One of KCMBF's three Legal Connection programs, Domestic Violence Alliance (formerly the Domestic Violence & Children Interdisciplinary Conference) is an annual day-long seminar held each October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Under the leadership of KCMBF, various legal, social service, medical and law enforcement agencies across the Kansas City metropolitan area collaborate to plan, promote and attend the seminar aimed at providing essential interdisciplinary information, education and support to these crucial partners who support victims and work to eliminate domestic violence.

The Domestic Violence Alliance committee is chaired by Judith Westmoreland, Jackson County CASA, with vice chair Daniel Berezoski, Husch Blackwell LLP and secretary Kelsey Blackwell, Jackson County Prosecutor's Office. The committee includes members from the following organizations: 16th Judicial Circuit Court, Baty Otto Coronado PC, Child Protection Center, Crossroads Charter Schools, Hope House, Husch Blackwell LLP, Jackson County CASA, Jackson County Prosecutor's Office, Law Office of Young, Kuhl & Frick, LLC, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Lynch Sharp & Associates, LLC, Newhouse, Saint Luke’s Health System, and Synergy Services.


Domestic Violence Alliance

Register Now for the 24th Annual Domestic Violence Alliance!
Looking Ahead: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Domestic Violence
Friday, October 22, 2021,  8:45 AM - 3:40 PM | Live Virtual Webinar

Registration is FREE for both KCMBA and non-KCMBA members. Historically, free CLE is only available to KCMBA member attorneys as a member benefit.  In order to meet the community's important needs due to the pandemic, KCMBF/A is once again offering the Domestic Violence Alliance seminar free to all attorneys. We encourage everyone to donate the suggested $25 to assist KCMBF in continuing to give more to the community and help educate those committed to ending domestic violence.

This year's event will once again be virtual ONLY.

This year's seminar includes informative and timely sessions covering the following topics:

  • Domestic Violence Prevention Strategies and How Attorneys Can Assist
  • A Legislative Perspective of Domestic Violence Law in Missouri and Kansas
  • Domestic Violence from the Perspective of a Survivor and the Legal System that Helped Her (Client)
  • Understanding Batterers Better: Changing Behaviors and Increasing Victim Safety
  • How Therapists and Domestic Violence Shelters Have Pivoted to Address Legal and Other Needs During a Pandemic
  • The Effect of COVID-19 on Child Abuse and Reporting Issues
  • A View from the Bench - COVID-19 and the Courts featuring local judges from the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Missouri, Jackson County

    Developed with KCMBF Domestic Violence Alliance Committee
    Chair: Judith Westmoreland, Jackson County CASA
    Vice Chair: Daniel Berezoski, Husch Blackwell LLP

    If you are a KCMBA member, to register follow the steps outlined below:

    1. Login with your KCMBA credentials by selecting "Sign In". If you do not have a KCMBA account, select "create an account". If you do have an account but do not remember your credentials, contact the KCMBA team at (816) 474-4322 or
    2. Once logged in, scroll back down to the registration section. Select "Register Myself".
    3. Select the registration option you would like to purchase. Select "Proceed to Checkout".
    4. Fill out the Payment Details section. Select "Submit Order".
    5. A confirmation email will be sent immediately to the email on file with your KCMBA account. 

    If you are not a KCMBA member, to register fill out this registration form and email to, or mail to:
    2300 Main St., Ste 100
    Kansas City, MO 64108

    Webinar information will be sent to all registrants the week of the event.

    Note: CLE credit is currently pending. CLEE POST credit is currently pending.
10/22/2021 8:45 AM - 3:40 PM
Virtual Event
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If you would like to donate to support the Domestic Violence Alliance, click here!

Thank you to our 2021Swag Sponsor, Jill M. Katz!

Thank you to our 2020 Swag Sponsor, Jill M. Katz!

Thank you to the 2019 Sponsors!

Lunch Sponsor

Snack Sponsors

The Gordon Law Firm, LLC

Swag Sponsor

Jill M. Katz

Archive of Past Domestic Violence Alliance Seminars
To explore past year DVA speakers and topics, click here.

For more information or to get involved please contact
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation at or (816) 474-4322.