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Community HeLP clinic obtains release of client from immigration detention on health grounds

Thursday, December 24, 2020

The Community Health Law Partnership clinic recently obtained release of a client from an immigration detention center in Georgia pursuant to the district court's order in Fraihat v. ICE, which requires new assessments and release determinations for individuals at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 while in custody. Third-year student Raneem Ashrawi helped prepare the request along with clinic Staff Attorney Kristen E. Shepherd and clinic Director Jason A. Cade.


School of Law featured in Common Dreams article regarding Community HeLP and First Amendment clinics serving as co-counsel on behalf of immigrant women alleging medical abuse

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The School of Law was mentioned in a Common Dreams article regarding the work of the Community Health Law Partnership Clinic and the First Amendment Clinic. The clinics are serving as co-counsel in a putative class action filed December 21, 2020, on behalf of women who allegedly endured medical abuse and retaliation for speaking out about it while in the custody of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. The article titled "Class-Action Suit Sought Over 'Disturbing Pattern of Inhumane Medical Abuse' of ICE Detainees Including Forced Hysterectomies" was written by Andrea Germanos and published 12/22/20.


First Amendment Clinic authors amicus brief arguing against judicial narrowing of a Georgia sunshine law

Monday, December 21, 2020

The First Amendment Clinic authored an amicus brief filed in the Georgia Court of Appeals that challenges a lower court’s decision to weaken Georgia’s sunshine laws. Writing in the case of Love v. Atlanta Falcons Stadium CompanyLLC on behalf of fellow amici - the Georgia Press Association and the Georgia First Amendment Foundation - the clinic's brief addressed whether documents relating to a government-contracted, tax-funded construction project are publicly obtainable under Georgia’s Open Records Act. Third-year student Nneka I. Ewulonu co-authored the brief with clinic Director Clare R. Norins.


Dixon receives 2020 Emma Terrell Distinguished Employee Award

Friday, December 18, 2020

Congratulations to Mandy Dixon, winner of the 2020 Emma Terrell Distinguished Employee Award. Presented annually by the Law School Staff Representative Group, the award recognizes staff members who have demonstrated “a strong work ethic, commitment to service, and exceptional job performance as well as the cooperation needed ... to ensure the School of Law meets and exceeds its goals.”


School of Law grads lead in state bar passage rate for seventh straight year

Friday, December 18, 2020

“Congratulations to our 2020 graduates on their incredible success in Georgia and around the country, during a year that required them to show incredible grit and resilience,” UGA School of Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge said. “Their success on the bar exam represents a key test of our school’s vision to be the nation’s best return on investment in legal education. Thanks to the faculty and staff, especially Tony Waller and other members of the bar preparation working group for supporting our students during their preparations; thanks too to the School of Law’s generous contributors who provided over $120,000 in support toward our bar prep stipend program over the past two years. That authentic support for our students distinguishes our community and will continue to be there for them.”

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