Under the supervision of Clinical Professor Meg Garvin, the Crime Victims Litigation Clinic (CLVC) offers second and third-year law students the unique opportunity to be on the cutting edge of criminal law and procedure.
Victims’ rights were passed into law several decades ago but are only now being recognized in the media and in law. From #MeToo to the high profile cases against athletes and actors, victims’ voices are starting to resonate. In the CVLC Students will have the chance to work on a variety of casework and policy issues touching on sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, homicide, trafficking, “revenge porn”, “child pornography”, identity theft/fraud and much more. Over the years CVLC Students have worked on high profile cases including those with defendants Kobe Bryant, Bill Cosby, Jeffrey Epstein, and Hope Solo.
The majority of the work involves issues of first impression which means students will not merely be finding and interpreting the law but they will help create law. Students will write legal memoranda to inform litigation and draft amicus curiae briefs for appellate courts nationwide. In addition to casework, students will have the opportunity to contribute to legal policy through legislative analysis and model legislation drafting.
Students will have the chance to work with the entire legal team of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI).
Find out more about CVLC requirements and opportunities in the course catalog.