Article details Jess Emerson’s anti-trafficking work in clinic

UPDATES/University of Baltimore School of Law

The work of Jessica Emerson, J.D. ’13, clinical teaching fellow in the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic, is the focus of a Sept. 23 Daily Record article, “Law students join anti-trafficking efforts at UB Law clinic.”

Emerson has worked for more than two years to help survivors of the commercial sex trade vacate their prostitution convictions. She also helps train other lawyers to take on the cases pro bono and advises advocates in other states.

The Maryland legislature passed a law in 2011 that allows survivors of sex trafficking to have their prostitution convictions voided.

Emerson began the project as an Equal Justice Works fellow at the Women’s Law Center and moved the project to the law school last month.

She emphasized that she and the clinic’s student-attorneys must take a holistic view of their clients’ situations.

“Because of the criminalization of prostitution and the criminalization of homelessness and…

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