Experts Available to Discuss Legal issues Surrounding Domestic Violence

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The recent events surrounding the death of Therese Pender who was brutally beaten by her estranged husband sheds light on the dangerous problem of domestic violence. Metropolitan Family Services Legal Aid Bureau provides free legal services to protect domestic violence victims. Kendra Reinshagen is the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Bureau and is available to speak as an expert on domestic violence and legal issues like orders of protection.

The recent events surrounding the grizzly death of Therese Pender who allegedly was brutally beaten by her estranged husband, James Pender, sheds light on the dangerous problem of domestic violence.

Metropolitan Family Services Legal Aid Bureau provides free legal services to protect domestic violence victims and offers essential violence intervention programs to help them and their children rebuild their lives. As the oldest provider of legal aid to the poor in Chicago, Metropolitan Family Services Legal Aid Bureau provided free legal services to more than 11,500 clients last year.

Metropolitan Family Services Legal Aid Bureau has experts who can discuss legal issues including:

•    Orders of Protection

•    Domestic Violence

•    Divorce

•    Child Custody

•    Child Support Orders

•    Health Insurance Orders

Kendra Reinshagen

Executive Director, Legal Aid Bureau

Kendra Reinshagen comes to Metropolitan Family Services from the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago where she served as Supervisory Attorney for five years. Prior to joining the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, she spent more than ten years at Metropolitan’s Legal Aid Bureau, most recently as Managing Attorney.

Ms. Reinshagen was recently appointed to a statewide advisory board, convened by Attorney General Lisa Madigan, to assist with the “Family Violence Accountability Project” being conducted by the Family Law Center at DePaul University’s College of Law.

In April 2003, the Chief Judge of the Domestic Relations Division nominated her to participate on a committee to study and recommend a comprehensive rules design for the Division. Ms. Reinshagen is a long-time member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Matrimonial Law Committee and co-chairs its subcommittee on domestic violence. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northeastern Illinois University in Pre-law and Women’s Studies and a Juris Doctorate Degree from DePaul University College of Law.

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