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Renee Beeker

President and Treasurer
president@nationalfamilycourtwatchproject.org
(248) 752-8623

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,” was published in the February/March 2006 issue of the Domestic Violence Report. Renee has 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 Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communications from Eastern Michigan University.

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Paul Holdorf 

Secretary
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Paul Holdorf is a retired New York corporate lawyer who later volunteered with Trial Lawyers Care to help 9/11 victims. In 2006 he joined National Family Court Watch project as the project and data director. Paul is an officer on the board of directors for the National Family Court Watch Project.

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Mary A. Levy

Vice President
vp@nationalfamilycourtwatchproject.org

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Julie Manning 

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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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Linda S. Barnard, Ph.D. 

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Dr. Linda Barnard is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist in private practice in Sacramento, California since 1981. In addition to a very active practice, Dr. Barnard has also served as a trainer and consultant to various domestic violence programs in northern California since 1982. Dr. Barnard frequently appears in court as an expert witness in domestic violence, having testified in over 290 cases, and conducted assessments in over 950 additional cases. She is a Board Certified Expert in Domestic Violence as well as a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She has also qualified as an expert is rape trauma and other types of traumatic responses. In addition, she consults as an expert in complex, contested child custody cases where allegations of domestic violence are involved. She is a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences around the state of California. 

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Joshua Pampreen

Joshua Pampreen has worked to promote the health and well-being of families for years. In 2006 he worked with the Ministry of Health of Ghana to promote community health, specializing in access to preventative medicine for women and children. During the summer of 2008 he worked with the Ramapo For Children Organization to help at-risk and cognitively impaired children learn life skills and anger management techniques. In 2010, while working with the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, he helped underprivileged children of migrant workers get involved in their community; eventually creating the first city-wide youth volunteer program. Currently, Joshua is finishing the requirements for what will be a second bachelors degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.

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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 J.D. 

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 Dr. Linda Barnard.

We'd like to welcome our newest advisory board member Angela Shelton

 

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