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Michael Gregory and Susan Cole of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative at the HLS WilmerHale Legal Services Center have been named as 2009 Bellow Scholars by the American Association of Law Schools (AALS).
Gregory, senior clinical fellow and lecturer in law, and Cole, clinical instructor and lecturer in law, received the prestigious award in recognition of their work to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to violence succeed in school. They and their clinical students at TLPI are engaged in both effectuating and studying systemic change in the education system on behalf of traumatized children. Specifically, their Bellow Scholar project, entitled, “Evaluating Advocacy in Trauma-Sensitive Schools,” will assess the effectiveness of TLPI’s various advocacy strategies in supporting the creation of trauma-sensitive schools in Massachusetts.
“The important work in which Susan, Mike and their students are involved sheds light on an often-misunderstood community, children traumatized by violence,” says Brian Price, director of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center. “Their individual case advocacy and policy work with school departments, legislators and administrators is bringing about systemic change that is improving the lives of many children. I'm delighted that Susan's and Mike's pioneering work has been recognized by the national clinical academic community.”
According to the Bellow Scholar Committee, this year’s scholars were selected from “an exemplary group of applicants.” The recipients will be acknowledged at the clinical section luncheon in San Diego and will present their work in a concurrent session at the May clinical conference in Cleveland. The third annual Bellow Scholar Workshop to support the scholars will be held next fall at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia.
The other 2009 Bellow scholars and their projects are Faith Mullen, of the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America, “Access to Justice and Community Involvement in the DC Office of Administrative Hearings;” David Santacroce of the University of Michigan Law School, “The Consequences of Institutionalization for the
Teaching-Service Mission of Clinics;” and Mary Spector of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, “The Impact of Debt Collection Litigation on Consumers and Courts.”
The Bellow Scholars award was named in honor of HLS Professor Gary Bellow, a visionary leader in clinical education and access to justice who, with his wife Jeanne Charn, co-founded the Legal Services Center. The award, given by the AALS’s Clinical Section's Lawyering in the Public Interest Bellow Scholar Committee, recognizes clinical faculty at various law schools involved in anti-poverty or access to justice work.
For more information on Gregory and Cole’s advocacy, please see TLPI’s report and policy agenda Helping Traumatized Children Learn.
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