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Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Conference January 28, 2017

Georgia Law is excited to announce its first annual Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Conference on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Conference registration includes 5 CLE credits (including 1 ethics hour), a light breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Registration also includes a ticket to the premiere of a short documentary on survivors of child sex abuse and the court system, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and dessert reception.

CEASE Names Its First Post-Graduate Fellow

Meredith Gardial (JD '16) joins the Wilbanks CEASE Clinic as its first Post-Graduate Fellow. Over the course of the twelve-month fellowship Meredith will assist CEASE Clinic Director Emma Hetherington (JD '11) in litigating cases on behalf of surivors of child sex abuse. Meredith will not only be instrumental in advancing the clinic's mission of assisting survivors, but also in training the next generation of attorneys interested in working with survivors. 

New fellowships expand public interest opportunities at Georgia Law

June 8, 2016

°Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia School of Law has three new fellowship opportunities, which combined with existing support will allow more than 20 rising second- and third-year students to take summer positions in the public interest arena.

Public interest fellowship recipients will spend the next few months working in legal placements including public defender's and prosecutor's offices, nonprofit agencies, a law school clinic and the U.S. Department of Justice. Three placements will take students overseas to Phnom Penh, Jerusalem and Bangkok.


Dennis Hastert gets 15 months in prison in hush money case

April 27, 2016

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Wednesday was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 to a victims' fund in a hush money case that revealed he was being accused of sexually abusing young boys as a teacher in Illinois.

He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release once he finishes his prison term.

    For the first time, Hastert, 74, admitted to Judge Thomas M. Durkin in open court that he abused an unspecified number of boys.


    University of Georgia School of Law Hires Director for New Child Sex Abuse Legal Clinic

    February 9, 2016

    The University of Georgia School of Law has hired Emma Hetherington as the director of its innovative legal clinic to represent victims of child sexual abuse in civil suits against their abusers.

    "It was an opportunity I could not say no to," Hetherington, a 2011 Georgia Law graduate, said of her new job. "It combines everything I've done in practice with everything I love doing, and I get to help train a new generation of attorneys who are going to care about those who are abused as children and protect their rights."