DV LEAP Hosts 10th Anniversary Gala

DV LEAP celebrated a decade of accomplishments at its anniversary gala. Many GW Law students have gained valuable experience by working with DV LEAP clients over the years.

The Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project (DV LEAP), founded by Professor Joan S. Meier, hosted a 10th anniversary party last fall to recognize its decade of accomplishments and to honor those who have supported its work over the past decade. Celebrity guest Robin Givens, once married to boxer Mike Tyson, gave the keynote address, describing her own experience with domestic violence. 

During the festivities, Professor Meier recognized 10 honorees for their work over the past 10 years on behalf of DV LEAP, including DV LEAP board member Susan Hoffman, JD ’79, and Kerri Ruttenberg, JD ‘99.  Alexia Morrison, JD ‘72, who chairs DV LEAP’s executive board, served as emcee for the evening. GW Law’s student a cappella group, the Promissory Notes, entertained the overflow crowd as the event began. 

The law firm McDermott, Will & Emery graciously donated its space overlooking the U.S. Capitol to host the event. Funds raised during the event will support DV LEAP’s continuing work to improve legal protections for domestic violence victims and their children through appellate advocacy and training.