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Child Abuse Reporting Obligations: What Attorneys Need to Know

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While reports of child abuse are more prevalent today than in the past, there are still an untold number of abuses that go unreported. One of the ways to address this issue is to assign certain individuals as mandatory child abuse reporters. Given their position of trust and respect in society as well as their likely association with victims of such abuse, attorneys in Oregon are one group that has been designated, requiring them to complete regular training as part of their continuing legal education requirements.

This CLE course, presented by Peter Janci of O’Donnell Clark and Crew, LLP, who specializes in representing victims of child sexual abuse against perpetrators and institutions that do not act against such abuse, will explain the mandatory child abuse reporting laws to which Oregon attorneys are subject. The course will also define the mandatory reporting law and explain its importance as well as others who are subject to it. The course will also review the procedures for reporting, penalties and liabilities for failing to report and for erroneous reporting.

Lecturer Bio

Peter B. Janci, Esq.

Crew Janci LLP Partner Peter B. Janci has represented more than one hundred victims of sexual abuse over nearly a decade. These cases have regularly put Peter up against large and powerful institutions, including: the Catholic Church; the Mormon Church; the Boy Scouts of America; federal, state and local governments; and other public and private institutions of trust. Peter strives to obtain exceptional results for his clients through zealous advocacy and creativity.

Peter has represented more than one hundred victims of sexual abuse over nearly a decade. In Spring of 2010, Peter Janci served as part of the Plaintiff’s trial team in Kerry Lewis v. Boy Scouts of America — a child sexual abuse trial in Portland, Oregon that resulted in a $19.9 million verdict for the Plaintiff. Peter has tried a number of jury and bench trials, in addition to representing clients at arbitration and meditation. Peter has also helped obtain dozens of other significant settlements for other survivors of sexual abuse.

Peter Janci began his advocacy for victims of sexual abuse in 2005 when he first met his mentor, Kelly Clark (deceased), a founding partner of O’Donnell Clark & Crew LLP. Peter first became involved in advocating for survivors of sexual abuse in religious institutions by researching and co-authoring a scholarly article with Kelly Clark and another attorney entitled: “Of Compelling Interest: The Intersection of Religious Freedom and Civil Liability in the Priest Sex Abuse Cases,” 85 Oregon Law Review 481 (2006). For almost a decade, Peter Janci worked closely with Kelly Clark at the law firm of O’Donnell Clark & Crew, representing victims of sexual abuse. Following Mr. Clark’s death in late 2013, Peter and Steve Crew decided they could best continue this legacy by forming a new firm that was solely focused on advocating for victims of sexual abuse and other crimes. That firm is Crew Janci LLP.

Peter Janci’s advocacy for survivors of sexual abuse and other crimes goes beyond traditional lawyering. Peter advocates for legislative changes to extend greater protections and access to justice for children and the vulnerable. Peter also regularly writes and presents about sexual abuse, crime victims’ rights, mandatory reporting, and related issues. Peter Janci also appears in local and national media to advocate for his clients and offer insights about sexual abuse and child protection issues–including in the Associated Press, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and other leading news outlets. In addition to his work representing victims of sexual abuse and other crimes, Peter selectively accepts a limited number of other serious personal injury cases including cases advocating for victims of catastrophic injuries, psychological/psychiatrist malpractice, and wrongful death.

You can read more about Peter B. Janci here

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