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Oregon Child Advocacy Project

Oregon Child Advocacy Project

Pursuing Justice for Children

The Oregon Child Advocacy Project at the University of Oregon School of Law pursues legal change to protect children's interests. Faculty and students associated with OCAP work on legislative proposals and provide research assistance and consultation to attorneys in cases that advance the project’s goals. OCAP does not represent individual clients or give advice to private individuals.

OCAP Events

Photo by Cheri Brooks, UO Law Class of 2005.

STATE BAR FAMILY LAW CONFERENCE The Oregon Academy of Family Law Practitioners and the Oregon chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers are providing two scholarships for students to attend the annual conference of the Family Law section of the Oregon State bar October 10-15 at Salishan on the Oregon coast.       Scholarships cover registration, hotel rooms, and food. The conference on is a great opportunity to learn about cutting edge issues and to network with members of the bar.  This opportunity is open to second- and third-year students.  To apply for a scholarship, please email a one-page letter describing your interest in family law, along with your resume, to Professor Leslie Harris, lharris@uoregon.edu by Monday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m.

INTERESTED IN JUVENILE LAW? The Oregon Juvenile Academy is sponsoring a two-day training for juvenile court lawyers in Eugene on October 21-22 (Monday and Tuesday). Law students may attend part or all the conference free if they volunteer some time to help with registration or other tasks at the conference. You can see more information about the conference here. The Academy is a consortium including the state Office of Public Defense Services, the Juvenile Law Section of the State Bar, Youth Rights and Justice, representatives from the DOJ, and, of course, the law school.  Lawyers from all over the state come to this training.  The materials and presenters are always good, and it's a great chance to network. If you would like to attend, please email Professor Leslie Harris, lharris@uoregon.edu by September 24.


Every summer five to six students extern with juvenile court judges and nonprofit lawyers that advocate for children through the Child Advocacy Externship Program. Judge Daniel Murphy, Linn County Circuit Court, has hosted externs each summer since 2004. Kristin Ware, '10, and Sara Kearsley, '11, externed with him in 2008 and 2009. For more about the externships, go to http://familylaw.uoregon.edu/child/externship/.

Meet the 2013-2014 Fellows Colleen O’Malley, class of 2014, return as the Bettie L. Harris Child Advocacy Fellow. Joining her as Campbell Child Advocacy Fellows are Linda Bruce, class of 2014, and Jason Pierson, Jenna Royce, and Tyler Neish, all class of 2015. The first OCAP fellows, named this year, are Kelsey Fleharty, Chris Gray and Carrie Murray, all class of 2014, and Nate Gurol, class of 2015. For more information about them, please visit the fellows page.

Last year’s OCAP Presentations Did you miss one of the OCAP presentations last year? Want to hear about new developments related to them? Visit these websites, which have video recordings of the presentations, background materials, and updates.

OCAP Fellows as Graphic Artists OCAP has been very fortunate to have fellows who are not only excellent lawyers but also fine artists. To see posters they have created, click here.

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