The Baldy Center Podcast


Episode 30. Judith Olin discusses Erin’s Law and advocacy for victims of family violence

Published October 21, 2022

Judith Olin discusses Erin’s Law, which mandates child sexual abuse prevention curricula in schools. She discusses the weaknesses in the implementation of Erin’s Law in New York and the critical need for training school professionals in responding to children who disclose sexual abuse.

Keywords: Erin’s Law, child sexual abuse prevention education, teen dating violence prevention

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Erin's Law in its pure form, contains five different components or requirements. The law targets all public schools in a given state to implement a prevention-oriented, child sexual abuse program for students in pre-K through grade 12, by teaching age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and how a child can tell a trusted adult, while also training school personnel, because you never know who a child might end up telling. [...] 

Hopefully having this kind of prevention education will reduce the incidents of child sexual abuse leading to fewer victims.”                     
                           — Judith Olin
                                (Baldy Center Podcast, 2022)

Judith Olin, Clinical Professor of Law, School of Law, University at Buffalo

RESEARCH FOCUS: Erin's Law, Family Violence, and Women’s Rights Law

Judith Olin.

Judith Olin

Judith Olin joined the UB faculty in 2016 to direct the Family Violence and Women’s Rights Law Clinic.  Her legal career has been dedicated to advocacy on behalf of victims of family violence. In her years as a legal services attorney, she focused on the representation of victims of domestic violence in divorce and child custody cases and initiated impact litigation leading to reform in the Buffalo Police Department’s policies in domestic violence cases.

Olin went on to become an Erie County prosecutor specializing in domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault cases. As Director of the Lee Gross Anthone Child Advocacy Center, Olin led a multidisciplinary team that coordinated child abuse investigations for Erie County. Olin chairs the Domestic Violence Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Western New York and serves on The Erie County Coalition Against Family Violence and the local Rape Crisis Advisory Board. 

Olin received her B.A. from New York University, and her juris doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

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Simon Honig, Podcast Producer

Simon Honig, a third-year law student at the University at Buffalo School of Law, is the host/producer for the 2022-23 Edition of the Baldy Center Podcast. Honig.

Simon Honig

Simon Honig, a third-year law student at the University at Buffalo School of Law, is the host/producer for the 2022-23 Edition of The Baldy Center Podcast. Honig is a Law Clerk at Block, Longo, LaMarca & Brzezinski, P.C., an Associate at the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review, a Student Ambassador, and the Social Media Coordinator for the Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Law Society. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Marketing at SUNY Geneseo. Honig’s career interests lay at the crossroads between sports law and intellectual property law.

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Samantha Barbas
Professor, UB School of Law; Director, The Baldy Center

Caroline Funk 
Associate Director, The Baldy Center