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National Family Court Watch Project - Renee Beeker


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Renee Beeker

President and Treasurer

Renee Beeker is the founder and President of the National Family Court Watch Project. A speaker and advocate for reform of the judicial system since 1996, Renee is a respected contributing member to many professional and grassroots organizations. Renee has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences around the United States. Renee's article, "The Illusion of Protection Uncovered: Review of the Special Journal Issue on Child Custody and Domestic Violence," published in the February/March 2006 issue of the Domestic Violence Report.

Renee designed a comprehensive Court Watch observational instrument that is being used in the National Family Court Watch Project. Renee serves on various committees both in her state and nationally. Renee holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mount Union, Ohio, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communications from Eastern Michigan University

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Paul Holdorf ESQ. 


Paul is a retired New York corporate lawyer who later volunteered with Trial Lawyers Care to help 9/11 victims. In 2006 Paul co-founded the National Family Court Watch project, serves as a officer on the board and is the project and data director.

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Mary A. Levy

Vice President

Mary Levy is retired office manager and 4 year cancer survivor. Mary became involved with the National Family Court Watch Project several years ago and currently serves as Vice President on the board. Having no experience with the legal system she became very concerned with need to protect children. Improving family court system for families, especially children, is an important step.

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Julie Manning PSY 


Julie Manning received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1987. She subsequently got her Master's Degree in Child Development and Psychology from The Michigan Institute for Professional Psychology in 1991, and continued on to receive her Specialist Degree in Psychology and education in 1993. Julie continues her studies in psychology in pursuit of her Doctorate degree, has a private practice with an emphasis on women, children and couples, while raising four young children, and volunteering with several non-profit groups helping to provide funds and services to people in need. 

While at the University of Michigan, Julie started working with women, children and the homeless. Her work with battered women propelled her toward studies and work with abused and neglected children and the challenges that families struggle with in their daily lives, compounded by the problems they face in the family court system. Julie's graduate studies in psychology focused on emotional, physical and sexual abuse in women and children; her Master's thesis documented these studies. Throughout graduate school and in the workforce, Julie has continued to work with women and children striving to survive and become empowered amidst extremely difficult circumstances and often thwarted by the court systems put in place to protect and assist them. Julie has appeared before the court on behalf of her clients numerous times over the past 12 years, and has often witnessed outcomes that have seriously negatively impacted the lives and welfare of people who went there seeking help and justice. Currently, Julie works in private practice and with non-profit agencies to help empower people and improve their lives. 

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Lisa Fischel-Wolovick, JD, MSW 


Lisa Fischel-Wolovick, JD, MSW is an attorney who has represented battered women for thirty years. She is the author of numerous publications including her recent book: Traumatic Divorce and Separation: The impact of domestic violence and substance abuse in custody and divorce, published by Oxford Univ. Press in 2018. She also helped to organize the first Criminal Court that specialized in domestic violence in New York State. Before becoming an attorney, she obtained her master's in social work and worked in hospital social work, which included advocacy and counseling for battered women. She is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the City University of New York, John Jay's College Graduate Program in Forensic Psychology, where she teaches courses in Family Violence and Child Maltreatment, and a speaker on domestic violence, child custody, and trauma.  

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Denise Belcher


A Michigan business owner/operator, along with her husband, of AAA Blue Star Safe and Lock. Her business offers basic lock remedies for the homeowner and security solutions for the business owner. Denise has been dispatching jobs and handling the business finances for over 30 years. Her daughters also join her in the family business to ensure the company continues to provide personal care and great customer service. Denise devoted some 15 years to teaching children who attended her home church. As a mother of two and grandmother to more, she cares deeply about the safety of families caught in the family court system.

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Sue Rumph 

Sue Rumph is dedicated to sex and gender justice issues and mentoring new activists. Currently she is focusing on the National Family Court Watch Program to aid in it's successful expansion. Sue Rumph earned her Master's Degree from Wayne State (WSU) in Sociology with a concentration in Women's Studies. She was actively involved with the Women Studies Program at WSU, serving on the Advisor Board and founding the Women's Studies Student Association. She currently teaches: Introduction to Women's Studies at Oakland University Women's and Gender Studies Program.

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Dianne Post JD

Dianne Post is an attorney who has been working for battered women and children since 1979 in Arizona and around the world. In 1998, she began working on issues of gender violence in Russia and has continued her work in 12 other countries. She continues to train, write, and consult on gender equality.

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Seth Goldstein 

Now a trial consultant and attorney in private practice, Seth Goldstein, is the Executive Director of the Child Abuse Forensic Institute, which he created in 1992.

He was the investigator and Project Director for the Child Abuse Vertical Prosecution Unit of the Napa County District Attorney, Napa, California for four years. He also worked as an investigator with the Santa Clara County District Attorney, San Jose,
California, for three years. Prior to that, he worked for the Berkeley Police Department for 13 years. He now represents parents in Family Law, Juvenile, and Personal Injury matters wherein child abuse allegations have arisen. He has worked
as a Special Prosecutor for San Benito County. His practice concentrates on child abuse arising in the context of dissolution, custody, and visitation matters.

He grew up in Berkeley and holds a B.A. degree from the University of California, at Berkeley. He was conferred a J.D. degree from the Oakland College of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 1995.

He has presented at seminars and workshops on the issues of child abuse in custody and visitation cases throughout the US and overseas. He has also lectured at seminars for the University of Southern California, Stanford and Harvard Universities, as well
at the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va. He is certified as a Criminal Investigation Instructor by the Robert Presley Institute for Criminal Investigation.

He has written several articles on the subject of sexual abuse and exploitation of children which have been published nationally and has been recognized for his work on numerous occasions - twice by the American Bar Association. His most recent publications are specifically on how to properly handle child abuse allegations that
arise during custody and visitation matters. He is on the editorial review board of the Journal of Child Custody and the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse.

He is the author of the textbook The Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Practical Guide to Assessment, Investigation, and Intervention, 2nd Edition, 1999, published by CRC Press.
He has testified as an expert witness in court, including a branch of the Florida Supreme Court, as well as numerous California and Federal legislative commissions and committees.

He sat on the California and United States Department of Justice Committees that created investigative and academy curricula for investigations of sexual abuse and exploitation of children. He is currently a member of the State of California, Office of Emergency Services, Sexual Assault Advisory Group.

In April of 1985, was invited to the White House to meet with President Ronald Reagan about the issue of missing and exploited children.

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Wendy Murphy 

Wendy is a former prosecutor who specializes in the representation of crime victims, women and children. She was appointed Mary Joe Frug Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at New England Law|Boston in 01-02 and served as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Law School in 02-03. 

She now teaches at New England Law where she also directs the Sexual Violence Legal News and Judicial Language projects. She founded the first ever volunteer legal advocacy program for crime victims and has been providing pro bono representation since 1992. She serves on several boards and has published many law review articles related to violence against women and children and the criminal justice system. 

Wendy also writes amicus and policy briefs for federal and state courts across the country. She serves on the editorial board of the journal: Violence Against Women, and is a contributing editor to the Sexual Assault Report. She consults and lectures widely on child abuse, sex crimes, victims' rights and criminal justice policy. Wendy is a nationally recognized television legal analyst who has worked for CBS, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC. She appears regularly on network and cable news programs and writes a bi-weekly column for the Patriot Ledger/Gatehouse News Service. 

Her first book, And Justice For Some, was published in September 2007 by Penguin Group. A former NFL cheerleader, Wendy lives outside Boston with her husband and five children.

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Angela Shelton 

Angela Shelton is an acclaimed filmmaker, writer, actress and public speaker. Angela has spoken in Congress, universities, military bases, high schools, elementary schools, community centers, conferences and seminars worldwide. Her multi-award winning film Searching for Angela Shelton put a spotlight on sexual abuse and domestic violence and began a grassroots movement of healing for abuse survivors worldwide. The United States Justice Department presented Angela with a certificate of appreciation for her hard work on behalf of crime victims. The mayor of Asheville, NC made April 29th Angela Shelton Day in honor of all abuse survivors. 

Angela has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours Investigates, NPR, Lifetime Television for Women and the cover of the New York Times. Angela's memoir, Finding Angela Shelton, is mandatory reading in many Women's Studies programs. Angela became a Superhero for children and won an Emmy for her performance in The Safe Side video series created by Baby Einstein's Julie Clark. Angela's mission is to inspire and empower people to heal and lead joyful lives.

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We'd like to welcome our newest board member Lisa Fischel-Wolovick


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