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National Crime Victim Law Institute

Preparing the Next Wave of Victims’ Rights Attorneys

April 06, 2018

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As part of our mission to increase the capacity to serve victims, we host undergraduate and graduate interns and teach law students in Lewis & Clark Law School’s Crime Victim Litigation Clinic. Clinic students undertake intense research and writing on victims’ rights issues being litigated in state, federal and military courts across the country and help to craft model laws that afford key protections to crime victims. 

This term’s students assisted with:

  • Research to support an amicus curiae filing in support of victims’ right to restitution in an Oregon case;
  • Research and drafting legal briefs in support of a victims right to restitution in an Arizona case;
  • Development of training materials for a state victim assistance academy; and
  • Legal research to support litigation of victims’ rights.

The work of these students goes a long way toward securing a fair and just criminal justice system and ensuring attorneys exist to assist victims. Sarah Fine, a student this term, commented on her experience learning about victims’ rights, “It’s made me grateful for the power I have as a lawyer to strongly impact a person’s life in their toughest moments. Being able to be a vulnerable person’s sword and shield is the great privilege of my life.”

To learn more about two of this term’s students, read profiles for Sarah Fine and Kaylee Dickerboom.