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Legal Issues Affecting Indigenous Women Symposium

On September 24, 2020, the Federal District Court is partnering with Roger Williams University American Indian Student Association, and the United States Attorney’s Office to provide a 2-hour virtual symposium dedicated to information and instruction on domestic violence and trafficking specifically involving indigenous women.  The panel of speakers will consist of the following:

  • Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. who will encourage attorneys in the audience to give pro bono assistance in this area and in any other areas of the law when able, as required by the POWER Act

  • Stacey Veroni, Assistant U.S. Attorney, who will use a power point format to educate the audience on domestic violence prevalence and issues surrounding barriers to justice based on her over 30 years of experience as the head of the Domestic Violence Unit for the RIAG and her current position as AUSA.

  • Professor James Diamond, Roger Williams University,  who will present on remedies for indigenous women victims of domestic violence.  He is the Dean of Academic Affairs of the National Tribal Trial College where he “teaches, develops curriculum and does training for victim’s advocates and law enforcement handling domestic and sexual violence cases in state, federal and Tribal courts."

  • Chenae Bullock, Cultural Consultant, Moskehtu Consulting "who will discuss efforts to raise awareness and support for the international Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement and to stop domestic violence in indigenous communities.”

This is a free program and attendees will earn 1.5 CLE credit hours.  The symposium will be held via Zoom, and participants will need the Zoom Meeting ID (161 989 4599) and Passcode (478380) to join the event.  Email Lisa Quartino for CLE credit at


Video referenecd by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacy Veroni at symposium: VIdeo.


Contact Rana Smith at with questions about the program.