News Release: Law

Jul. 17,  2008

Emory's Barton Child Law Clinic Names Director

Karen Worthington has been appointed director of Emory University School of Law's Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic effective August 2008. Worthington served as the Barton Clinic's director from its opening in 2000 until 2006, and has served as part-time co-director for the last two years.

Worthington also serves as a senior fellow of Emory's Center for the Study of Law and Religion, also based at the law school, and has been chosen to participate in Emory's inaugural Academic Leadership Program.

Prior to joining Emory Law, Worthington served as director of program development for Fulton County Juvenile Court, as a staff attorney with the Juvenile Advocacy Division of Georgia Indigent Defense Council, and as director of the Georgia Supreme Court Child Placement Project.

The Barton Clinic is dedicated to effecting systemic policy and process changes for the benefit of children in Georgia's child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The clinic serves these children by providing multi-disciplinary, child-focused research, training and support for practitioners and policymakers and by training the next generation of child advocates. The clinic teaches law and other graduate students through the Emory Summer Child Advocacy Program and the clinic's three academic year offerings: a juvenile defender clinic, a public policy clinic and a legislative clinic.

The Barton Clinic collaborates with Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, School of Medicine and Candler School of Theology, as well as other Georgia colleges and universities.

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