UGA task force to examine lessons from pandemic, Ringhand to serve

Thursday, July 1, 2021

As UGA prepares for a full return to normal campus operations this fall, it is also looking back to identify how lessons learned from a year and a half of teaching during the COVID pandemic can enhance the learning environment. The Task Force on the Future of Teaching and Learning at UGA is composed of 27 faculty, staff and students from across the institution and is scheduled to deliver a report on its findings at the end of fall semester. Hosch Professor & Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Lori A. Ringhand will serve on the task force.

Supreme Court: Off-campus student speech protected, but schools do have power to regulate

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Mahanoy Area School District  v. B.L. is the first U.S. Supreme Court decision addressing whether public schools may constitutionally regulate off-campus student speech. The Supreme Court’s prior student-speech decisions involved speech on school grounds, during school-sponsored events or in school-sponsored publications. The Supreme Court’s 8-1 recent decision in Mahanoy allows both sides to claim victory, according to Clare Norins, director of the University of Georgia School of Law’s First Amendment Clinic, who also serves as an assistant clinical professor.

Wilbanks CEASE Clinic authors amicus brief

Thursday, June 24, 2021

The Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic has filed an amicus brief in the case Philip Doe v. Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, et al., urging the Georgia Supreme Court to grant certiorari in the case and overturn a decision by the state Court of Appeals. The brief argues that the lower court’s decision is inconsistent with Georgia law and that it could deny justice for survivors of child sexual abuse. The brief was authored by Wilbanks CEASE Clinic Post-Graduate Fellow Melina D. Lewis and Director Emma M. Hetherington.

Free virtual legal clinic for veterans July 10

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

A free virtual legal clinic for Georgia veterans will happen on Saturday, July 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Veterans in Northeast Georgia can access the clinic in person in Gainesville, Georgia. Veterans from other parts of the state can connect by webcam or telephone. The Georgia Veterans Outreach Project offers legal advice on issues important to veterans. Veterans must register in advance. They can call (706) 542-6439 or email Registration closes at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 7.

Wilbanks CEASE Clinic receives win before Georgia Supreme Court

Monday, June 21, 2021

The Wilbanks Child Endangerment and Sexual Exploitation Clinic received a favorable opinion in a case 2021 graduate Devin Mashman argued before the Supreme Court of Georgia. The case Harvey v. Merchan involved the choice of law and the constitutionality of the state’s Hidden Predator Act. The court determined that the act’s retroactive window is constitutional and that claims can go forward regardless of where they were committed. Mashman and second-year students Maigan Jenkins and Annefloor De Groot also assisted in writing the brief.