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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Crime Victim Litigation Clinic

Under the supervision of Clinical Professor Meg Garvin students support crime victim attorneys nationwide through legal research and writing to support lawyers nationwide who are directly representing crime victims in criminal cases; to help write amicus curiae briefs that are filed in trial and appellate courts nationwide; to help anticipate and prepare for future litigation at both the trial and appellate levels; and for legal publications on emerging issues in victim law.

Fall 2015 Clinic Class

This fall five Lewis & Clark Law students who are in either their second or third year have joined the NCVLI litigation team.  These students are enrolled in the Crime Victim Litigation Clinic and are undertaking intense research and writing on victims’ rights issues being litigated in state, federal and military courts across the country.  Among the cases students are working on are: determining whether a teenage crime victim in Oregon can testify by CCTV rather than in person; an amicus curiae brief to the South Carolina Supreme Court arguing that a crime victim must be notified and have the right to object before her private and privileged records are disclosed; and an amicus curiae brief before the Connecticut Supreme Court arguing that seven million dollars is not excessive compensation for a child-victim of sexual assault.  In addition, students are helping to craft model laws that afford key protections to crime victims.  We are excited to have this group of students on the team.