Jean Goetz Mangan

Staff Attorney, Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic

B.A., University of Georgia
J.D., University of Georgia


Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic
Legal Writing

Biographical Information: 

Jean Goetz Mangan currently serves as the first staff attorney for the Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation (CEASE) Clinic at the University of Georgia School of Law. In this role, she supervises both law and social work students as the clinic – the first of its kind in the nation – continues its mission of representing and advocating for survivors of childhood sexual abuse in civil litigation and juvenile court dependency proceedings.

Before joining the law school as staff attorney, Mangan served as an assistant district attorney for both the Ocmulgee and Northern Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Offices, where she represented the state of Georgia in felony and misdemeanor trials, plea agreements, motions and other criminal matters.  She was responsible for handling all types of cases, from speeding tickets to vehicular homicide in the first degree. 

During her time with the Ocmulgee Circuit, in addition to her prosecutorial duties, Mangan supervised law student interns from the law school’s Prosecutorial Clinic. She also taught several law enforcement classes on a variety of topics.

While with the Northern Circuit, Mangan was honored as the 2013 Northern Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney of the Year. She also served as the appellate attorney for the Circuit, and she argued before the Supreme Court of Georgia on behalf of the State for Currier v. State; that conviction was upheld.

Mangan has worked for a plaintiffs’ civil litigation firm handling both state and federal class actions using Georgia’s Debt Adjustment Act, as well personal injury and medical malpractice claims. During her time with this firm, Mangan served on the editorial board of Verdict, Georgia Trial Lawyers’ Association’s quarterly publication and also published three legal articles. 

Mangan has also worked for a defendants’ civil litigation firm that specializes in personal injury defense for trucking litigation matters.

She also previously held the position of public service fellow for Judge Thomas L. Hodges III of the Northern Judicial Circuit, for whom she also served as judicial extern during her third year of law school.

Mangan earned her Juris Doctor from UGA. She wrote her supervised research paper on forcible medication of mentally ill defendants to render them competent to stand trial, entitled, “Justifying Restoring Mental Competency: Sell and Its Effects on State Law.”  She also served as a research assistant for Professor Andrea Dennis where she provided research support for Dennis and Carol E. Jordan, Encouraging Victims:  Responding to a Recent Study of Battered Women Who Commit Crimes, 15 Nevada Law Journal 1 (2014).

Mangan earned her bachelor’s degree in history summa cum laude with honors fem UGA. Her undergraduate thesis is entitled “Religious Reformation Under Henry VIII: Actions from Above Affect Those Below.”