Emma M. Hetherington

Director, Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic
B.A., Emory University
J.D., University of Georgia

Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic

Biographical Information: 

Emma M. Hetherington is the director of Georgia Law’s Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic. The clinic, the first of its kind in the nation, is dedicated to the assistance of survivors of child sexual abuse.

Before joining the law school’s faculty, she worked as the principle attorney at The Hetherington Firm, where she represented individuals in child welfare dependency proceedings and special education cases. She also served as a guardian ad litem for children in foster care and represented survivors of child sexual assault and exploitation. Her other previous legal experience includes serving as the managing attorney for the Georgia Law Center for the Homeless and as the senior child advocate attorney for the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center.

Hetherington earned her bachelor’s degree from Emory University and her juris doctor cum laude from Georgia Law. While in law school, she co-founded the Public Interest Law Council. Prior to her work as a lawyer, she taught special education at the Emory Autism Center.