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LAW 1244 v00 : Prosecuting Sexual Violence: Applying Research to Practice

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jgl41 Long, Jennifer
LAW 1244 v00: Prosecuting Sexual Violence: Applying Research to Practice
Prosecuting Sexual Violence: Applying Research to Practice
F 9:00-11:00a
Special Requirement


J.D. students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective).


Criminal Justice (or the equivalent Democracy and Coercion) or Criminal Procedure and Evidence.

Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum and an externship or a clinic or another practicum course.

This practicum course is open to LL.M. students, space permitting. Interested LL.M. students should email Louis Fine ( to request admission.

This course is suitable for evening students who can commit to attending class and working 10 hours/week (during business hours) on site at AEquitas.

This is a four credit course. Two credits will be awarded for the two-hour weekly seminar and two credits for approximately 10 hours of supervised fieldwork per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks, to be scheduled with the faculty. The supervised fieldwork must be completed during normal business hours. The two-credit seminar portion will be graded. The two credits of fieldwork are mandatory pass/fail. Students will be allowed to take another course pass/fail in the same semester as the fieldwork.

Students who enroll in this course will be automatically enrolled in both the seminar and fieldwork components and may not take either component separately. After Add/Drop, a student who wishes to withdraw from a practicum course must obtain permission from the faculty member and the Assistant Dean for Experiential Education. The Assistant Dean will grant such withdrawal requests only when remaining enrolled in the practicum would cause significant hardship for the student. A student who is granted permission to withdraw will be withdrawn from both the seminar and fieldwork components.

Default attendance rule for all practicum courses (unless the professor indicates otherwise): Regular and punctual attendance is required at all practicum seminars and fieldwork placements. Students in project-based practicum courses are similarly required to devote the requisite number of hours to their project. If a student must miss seminar, fieldwork, or project work, he or she must speak to the professor as soon as possible to discuss the absence. Unless the professor indicates otherwise, a student with more than one unexcused absence from the practicum seminar (out of 13 total seminar sessions), or one week of unexcused absences from the fieldwork or project work (out of a total of 11 weeks of fieldwork or project work), may receive a lower grade or, at the professor’s discretion, may be withdrawn from the practicum course.

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Personal Information


Jennifer Gentile Long (MGA, JD) serves as the Chief Executive Officer of AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, a global project she co-founded in April 2009. AEquitas' mission is to improve the quality of justice in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and human trafficking cases by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability.

Professor Long began her career by serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she prosecuted cases involving adult and child physical and sexual abuse. During her tenure in the District Attorney's Office, she was a staunch advocate for victim's rights and was part of a collaborative team that recognized the prosecutor's mandate to seek justice - and not just convictions. Her practices focused on protecting victims from the collateral consequences of participating in the criminal justice system while protecting communities from offenders.

Continuing her career in the field of criminal justice, Professor Long was a Senior Attorney at and then was appointed the Director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women at the American Prosecutors Research Institute. Professor Long authored Introducing Expert Testimony to Explain Victim Behavior in Sexual and Domestic Violence Prosecutions, widely recognized as the seminal resource on the subject for prosecutors, as well as other articles on topics ranging from intimate partner sexual assault to children witnessing domestic violence.

Professor Long also served as a volunteer child advocate through the Support Center for Child Advocacy in Philadelphia; an advocate at the Women's Resource Center in Hamilton, Bermuda; a labor and employment law attorney; and an attorney with the Department of Veteran's Affairs in Washington, DC.

As the Director of AEquitas, she continues to publish articles and provides case consultation and resources to prosecutors employed at the state, local, and federal levels, as well as all branches of the U.S. military and the Department of Defense. In addition to her work in the U.S., she has worked closely with allied justice system professionals representing several countries including Liberia, Cameroon, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Fiji, Israel, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia, Kenya, Rwanda, Mexico, and India where her work has included working with Fellows, developing and participating in leadership institutes and training events, and providing technical assistance. Professor Long serves as an Advisory Committee Member with the American Law Institute, an Editorial Board Member with the Civic Research Institute for the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Reports, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.

Professor Long graduated from Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and East Asian Studies and the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Fels School of Government with a Juris Doctor degree and a Masters in Government Administration. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars.

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