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Welcome New CEASE Clinical Legal Fellow James Graessle

January 14, 2022

CEASE Welcomes James Graessle as our new Clinical Legal Fellow. James comes to CEASE after serving as a judicial clerk for Judge Leslie J. Abrams Gardner of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Previously, he worked as an associate at King & Spalding, where maintained an active pro bono practice focusing on criminal justice reform and asylum based on human trafficking or religious, political and ethnic persecution. For more on James, see his Georgia Law online profile

Law School Continues to Support Survivors Through Creation of the Kurtz Distinguished Law Fellowship

August 18, 2021

University of Georgia School of Law continues to support survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation through the creation of the Kurtz Distinguished Law Fellowship, a merit-based fellowship that will be awarded with preference given to students with superior academic records who have a demonstrated passion for supporting survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation. Alumnus Joey M. Loudermilk and his wife, Ramona, established the scholarship to honor former Associate Dean Paul M. Kurtz.

Supreme Court of Georgia Grants Cert. After CEASE Files Amicus Brief In Favor Of Survivor

June 23, 2021

On June 9, 2021, the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) Clinic filed an amicus brief authored by post-graduate fellow, Melina D. Lewis, and Director Emma Hetherington in favor of the Georgia Supreme Court hearing arguments in a survivor's case against St. Joseph's Catholic Church and other parties in Georgia. On June 21, 2021, the Georgia Supreme Court decided to hear those arguments.

Supreme Court of Georgia Sides with CEASE on Hidden Predator Act Case

June 21, 2021

CEASE received a favorable opinion from the Supreme Court of Georgia in the case of Harvey v. Merchan on June 21, 2021. CEASE’s client alleges that she was abused by her parents from early childhood until the age of 22 in both Quebec and in Georgia. Her claim was filed under a retroactive open window provided by the 2015 Hidden Predator Act, which revived previously barred civil claims of child sexual abuse against perpetrators.

3L Devin Mashman Represents Survivor Before the Supreme Court of Georgia

February 4, 2021


Third-Year law student Devin Mashman presented oral argument before the Supreme Court of Georgia under the Law Student Practice Act. CEASE represents the Appellee, a woman who was abused by her parents throughout the entirety of her childhood, in the case of Harvey, et al. v. Merchan. The case involves questions of choice of law and the constitutionality of the Hidden Predator Act. A recording of the oral argument will be available on the Supreme Court of Georgia's website under the Feburary 4, 2021 archive.