Legal Services

Dear Attorney,
This survey is designed to help our clients locate legal services that exceed our in-house legal services. Our attorney staff offer brief advice, legal screening, and limited representation to sexual assault survivors on issues such as housing advocacy, educational accommodations, privacy, employment accommodations, and application for public benefits. Our non-attorney staff act as case managers and legal advocates for clients under the supervision of attorneys. We often need to make referrals and would like to be able to do so with some background knowledge about you and your legal practice. We very much appreciate your responses. We would also welcome your participation in our project as a Pro Bono attorney providing brief legal service to a survivor of sexual violence. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Claire Harwell at

This project was supported by Grant No. 2010 WL-AX-0003 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

* 1. How long have you been practicing law?

* 2. Where are you licensed to practice law? (Please specify state and federal jurisdictions, specific tribes) 

* 3. If you practice in Tribal Court, please indicate your status in the Tribal Court you listed above.

* 4. Do you take cases in Federal court?

* 5. What types of cases do you handle?

* 6. If you have an official specialization designation, please describe:

* 7. What specialized training do you have that is relevant to representation of sexual assault survivors?

* 8. Have you ever represented a client whose legal problem was in some way related to the client having been sexually assaulted?

* 9. If you answered yes to question #8, what legal issues have you successfully handled relating to sexual assault?

* 10. Do you take cases on contingency? 

* 11. What type of payment arrangements are typical for your practice?

* 12. Trauma affects witnesses' ability to participate in the legal system.  What specific training, education, or experience do you have specifically related to psychological trauma? 

* 13. Do you have experience proving psychological harm?

* 14. Do you view sexual assault by a non-stranger perpetrator (i.e. who is known to the victim) as being a possible source of significant damages?

* 15. If the legal problem is related to a sexual assault, would you only be interested in taking the case if the assault was reported to police?

* 16. Would a sexual assault survivor's use of drugs or alcohol at the time of the assault impact your firm's willingness to assess the case for possible acceptance?

* 17. Do any of the following affect your willingness to take a case?  Please describe how the relevant factor affects your decision in the comment box.

* 18. Do you have malpractice insurance?

* 19. Do you have any public discipline with any Bar Association?

* 20. Please add anything else you would like clients to know about your practice here: