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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.

Hetherington Presents on Human Trafficking for CARE'S Atlanta Global Innovation Hub

February 3, 2021

Assistant Clinical Professor & CEASE Clinic Director Emma Hetherington presented as part of the CARE Atlanta Global Innovation Hub's Tuesday Talks session titled "Tackling Human Trafficking" in January, alongside Jennifer Swain, Executive Diretor of youthSpark and Sarah Bessell, Deputy Director at the

Recording of Webinar on COVID-19 and the Increase in Online Child Exploitation

November 4, 2020

If you missed the 2020 CEASE Webinar on COVID-19 and the Increase in Online Child Exploitation, you can view the recording here: The webinar featured Adam Dodge, Founder of EndTAB, an organization that works with State Courts, Universities, Title IX offices, Nonprofits, Healthcare Systems, Law Enforcement Agencies, High Schools, Law Firms, and Social Service Providers in understanding and navigating the digital abuse landscape.

CEASE Webinar 11/12 at 2pm on Vacatur and Record Restriction for Survivors of Trafficking

November 3, 2020

Join the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic, Georgia Justice Project, and Street Grace for a webinar on SB435, also known as the Debbie Vance Act, on Thursday, November 12, 2020, 2pm - 4pm EST. The new law allows vacatur or record restriction of certain convictions for survivors of trafficking in Georgia. The speakers of this webinar will discuss how to identify survivors of trafficking, trauma-informed representation, eligibility and procedure under the Debbie Vance Act, and the required forms from the Georgia Attorney General's office.