1 Vita KARLA FISCHER Consulting Services October W. Charles St. Champaign, IL TEL: (217) CURRENT POSITION 8/03 Independent Consultant, Domestic Violence Consulting Areas of Practice: 1. Expert Witness/Consultant in legal cases that involve significant psychological issues in domestic violence, including homicide, kidnapping, assault, child abuse, and divorce cases; 2. Workshops and lectures on the psychological effects of domestic violence and legal issues; 3. Research for nonprofit agencies that serve domestic violence victims. 1/07- Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law Law 398: Domestic Violence Clinic (8-10 students/semester) PREVIOUS POSITIONS 1/05-1/07 Adjunct Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois 8/00-8/03 Visiting Professor of Law, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 9/92-5/00 Assistant Professor of Psychology: Social & Health Sciences; Assistant Professor of Law, Duke University. Member of Women's Studies Faculty 1/97-5/97 Visiting Professor of Law, University of Arizona College of Law EXPERTISE Psychological effects and dynamics of domestic violence; self defense, coercion, and other mental state issues in domestic violence cases; legal intervention and social policy in domestic violence.
2 2 EDUCATION 1992 Ph.D., University of Illinois, Department of Psychology Doctoral Thesis: "The Psychological Impact and Meaning of Court Orders of Protection for Battered Women." Julian Rappaport, chair. Minor: Social Policy; Sub-specialty: Teaching 1992 J.D., University of Illinois College of Law (magna cum laude) 1987 M.A., University of Illinois, Department of Psychology 1985 B.S. in psychology, Lewis and Clark College (Portland, Oregon) HONORS 1993 American Psychological Association (Div. 9) First Place Dissertation Award National Institute of Justice, Graduate Research Fellowship University of Illinois Law Review Notes & Comments Editor Harno Scholar (Top 10% of Law School Class) American Jurisprudence Awards: Criminal Law & Torts II USPHS Traineeship in Personality and Social Ecology SELECTED PUBLICATIONS ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Rodkin, P. C., & Fischer, K. (2012). Cyberbullying from psychological and legal perspectives. Missouri Law Review, 77, Rodkin, P.C., & Fischer, K. (2003). Sexual harassment and the cultures of childhood: Developmental, domestic violence, and legal perspectives. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 19, Reprinted in M. J. Elias, J. E. Zins, & C. A. Maher (Eds.). (2004). Handbook of prevention and intervention in peer harassment, victimization, and bullying. New York: Haworth Press. Fischer, K., & Rose, M. (1995). When 'enough is enough': Battered women's decision-making around orders of protection. Crime and Delinquency, 41, Fitzgerald, L.F., Swan, S., & Fischer, K. (1995). Why didn't she just report him? The psychological and legal implications of women's responses to sexual harassment. Journal of Social Issues, 51,
3 3 Fischer, K., Vidmar, N., & Ellis, R. (1993). The culture of battering and the role of mediation in domestic violence cases. Southern Methodist University Law Review (Special Issue on Alternative Dispute Resolution), 46, Reprinted in Nancy K.D. Lemon, Domestic Violence Law: A Comprehensive Overview of Cases and Sources (Austin & Winfield, 1996). Excerpted in Katharine T. Bartlett & Angela P. Harris, Gender and Law: Theory, Doctrine, Commentary (Aspen Publishers (formerly Little, Brown), 2d. Ed. 1998), pp Reprinted in C. Dalton & E. Schneider, Domestic Violence Law (West, 2001). Excerpted in J.J. Bonsignore, E. Katsh, P. d'errico, R. M. Pipkin, S. Arons, J. Rifkin, Before the Law: An Introduction to the Legal Process (2006). Kinports, K., & Fischer, K. (1993). Orders of protection in domestic violence cases: An empirical assessment of the impact of the reform statutes. Texas Journal of Women and the Law (Special Issue on Violence Against Women), 2, Excerpted in Nancy K.D. Lemon, Domestic Violence Law: A Comprehensive Overview of Cases and Sources (Austin & Winfield, 1996). Cited as one of ten "most notable works" in the 10 years of the publication of the Texas Journal of Women and the Law, see Bibliography: In Celebration of Our Ten Years, 10 Texas Journal of Women and the Law 231, 233 (2001). Fischer, K. (1989). Defining the boundaries of admissible expert psychological testimony on rape trauma syndrome. University of Illinois Law Review, 1989, PROFESSIONAL WORKSHOPS & INVITED LECTURES Fischer, K. (February, 2013). Unfair Treatment: Gender in Criminal Law. Women s Law Society Symposium 2013: Breaking Expectations, Champaign, IL. Fischer, K. (March, 2012). Defending Battered Women. East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association, Champaign, IL. Fischer, K. (February, 2011). Legal Update on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault and Stalking. Presenter at Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence training, Bloomington, IL. Fischer, K. (October, 2010). Working to End Domestic Violence. Women s Resource Center, University of Illinois.
4 4 Fischer, K. (May, 2010). Integrating Expert Witness Reports into Habeas Petitions. Teleconference training provided for lawyers participating in the California Habeas Project. Fischer, K. (April, 2010). Orders of Protection in Illinois: Psychological Issues and Legal Requirements. Training provided for the staff of Champaign County Mental Health Services, Champaign, IL. Fischer, K. (March, 2010). Orders of Protection in Illinois: Psychological Issues and Legal Requirements. Training provided for new volunteers of A Woman s Fund, Urbana, IL. Fischer, K. (June, 2009). Top 5 Most Common Issues in Battered Women s Self Defense and Underlying Psychological Theory and Research. Meeting of the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators, Chicago, IL. Fischer, K. (June, 2009). Three Things Every Family Law Attorney Should Know About Domestic Violence Victims. Meeting of the Illinois Family Law Task Force, Effingham, IL. Fischer, K. (March, 2008). Psychological Evaluation and Criminal Defenses for Battered Women. University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois. Fischer, K. (October 2007). Unrecognized Stalking Issues in Civil and Criminal Domestic Violence Cases. Panel presentation at Stalking: Latest Strategies in Response and Prevention, University of Illinois, Office of Women s Programs. Fischer, K. (October, 2006). Emerging Trends in Domestic Violence Criminal Law: Duress Defenses. Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, CLE Traing. Fischer, K. (February, 2006). Developing Psychological Evidence in Self Defense Cases for Battered Women. University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois. Fischer, K. (June, 2005). Preparing Domestic Violence Victims to Testify in Court. Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Legal Training, Springfield, Illinois. Fischer, K. (June, 2005). Expert Testimony in Domestic Violence Cases. Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Legal Training, Springfield, Illinois. Fischer, K. (September, 2004). Seeking Help for Domestic Violence in Illinois: Victim Profiles. Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence Board of Directors Retreat, Finley, Illinois. Fischer, K. (May 2004). Empowering domestic violence victims through legal action. North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence 2004 bi-annual conference, Generations: Celebrating the Strength of Women, Greensboro, North Carolina. Fischer, K. (October 2003). Rethinking empowerment goals for domestic violence victims. Domestic Violence: One State, One Theme, One Response Statewide Training Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina.
5 5 Fischer, K. (February 2003). Policy issues in domestic violence law and the lessons from social science. University of Illinois College of Law (Women Law Students Forum). Fischer, K. (Februrary 2000). Effective use of expert testimony in psychology, psychiatry, and related fields. North Carolina School of Law: Festival of Legal Learning (CLE course). Fischer, K. (November 1999). Domestic violence: Health care and law: Meeting the challenges of the future. University of North Carolina, School of Public Health. Fischer, K. (August, 1998). Theories of legal intervention in domestic violence. International Association for Applied Psychology Congress, San Francisco, CA. Fischer, K. (June 1998). Researching legal intervention in domestic violence. Law and Society Association s Graduate Student Workshop, Aspen, CO. Fischer, K. (March, 1998). Collecting evidence on domestic violence for battered woman syndrome cases. Public Defender Investigators Conference, Institute of Government, Chapel Hill, NC. Fischer, K. (November, 1997). Subjective well being as gratitude in the experience of domestic violence victims. First Annual International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies Conference, Charlotte, NC. Fischer, K. (April, 1997). Using social science to inform legal interventions in domestic violence. Colloquium, University of Arizona Department of Psychology, Tucson, AZ. Fischer, K. (1995, November). Effective court orders of protection for battered women. Bringing Peace Home: A Conference on Family Violence, Charlotte, NC. Fischer, K. (1995, September). Custody cases and domestic violence: Lessons from disputes in orders of protection. North Carolina Women's Bar Association, Atlantic Beach, NC. Fischer, K. (1993, March). "Domestic Violence: Research, Theory, and Intervention." Three day seminar presented at the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS Fischer, K. (1998, August). Rethinking empowerment goals in domestic violence legal intervention. Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA. Fischer, K. (1998, June). Cultural responses to new legislation for victims of domestic violence. Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Aspen, CO. Fischer, K. (1998, June). Defending battered women. Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Aspen, CO.
6 6 Fischer, K. (1997, June). Lessons learned from advocacy work in domestic violence legal cases. Roundtable participant at the 6th Biennial Conference on Community Research and Action, Columbia, SC. Fischer, K. (1995, June). "Someone broke into my body": Rape, health, and institutional helpseeking. Paper presented at the 5th Biennial Conference on Community Research and Action, Chicago, IL (part of symposium on Women's Health: New Answers, New Questions). Fischer, K. (1994, June). The psychological impact of court orders of protection for battered women. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Phoenix, AZ. Fischer, K. (1993, October). The symbolic value of court orders of protection for battered women: The reclamation of "voice." Paper presented at the 9th Annual Conference of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, San Antonio, TX. Fischer, K., Vidmar, N., & Ellis, R. (1993, May). The culture of battering and the role of mediation in domestic violence cases. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Law and Society Association, Chicago, IL. Fischer, K., Berger, A., & Connor, J. (1993, June). The symbolic value of court orders of protection for battered women. Paper presented at the 4th Biennial Conference on Community Research and Action, Williamsburg, VA (part of panel on The Social Context of Battered Women's Lives: Qualitative Accounts from a Study of Women who Sought Court Protection). Fischer, K. (1992, May). The roots of sexism: Frustrating the spirit and letter of the laws that help battered women. Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Illinois. Fischer, K. (1991, August). Researching domestic violence. Paper presented at the 99th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, California. SELECTED COURSES TAUGHT Law 398 Legal Clinic: Domestic Violence (8 students), Spring 2007-present Psy 368 Psychology and Law (100 undergraduates); University of Illinois, Law 393 Legal Intervention in Domestic Violence (law; 20 students) Law 373 Social Science in Law (law; 30 students) Psy 180 Victimology: Victimization in Social Context (undergraduate, 12 students) Psy 129 Psychology and Law (undergraduate, 35 students) Psy 288S Women, Social Science, and the Law (graduate, 8 students) Psy 106 Psychology of Women (undergraduate, 60 students)
7 7 CONSULTING AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES Expert Witness Resource Bank, National Clearinghouse for the Defense of Battered Women. Fall 1995-present. CASA Attorney, Champaign County. Represented minors and guardian ad litem in juvenile court proceedings in abuse and neglect cases. June 2008 to June Macon County Domestic Violence Grant Program, Project Evaluator for multidisciplinary coordinated response action in domestic violence cases. February 2006-December Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, Seeking Help for Domestic Violence in Illinois: Profiles of Victims, Offenders, and Their Children for Service Providers, Communities, and the State. Grant proposal funded to analyze large statewide multi-year database of information on domestic violence victims who have sought help from domestic violence shelters in Illinois. Project completed September 30, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Court Accountability Project. Committee member and co-author of article on strategies for increasing perpetrator accountability. September 2003-October Position paper released online: Board Member, A Woman s Fund (umbrella organization for domestic violence shelter and rape crisis services), Champaign, IL, October April Vice President, 10/03 09/04. Research Project Coordinator: Examining Reoffending in Domestic Violence Cases, Durham Police Department, May 2001-January Member, Durham Alliance Against Domestic Violence, Durham, NC. Fall 1997-Summer Faculty, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Capital College (capital trial advocacy). Provided consultation to criminal defense lawyers on opening and closing statements, voir dire question formulation, and voir dire strategy. November 1999 and April Member, Advisory Committee: "When Domestic Violence and Custody Disputes Collide: Effective Court Response." Research project funded by The State Justice Institute, Susan Keilitz, P.I. (National Center for State Courts). Summer 1995 Fall Consultant, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "An Abused Women's Guide to Mediation." Andrea Gagnon, editor. Fall 1994.