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Faculty: Professor Jessica Emerson

Law Students:

ABA Webinar Series One: Introduction to Post-Conviction Advocacy for Human Trafficking Survivors

The following FREE webinar will be offered in this series:

Impact of Arrest and Conviction Records
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 1:30-3:00pm E.S.T.

This webinar will identify collateral consequences that flow from an arrest, and how they impact people involved in the criminal justice system. Participants will learn what constitutes a criminal record and how to access a criminal record, and how a criminal record impacts legal representation on behalf of human trafficking survivors.

Guest Speakers
Prof. Jessica Emerson
Kate Mogulescu


The Human Trafficking Prevention Project, housed within the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic, focuses on reducing the collateral consequences of criminal-justice involvement for survivors of human trafficking and those populations most vulnerable to exploitation. Under faculty supervision, student-attorneys represent clients filing expungement, shielding, and state or federal pardon petitions. Students also represent survivors of sex trafficking who seek to vacate their prostitution convictions under Maryland's "vacating convictions" law. In addition, students work on special projects, providing community education presentations at partnering community organizations and engaging in legislative advocacy (on both the state and federal levels) to support systemic criminal justice reform.

Seminars for the Human Trafficking Prevention Project are held jointly with the Civil Advocacy Clinic. Students have weekly supervision sessions with the Human Trafficking Prevention Project faculty. In addition, the course has a trial advocacy component that culminates in a mock expungement hearing before guest judges. Students are advised that the Human Trafficking Prevention Project requires a significant time commitment of, on average, 20 hours per week.

Co- or prerequisiteEvidence,  Professional Responsibility

Recommended: Constitutional Criminal Procedure

Policies and procedures:

The Human Trafficking Prevention Project selects its students through the lottery process.