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Domestic Violence Update 2014 Presenters

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Domestic Violence Update 2014 Presenters

Julia Weber, J.D., MSW

Co-counsel to the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee

Julia Weber, JD, MSW, is a supervising attorney with the Judicial Council’s Center for Families, Children & the Courts. She has been employed by the Judicial Council since August 1999. Ms. Weber serves as co-counsel to the Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee and as staff to the Elkins Family Law Implementation Task Force. Ms. Weber works on a variety of projects related to family law, child custody, court coordination, and domestic violence. Before joining the Council, Ms. Weber had a private practice as an attorney mediating and representing children in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to working with the courts in California, her policy work has included serving as project coordinator for St. Louis City’s Family Violence Council, developing the city’s first plan for implementing a coordinated community response to domestic violence and assisting Monsanto in creating one of the first international employee policies addressing family violence. She also worked with the courts in St. Louis County as a child custody mediator. Ms. Weber received her J.D. and M.S.W. from Washington University where she also taught undergraduate courses on race, gender and law, and violence against women and served as an advisor to students pursuing dual degrees in law and social work.

Melanie Snider

Family Law Facilitator, Self-Help Assistance & Referral Program (S.H.A.R.P.) Managing Attorney, Butte & Lake Superior Courts

Melanie Snider has worked for the Butte County Superior Court since April 2011 to the present. She also runs the Law Offices of Melanie Snider, Esq. She received her Juris Doctorate Degree in 1999. Ms. Snider graduated in 1999 from the McGeorge School of Law. She serves as a member of the California State Bar Legal Services Partnership Trust Fund Commission and on the California State Bar Justice Gap Project and on the Judicial Council’s Committee on Providing Access to Justice and Fairness. She also serves as a volunteer board member for the following organizations: Community Housing Opportunities Corporation-Davis, CA (10 years); Family Youth Connection-Sacramento (1 year); and the Butte County Public Library.

Melody Proebstel, MSW

Catalyst Domestic Violence Services, Chico, CA

Melody Proebstel is the Education & Outreach Program Coordinator for Catalyst Domestic Violence Services. She has held many roles at Catalyst since she was hired in 1997 and completed the Master’s in Social Work program at California State University, Chico in 2012. With a passion for research and community organizing, Melody has a strong understanding of the challenges faced by individuals who have been marginalized based on culture, language, gender and sexual identity, class, and mental health status. In her role at Catalyst, Melody develops and implements trainings for local service providers about LGBTQ+ identity and the dynamics of intimate partner violence. She also evaluates Catalyst’s policies and procedures in order to create a more inclusive and accessible space.