor is the Victim Resource Advocate at The Family Center where she focuses on assisting all victims through the legal and judicial system. Ms. Thor graduated from the End Domestic Abuse We Lead (Wisconsin Empowered! Leadership Enrichment and Ally Development) program and is currently participating in the End Domestic Abuse Leadership Circle program. She is a member of the legislative and policy committee for the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse and is a past secretary of the Family Advocacy and Culture Mediation Committee for the Hmong 18 Council of Wisconsin.  
Mao Khang
Mao Khang works at The Women’s Community as the Southeast Asian Coordinator for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. She also works closely with the district attorney’s office and police department on cases, making sure both sides culturally and linguistically understand each other. Ms. Khang educates the Hmong clan leaders in ways of legally responding to domestic violence & sexual assault while maintaining their rich cultural ways. She is the recipient of many awards and is well respected in her local community.
Tess Meuer
Tess Meuer is a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and is the Justice Systems Director at End Domestic Abuse WI.  She oversees the legal technical assistance program for domestic abuse programs statewide and supervises legal interns.  She created and taught Law and Contemporary Problems: Domestic Violence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and taught Family Issues Workshop: Domestic Violence at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee. Ms. Meuer is a lecturer and trainer as well as author, and is the recipient of rewards from the State Bar’s Public Interest Law Section and The University of Wisconsin –Madison. 
This training is designed for family law attorneys and court personnel.  *Those who attend the afternoon session and are family law attorneys or a GAL in a family law case will receive a free copy of the GAL Guidebook.*



CEU Information

This course qualifies for 4 CLEs.

Location Information

Northcentral Technical College Center for Health Sciences Auditorium 1000 W Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401