Violence Against Women

  • Determined the use of the discovery rule to extend the statute of limitations in childhood incest cases.
  • Determined whether the federal domestic violence misdemeanor gun ban law -- the Lauternberg Amendment -- requires a domestic relationship between the offender and the victim.
  • Concerned the employment rights of domestic violence victim who was fired for missing two days of work after she was attacked by her boyfriend.
  • This lawsuit challenged the New York City Police Department’s policy and practice of refusing to arrest men who beat their wives. It also charged family court clerks with refusing to allow battered women to file petitions for Orders of Protection against their husbands.
  • Description: Determined whether a defendant forfeits the Sixth Amendment Confrontation Clause right where defendant’s wrongful act caused witness’s unavailability.
  • Challenged the distinction between minor, or “de minimus,” and “classic” incidents of domestic violence.
  • Determined whether applying a housing complex's "zero tolerance for violence" policy by threatening a person with eviction for having been the victim of domestic violence unlawfully discriminates on the basis of sex.
  • Determined the constitutionality of the Violence Against Women Act's civil rights remedy.
  • Determined whether the prosecution of battered woman for murdering her husband was impermissibly tainted by the prosecution's baseless suggestions that she worked as a prostitute.
  • The brief argues that lower court committed legal error by failing to adequately consider the effects of domestic violence on the child victim when granting unsupervised visitation to Defendant-Appellee.
  • Addressed the constitutionality of the Violence Against Women Act civil rights remedy. The claim was later dismissed by the Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Morrison.
  • Addressed the right of domestic violence victims to protection from employment discharge under North Carolina public policy.