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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.

imageFall 2014 Clinic Class

During the Fall 2013 term, five law students participated in the Clinic. They worked on projects covering a wide range of legal issues, including: whether violations of a victim’s rights to be notified of, and present and heard at sentencing provide authority for the court to vacate a sentence under California law; whether the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA), 18 U.S.C. § 3771, is applicable in immigration removal proceedings; and whether, under Oregon law, victim information can be redacted from documents produced in response to discovery requests during probation violation hearings. In addition they helped on two of NCVLI’s amicus briefs: the first was filed in the Arizona Court of Appeals arguing that a corporation qualifies for victims’ rights under Arizona law; the second was filed with the United States Supreme Court arguing that in cases involving possession of child rape images (a.k.a. child pornography) victims are entitled to full restitution from every convicted possessor.



Payment of a $40 Clinic fee is required.  Students should pay by making checks payable to NCVLI on the first day of class. The fee will be refunded in full if a student drops the class during the “free” add/drop period of the semester. After that, no refund will be issued.”