William Mitchell College of Law is expanding its work in the protection of children from abuse. Thanks to a gift from Jeff and Julie Anderson, the law school has created a partnership with the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC), Winona, Minn.
NCPTC is nationally recognized for its education, prevention and advocacy programs to end child abuse, neglect and other forms of child maltreatment.
Under the partnership, Mitchell and NCPTC will expand their educational opportunities in child protection and together host an annual conference at Mitchell on child maltreatment for law professors, practicing attorneys, students, public policy makers, and child protections professionals. They also will work together on other opportunities, including filing amicus briefs in federal and state appellate courts on selected child protection issues. NCPTC recently opened an office at William Mitchell, headed by Amy Russell, NCPTC deputy director, who has begun working with professors and alumni, including Anderson.
“I believe we are in the middle of a child’s civil rights movement in America and globally that really acknowledges the dangers of maltreatment and abuse,” said Jeff Anderson. “Through the partnership between the National Child Protection Training Center and William Mitchell, we will expand our advocacy efforts to include dedicated prevention of childhood abuse.”
“This is an exciting opportunity with enormous potential for us to expand our education and bring about needed changes in public policy, law and the legal system to benefit children.” said President and Dean Eric Janus. “Thanks to Jeff and Julie, our students will be able to study on the front lines of the battle against childhood sexual abuse. But society is the real beneficiary of the Anderson’s generosity, because the gift supports efforts to create a legal system that protects and facilitates the well-being of children.”
Jeff Anderson is widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation and a champion of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In nearly four decades as a litigator he has represented thousands of clients and has tried over 250 jury trials to verdict. He was one of the first trial lawyers in America to publicly and aggressively initiate lawsuits against sexual predators—and the institutions that conceal and protect them. His efforts have obtained justice for thousands of survivors of childhood sexual abuse. The $300,000 gift he and his wife made to Mitchell will help the law school expand its programs that align with his work to protect children from abuse—last year the law school launched a Child Protection Clinic.
In 2003, the American Prosecutor’s Research Institute and Winona State University collaborated to create the National Child Protection Training Center (NCPTC) on the Winona State University campus in Winona, MN. NCPTC provides ongoing training, technical assistance and publications to child protection attorneys and other professionals who are already in the field of civil child protection. Since its inception, NCPTC staff have trained more than 40,000 child protection professionals in all 50 states and 17 countries.