Oregon DOJ Invests in Student Survivor Legal Services

Students at UO, LCC, and NCU to benefit

Sep 28, 2016

(Eugene, Ore.) — The Domestic Violence Clinic at the University of Oregon School of Law has been awarded $300,000 by the Oregon Department of Justice to continue and expand its office of Student Survivor Legal Services.

Student Survivor Legal Services opened two years ago to bring critically needed legal services to students who were victims of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, or stalking on the UO campus.  As staff attorney Kasia Mlynski explained, “Students need confidential legal advice to understand their options with regard to campus, civil, and criminal remedies. I am delighted that I will be able to continue to give that advice and to represent UO students in those types of matters.”

The new grant will permit the office to offer legal services to students at Lane Community College and Northwest Christian University, in addition to the UO.  Professor Merle Weiner, faculty director of the Domestic Violence Clinic and writer of the grant from the Department of Justice, said, “Legal services are vitally important to student survivors on all types of campuses. It is incumbent upon us all to think of creative ways to offer such services when they are not available. This grant will allow the Domestic Violence Clinic to offer a post-graduate fellowship to a graduate of the law school while also serving survivors on other campuses.”

The current grant will fund half of Mlynski's salary for three years, half of a secretary’s salary for three years, and half of a new post-graduate fellow’s salary for two years. The post-graduate fellow will be trained by Mlynski and the other two attorneys at the Domestic Violence Clinic, Mike Quillin and Kathryn Moakley. 

As for the remaining funding necessary to for the Student Survivor Legal Services positions, Weiner indicated that she would be reaching out to ASUO to fund Mlynski's position, which will serve UO students only. She will be seeking private philanthropy and grants to fund the other half of the new attorney position, which will serve students at LCC and NCU. 

Individuals may also contribute to this project through the UO Foundation. Click: http://tinyurl.com/osw96eo and type “Student Survivor Legal Services c/o DVCin the "additional instructions" box.

The Domestic Violence Clinic is a partnership between the University of Oregon School of Law and local advocacy organizations, Womenspace and Sexual Assault Support Services. The clinic operates in-house at Oregon Law. To learn more about this and other clinics operated through the law school, visit https://law.uoregon.edu/explore/clinics.