We recently heard from Chris Heaney, who graduated in 2013, having participated in the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic. He writes:
Participating in the UNC Civil Legal Assistance Clinic was one of the most challenging and rewarding parts of law school, and the best preparation I had for working at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and then finding a position with NC Prisoner Legal Services, where I started in August 2014.
Posted by Erika K. Wilson on Sun. October 5, 2014 2:49 PM
Categories: Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, Clinic Alum Update
Jason Tuell is a student social worker in his second year of the MSW program at NC State University and the inaugural fieldwork intern at UNC Clinical Programs. After graduating from UNC-Asheville in 2008 with honors, Jason spent five years working with Easter Seals UCP in their crisis intervention program, NC START, serving adults who are dually diagnosed with developmental disability and mental illness. It is within this program that Jason developed a passion for strength-based assessment and trauma-informed care.
Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Sat. October 4, 2014 2:14 PM
Categories: Youth Justice Clinic
On September 9 & 10, 2014, Prof. Beth Posner served as faculty for the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence's training institute, Representing Victims of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence in Civil Litigation, in Washington DC. The Institute was designed to provide attorneys from across the country with the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge about providing more effective representation to victims of intimate partner sexual violence through civil litigation.
Posted by Beth S. Posner on Sat. October 4, 2014 2:00 PM
This year, the CFT Clinic was solicited by two attorneys in Concord, North Carolina, to write an amicus brief in a case before the North Carolina Supreme Court. The case involved a mortgage transaction in which misrepresentations on the part of the mortgage agent caused the plaintiffs to incur nearly $200,000 in personal liability on a debt they would not otherwise have entered into. Plaintiffs sought damages for breach of fiduciary duty and negligent misrepresentation. These claims are rather tricky, because previous cases have interpreted existing N.C. common law as if it is impossible to impose this duty on a mortgage creditor, when the law actually says merely that it is not common to do so.
Posted by Laura Collins Britton on Fri. June 13, 2014 4:42 PM
Categories: Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic
Prof. Barbara Fedders has a new law review article published in the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class that she co-wrote with Jason Langberg of Advocates for Children's Services, a project of Legal Aid North Carolina. It is entitled, "School-Based Legal Services as a Tool in Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Achieving Educational Equity."
Posted by Barbara A. Fedders on Fri. June 13, 2014 3:48 PM
Categories: Scholarship, Youth Justice Clinic
In April, 2014, Professor Beth Posner conducted a two-day CLE (continuing legal education program) on "Litigation Training: Representing Victims of Domestic Violence in Custody Cases." This interactive program provided training in North Carolina custody and domestic violence law as well as litigation skills for practicing attorneys, enabling them to more effectively, ethically, and holistically represent victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
Posted by Beth S. Posner on Fri. June 13, 2014 3:28 PM
Categories: Immigration Clinic, Service
Prof. Kathryn Sabbeth of the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic has a new article, "Capital Defenders as Outsider Lawyers," published in the Chicago-Kent Law Review, which was written for a Symposium on Intragroup Dissent and Its Legal Implications. It is available for free download, and an excerpt from the introduction appears below.
Posted by Kathryn A. Sabbeth on Fri. May 16, 2014 12:33 PM
Categories: Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, Scholarship