Release date: Feb. 9, 2001
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Emory Awarded $94,000 To Expand Barton Child Law & Policy Clinic
Emory University School of Law has received a one-year, $94,000 grant
from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to establish a senior policy
fellow position within its Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic. Dr. Patrice
Harris, a specialist in adolescent and forensic psychiatry, has been
hired for the position.
"The Blank Foundation support will help the Barton Clinic expand
its work at the legislative and policy level," said law school
Dean Howard O. Hunter in announcing the grant. "The new fellow,
Patrice Harris, will help the clinic achieve the goal of being a multi-disciplinary
resource working with several of Emorys schools."
"Dr. Harris brings a strong background in working with families
involved with Georgias Division of Family and Children Services
as well as experience in providing policy information to legislators,"
says Karen Worthington, director of the Barton Clinic. "She will
be coordinating the clinics work as the lead agency for the Georgia
Childrens Agenda item of strengthening Child Protective Services
capacity to protect children from abuse and neglect."
In this role, Harris will direct the work of students tracking legislation
at the state capitol and be responsible for periodic legislative updates
sent through the clinics listserv, which is open to anyone interested
in staying informed about these issues in Georgia. After the legislative
session, Harris will work on policy issues both through research and
program implementation in collaboration with other child-serving organizations.
A graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine, Harris completed
residency in child and adolescent psychiatry and in forensic psychiatry
at Emory University School of Medicine.
"By integrating the fields of research and policy development in
Georgia and using technology to connect various leaders and participants
in the states child welfare system, the Barton Clinic is providing
much-needed services to Georgians charged with protecting children,"
The Barton Clinic was created in March 2000 to serve as a strong catalyst
for systemic policy and process changes and improvements in Georgias
child welfare practices. The clinic currently is staffed by four Emory
law students and one master of social work student from Georgia State
University. The clinic also directs the summer Child Advocacy Program,
begun at the law school in 1992, in which students from Emory and other
universities work in child advocacy positions across Georgia. In December
the clinic expanded to include former state Sen. Mary Margaret Oliver,
who is directing policy research at the clinic.
The Arthur M. Blank Foundation is committed to supporting programs and
organizations that create opportunity, enhance self-esteem and increase
awareness about cultural and community issues among young men and women
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