ATLANTA - January 7, 2021 - In light of recent motions by defense attorneys for Gregory and Travis McMichael, the father and son charged with the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, Marsy’s Law for Georgia today made a clear case that Ahmaud Arbery and his family should be referred to as victims in court.
Sheila Simon rejoined the School of Law faculty after serving as Lieutenant Governor of Illinois from 2011 to 2015. As Lieutenant Governor she worked on many issues including education policy and secure funding for rape crisis centers. In addition to her experience in state government and local government, Simon has been a long-time teacher at the School of Law and was the first staff attorney for the Domestic Violence Clinic. Before joining the faculty, she was an assistant state’s attorney for four years, with two of those years, spent prosecuting domestic batterers. Her civil law experience includes five years as a staff attorney at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, and three years in private practice. Simon is one of the authors of Legal Writing, now in its third edition. Ms. Simon is a member of the board of the Women’s Center, Equality Illinois, and Marsy’s Law Illinois. She has served on a panel to screen federal judge applicants and been a pro bono attorney for the Association for Late Deafened Adults. She also served on the Carbondale City Council from 2003 to 2007.
In a recent letter to the editor in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, domestic violence survivor Misty Hicks describes how Marsy’s Law for Florida, which provides crime victims with constitutionally mandated rights and protections, helped ensure a just outcome in her case.
Crime victim advocate and attorney discusses how the law has been implemented in Wisconsin and is being applied in courtrooms
Marsy’s Law will now be added to Kentucky’s constitution, ensuring the inclusion, participation, and respect of victims and their families as they navigate the criminal justice system
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2020) — Kentucky voters today overwhelmingly approved Constitutional Amendment #1 (Marsy’s Law), which will finally ensure the inclusion, participation, and respect of crime victims and their families as they navigate the criminal justice system. The Bluegrass State was previously one of only 15 states that did not protect victims’ rights in its constitution.