University of Georgia Awarded $1 Million for Family Justice Clinic

University of Georgia Awarded $1 Million for Family Justice Clinic

The University of Georgia has announced a $1 million gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous in support of the Family Justice Clinic at its School of Law

The gift will support the activities of the clinic, which provides survivors of domestic violence in Athens-Clarke and Oconee counties with direct representation as well as free legal and extra-legal support, enabling it to hire a postgraduate fellow to assist the clinic's director. The gift also will create a Distinguished Law Fellowship — a full tuition-plus scholarship to be awarded to a student with an interest in serving victims of domestic violence. Both the clinic and the fellowship will be named in memory of Jane W. Wilson, who was shot and killed in rural Georgia in 1976 by her second husband in the presence of their two young children.

"We will work hard to honor the memory of Mrs. Wilson and help those affected by domestic violence," said UGA School of Law dean Peter B. Rutledge. "This donation will fund and expand essential legal work in a field that is often not discussed until something horrific occurs. This gift will help provide tomorrow's legal leaders the knowledge, experience, and resources to combat family violence."

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"$1M Gift to UGA Law School to Support Family Justice Clinic." University of Georgia Press Release 08/09/2019.