Renee Beeker is Michigan NOW Family Law Task Force Chair.
A speaker and advocate for reform of the judicial system since 1996, Renee is a respected contributing member to many professional and grassroots organizations and also serves on various committees both in her state and nationally.
Renee is also the Founder and President of the National Family Court Watch Project. The project has observed over 675 family law hearings in 6 states. Currently the project is compiling the data and will be producing a report from the data collected.
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 Beeker is past President of Michigan National Organization for Women, Past Administrative Vice President for Michigan National Organization for Women, Former National NOW Board member from the Great Lakes Region and Chair of the NOW (National) Family Law Advisory Ad Hoc Committee.
Renee holds a Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Mount Union as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communications from Eastern Michigan University.
NOW Family Law Task Force
The Crisis in Family Law Courts
There is a national crisis for women and their children in the family law courts of this country. Affirmed by experts and leaders in the women's movement, the existence of this crisis is verified by women in every state who report injustice in their family law cases, especially battered mothers trying to protect their children from abusive fathers who aggressively litigate against them, using family court to stalk, harass, punish, and impoverish their former partners and children. NOW recognizes this crisis for women and their children and seeks to address discrimination against women in family courts.
The all-volunteer National NOW Family Law Advisory Ad Hoc Committee, created in April 2004, is comprised of parents, grandparents, activists, paralegals, organizers, attorneys, and advocates from across the nation devoting their collective experience and expertise in family law and navigating the family court system to NOW's work in promoting justice and equality for women.
For more information, see the NOW Foundation website.