Faculty, Staff, and Volunteers
Bridgette Carr directs the Human Trafficking Clinic. She graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 1998, and earned her JD cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 2002. During law school, Professor Carr was a Michigan Refugee and Asylum Law Fellow with Amnesty International. Prior to joining the Michigan Law faculty, Professor Carr was an associate clinical professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she led the Immigrant Rights Project. In 2008, she was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship to study human trafficking issues in Europe. She is a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Taskforce.
Suellyn Scarnecchia, clinical professor of law, returned to the Law School in 2012 to join the Human Trafficking Clinic after spending a decade in academic administrative posts. Most recently, she served as Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Michigan from 2008-2012. From 2003-2008, she served as Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Prior to serving as Dean, Professor Scarnecchia was a member of the clinical faculty at the University of Michigan Law School for 16 years where she was Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and taught in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic. She has also taught a variety of other courses, including Access to Justice, Negotiation, Children & the Law, and an Interdisciplinary Seminar in Child Abuse and Neglect. She received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and her JD from the University of Michigan ('81). She currently serves on the Board of Legal Services of South Central Michigan, a nonprofit organization that provide legal services to the poor.
Orli Avi-Yonah, Ph.D., MSW, Clinical Psychologist
Elizabeth Campbell, Staff Attorney
Eva Foti, Clinical Fellow
Sandy Springer, Clinic Administrator
Due to the diverse nationalities of our clients, the Human Trafficking Clinic frequently relies on law students, undergraduate students, and members of the community to generously volunteer their time to provide translation services. It is crucial that we communicate with clients in their native language, thus we are extraordinarily grateful for all of our volunteer translators.
The Human Trafficking Law Project relies on the efforts of numerous volunteers from inside the Law School community, as well as outside of it. Some students volunteer as part of the University of Michigan Law School's Pro Bono Pledge, a voluntary program for current students, which encourages students to perform 50 hours or more of qualifying pro bono work during their three years in law school. Students performing at least 50 hours of pro bono work prior to graduation will receive a Certificate of Pro Bono Service from the Dean, recognition at an annual pro bono banquet, and acknowledgement during the Honors Convocation.
In addition to the law students who volunteer a couple hours per week during semesters and over the summers, and those who have volunteered to work full time with the HTLP and clinic this summer, the HTLP's volunteers include graduates of the Law School. They donate a couple hours a week and work from Ann Arbor, from around the country, and the world.
Finally, the HTLP benefits from the efforts of recent Law School graduates. Some graduates have been able to work full time with the project thanks to the Post-Graduate Fellowship Program that Michigan Law offers. Other graduates have taken the opportunity to defer their starting date at law firms around the country, and are using a stipend from those firms in order to work for the clinic full time.
The work of the HTLP would not be possible without the efforts of this large and dedicated team of volunteers.
Full-Time Volunteers (past and present):
Juliana Vengoechea Barrios
Part-Time Volunteers (past and present):
William Miles Fuller
Jennifer Svegel-Ford Walker