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Natalie Hollabaugh

  • Hosted by Criminal Justice Reform Clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Sponsored by Intel Corporation, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
  • Service location Portland, Oregon
  • Law school Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Criminal Justice Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Natalie (she/her/hers) will reduce youth entanglement in the criminal justice system by providing tools for self-advocacy, empowering system-involved youth, and ensuring pro bono access to reduce barriers.

The project fills gaps in the juvenile justice legal services and resource network in Oregon and creates ongoing supports to benefit youth. Identified by youth who have interacted with the criminal justice system and a recent National Juvenile Defender Center report, these gaps make youth, particularly BIPOC youth, especially vulnerable to more severe consequences resulting from juvenile convictions. The project will reach into Oregon’s 197 school districts, out to the 500 youth incarcerated in Oregon, and to hundreds of acutely impacted youth facing collateral consequences statewide to improve outcomes and provide much needed legal support.

Fellowship Plans

During her Fellowship, Natalie will use a targeted approach to reach youth at different stages of entanglement with the system. She will develop a Know Your Rights app relevant to teen issues, create a pro bono network of attorneys to provide civil legal aid to youth who are incarcerated, and travel the state providing representation and support for tackling collateral consequences like expungement, barriers to housing and education, and fine reduction.

I have witnessed the school-to-prison pipeline from nearly every angle as a teenager myself, a public school educator, and now as a law student gaining clinical experience working with youth who are incarcerated. I am passionate about ensuring youth don’t interact with the system and, for those that do, making sure it does not impact the rest of their life.

Natalie Hollabaugh /
2021 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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