Professor Tamar Birckhead, director of UNC Clinical Programs, has published an article in the Wake Forest Law Review that is the first to provide a comprehensive comparative analysis of the solitary confinement of youth in the United States, Europe, and across the globe.
Every day in prison settings around the world, young people are held in solitary confinement. They are alone for up to twenty-three hours a day in unfurnished cells. They do not see, have physical contact with, or speak to other people. The cells are small, often no larger than a horse’s stable, and are illuminated by artificial light. Food is passed through narrow openings in heavy metal doors. These adolescents are denied education, counseling, and other services that are necessary for their growth, rehabilitation and well-being. If a parent were to confine her child under similar conditions, it would be abuse; yet when the government does so, often for weeks and months without due process, it is condoned.
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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Wed. April 22, 2015 2:58 PM
Professor Beth Posner, who teaches in UNC Clinical Programs, is the faculty advisor for UNC School of Law’s Domestic Violence Action Project (DVAP), which was awarded the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award at UNC’s annual 2015 Public Service Awards April 7, 2015. The Domestic Violence Action Project is a student-run organization that provides free legal representation to victims of domestic violence and sponsors speakers and programs to educate the university community about domestic violence.
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Posted by Beth S. Posner on Tue. April 7, 2015 10:44 AM
This spring we initiated a Clinical Faculty Exchange Program with CUNY Law School. The concept is to focus on clinical pedagogy, including but not limited to, teaching collaboration; clinic design; creating and facilitating rounds sessions; balancing legal representation with policy advocacy; teaching cross-cultural lawyering; encouraging reflection among students; and creating appropriate evaluation criteria.
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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Tue. March 24, 2015 4:23 PM
Categories: Clinical Programs Events
On March 10, 2015, Professor Barbara Fedders published the following op-ed in the News & Observer (Raleigh):
Dressing Up Bigotry in NC as Religious Freedom
Like every other lesbian or gay parent in North Carolina, I was thrilled when a federal appellate court brought marriage equality to the Old North State last July. Same-sex couples can now access the 1,000-plus benefits, rights and protections provided on the basis of marital status in federal statutes. I felt relief that my two young daughters will no longer carry the humiliation of knowing their parents are second-class citizens in the eyes of the law.
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Posted by Barbara A. Fedders on Tue. March 10, 2015 12:59 PM
Categories: Service, Youth Justice Clinic
Professor Tamar Birckhead, Director of UNC Clinical Programs, coordinated the following Statement from UNC System Faculty and Staff in response to the recommendation by a working group of the UNC Board of Governors to close the UNC Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity, and narrow the activities of the Center for Civil Rights.
*The UNC Board of Governors voted unanimously on February 27, 2015, to close the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity at UNC-CH as well as the Institute for Civil Engagement and Social Change at NCCU, and the ECU Center on Biodiversity. For more information on current developments related to the actions and decisions of the Board of Governors, please visit the United for UNC website and Facebook page. Thank you.*
We, the undersigned members of the Faculty and Staff of the University of North Carolina, write in opposition to the recent recommendation of a working group of the UNC Board of Governors (BOG) to close the Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity, and we stand in support of the advocacy work of the Center for Civil Rights in the face of a pending suggestion that it narrow its activities. Both of these centers are housed at the UNC School of Law. The recommendation to close the Poverty Center, if implemented, will deprive North Carolinians of critical research and education on poverty; chill academic freedom and inquiry; and hurt our law students who desperately need and greatly benefit from the real-world experience that interning there provides. Moreover, the proposal by some members of the BOG working group that the Center for Civil Rights be prohibited from suing the state or its political subdivisions – the usual defendants in civil rights suits – would fundamentally curtail its important work on behalf of marginalized groups. We urge the Board of Governors not to accept the working group’s recommendations regarding these Centers.
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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Fri. February 20, 2015 7:57 PM
UNC Law Clinical Programs coordinated a full-day program on Ferguson and Staten Island with three separate panels and a keynote speaker to provide a forum for discussion of police violence and the legal system, the history and context of police brutality, and activism in the face of police violence. Panelists included academics, lawyers, journalists, and community activists.
The luncheon keynote speaker was Ms. Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The program took place on Friday, January 23, 2015, in room #5052 of UNC School of Law. It opened at 9 a.m. and closed at 3 p.m. and was co-sponsored by UNC Law Clinical Programs and the UNC Center for Civil Rights.
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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Mon. January 26, 2015 10:07 AM
Categories: Clinical Programs Events