School of Law clinics receive Equal Justice Works Grant for crime victims fellowship

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The University of Georgia School of Law has received a grant from Equal Justice Works to support a Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow for two years. Associate Professor Jason Cade and Assistant Clinical Professor Christine Scartz – who oversee the law school’s Community Health Law Partnership and Family Justice clinics, respectively – collaborated with Grants Coordinator Amanda Shaw to secure the funding for this instrumental position.

The CVJC Fellow will represent immigrant victims of crime in civil legal matters, conduct outreach within immigrant communities and strengthen networks with local law enforcement and other community partners to increase access to justice for the clinics' clients. The law school’s program will begin June 2018 and run through May 2020.

The grant will also fund paid summer positions for law students to assist the Fellow.

Crime Victims Justice Corps is a new Equal Justice Works initiative that is supported by funds from the U.S. Department of Justice. It aims to “increase access to civil legal assistance and enforce the rights of crime victims by mobilizing 62 Fellows and 34 law students over the two-year fellowship term.” Fellows and law students will work at nonprofit organizations across the country.  Notably, out of 48 CVJC awards nationwide, the School of Law was the only educational institution to receive monetary support and was also the only organization in Georgia to be selected.

For those interested in the fellowship position more information can be found on UGA’s HR website at: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/21820 .