Save the Date! The 2020 Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic Conference will be held April 9-10, 2020 at the University of Georgia School of Law. Check our conference website for updates and registration information.
News and Media
An innovative course created by CEASE Clinic director Professor Emma Hetherington and Professor Jennifer Elkins of the School of Social Work was featured on WUGA on June 19, 2019. Part 2 is scheduled to air on June 20, 2019. The course teaches trauma-informed practices to law and social work graduate students at the University of Georgia. Students participate in a mock trial involving allegations of child sexual abuse and domestic violence. The course has won a national award and focuses on interdisciplinary advocacy and creating trauma-informed courtrooms.
Fulton County Daily Report took an in-depth look at CEASE Clinic's White Paper, published April 8, 2019, and highlighted its findings that civil access to the judicial system in Georgia remains difficult for those who have been victims of sexual abuse.
Prof. Hetherington and student Michael Nunnally published an article in Volume 53 of the Georgia Law Review (Online) discussing sexual abuse survivors’ access to legal remedies in the civil legal system as seen through a clinical legal education perspective.
The Wilbanks CEASE Clinic welcomed guest speaker Daniel Dye, Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General for Pennsylvania, on March 25, 2019. Dye’s presentation, entitled “Child Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church: The Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report” was an informative and engaging event for students, faculty, and staff at the University of Georgia as well as for the greater Athens community.
Professor Emma Hetherington, along with Staff Attorney Jean Mangan and students Bryce Bailey, Chase Lyndale, and Michael Nunnally, assessed the current status of the Hidden Predator Act and proposed possible language to strengthen the ability of victims of child sexual abuse to seek redress for their claims.
Read the White Paper (PDF)
The CEASE clinic reports that only one case has been tried to verdicts under the Hidden Predator Act’s briefly open window: The award was small, but the sense of justice for the survivor was big.
Congratulations to the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic for the successful resolution of the first case tried to verdict under Georgia’s Hidden Predator Act. The legislation created a two-year window of relief from the statute of limitations for bringing civil charges in cases of child sexual abuse. The case was tried in the Paulding County Superior Court earlier this month.
CEASE Clinic Director Emma Hetherington was featured on the Penn Law Group's blog, commenting on recent legislation in Georgia that would change the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse civil claims.