The Wilbanks CEASE Clinic post-graduate fellow, Melina D. Lewis, and director, Emma Hetherington, co-authored an amicus curiae in support of the Appellant in the case of Philip Doe v. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, et al., in the Georgia Court of Appeals. The brief addresses the Appellant’s public nuisance claim, which was dismissed at the trial court level.

In his complaint, the Appellant alleges that the systematic concealment of institutional child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church created a public nuisance that not only harms victims of abuse, but also the entire community. Oral argument for the case will be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 9:30am and can be viewed live online at

The full brief is available here: Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic Brief of Amicus Curiae in Support of Philip Doe