Catholic University law school alumna Elisabeth Lawrence, Class of 2013, was a key force behind urging the Washington, D.C. city council to formally declare freedom from domestic violence to be a basic human right. The ceremonial resolution was passed by the council earlier this year.
On Tuesday, Oct. 1, DC Councilmember Mary Cheh (Ward 3) formally presented the ceremonial resolution. Lawrence attended the event along with Professor Lisa Martin (on left, with Lawrence) co-director of the Families and the Law clinic at the Columbus School of Law. Martin supervised Lawrence’s advocacy campaign in favor of the resolution while Lawrence was a student in the clinic last year.
Lawrence facilitated a working group that included students from other law schools, as well as members of the DC Coalition of Domestic Violence. The group researched and drafted proposed language, facilitated working group sessions of lawyers and social services advocates to review and revise the proposed draft, and created talking points to introduce the resolution and its goals to the Council.
Lawrence offered remarks following Councilmember Cheh's comments at the public presentation.