Julie Saffren

Julie Saffren practices Family Law in Santa Clara County, with a focus on domestic violence issues. A former staff attorney at Support Network for Battered Women, she has practiced at the firms of Schlepphorst & Emede and Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel in San Jose. She trains attorneys, judges and mental health professionals on DV issues locally and statewide. She was one of the co-creators of DVLSR (Domestic Violence Limited Scope Representation), a grant-funded collaborative with the Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley. DVLSR trains and mentors volunteer attorneys and certified law students to represent low-income litigants in civil domestic violence hearings in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

She has been a member of the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Council since 2007. Julie is a former member of FLEXCOM, the Executive Committee of the State Bar’s Family Law section and a past Editor of the State Bar’s Family Law News. In 2009, she co-authored a domestic violence appeal, In re Marriage of Nadkarni. The published case expanded the construction of the Domestic Violence Prevention Act by establishing a legal definition for conduct that “disturbs the peace” under Family Code section 6320.


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law

B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology

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Domestic Violence Minicourse Spring 2020