Blog Archive: 2017

2017 Fall Clinic Rounds Session

On November 1, 2017 Stephanie Downey and Patrick Conlon, students in the Immigration Clinic presented a case for discussion at the Fall 2017 Clinic Rounds session.  This was a great opportunity for students in all the clinics to hear what cases other students are working on. 

Stephanie Downey
Stephanie Downey
Patrick Conlon
Patrick Conlon

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Posted by Melissa B. Cobb on Wed. November 1, 2017 4:09 PM
Categories: Clinical Programs Events, Immigration Clinic

Alternative Universe Thinking in Niger with Professor Tom Kelley

You may have read recently about four American soldiers ambushed and killed in the West African Republic of Niger. I know Niger well, having spent several years of my adult life working and living there.

What could the ambush in Niger possibly have to do with clinical legal education? The answer is: the need for alternative universe thinking.

In clinical teaching, we often challenge our students to consider things from the point of view of the client. In many cases, that client may exist in a “universe” very different from that of the student. To take a simple example, if a client skips an important meeting with the student, it might not be because the client does not care; it might be because the client works at a minimum wage job that provides her with little scheduling flexibility and no extra income to cover the costs of childcare and transportation.

Tom Kelley in Niger
Tom Kelley in Niger

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Posted by Thomas A. Kelley III (Tom) on Wed. November 1, 2017 3:59 PM
Categories: Clinical Faculty Initiatives, Community Development Law Clinic

Barbara Fedders - Guest Speaker for NC Department of Publice Safety Conference

Professor Barbara Fedders, Faculty Supervisor in the Youth Justice Clinic, has published scholarship (on the ethical duty of lawyers in the juvenile system to understand the issues faced by LGBQ-GNCT youth - their unique vulnerabilities that lead them disproportionately into the system, and the challenges they face once they are adjudicated delinquent.    (  Based on this work, Fedders has created and led trainings to scholars and practitioners across the country.  On October 24, 2017 she presented her work to representatives from community-based, youth-serving organizations from throughout North Carolina at a conference organized by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (

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Posted by Barbara A. Fedders on Wed. November 1, 2017 3:46 PM
Categories: Clinical Faculty Initiatives, Youth Justice Clinic

Professor Fedders - Guest Speaker for Panel on "Conversations on Equity"

Based on her scholarship and publications on school criminalization on September 19, 2017, Professor Barbara Fedders, Supervisor of the Youth Justice Clinic, spoke with an audience of educators, advocates, parents, and students as part of the Campaign for Racial Equity in our Schools "Conversations on Equity" series.

Barbara Fedders
Barbara Fedders

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Posted by Barbara A. Fedders on Wed. November 1, 2017 3:33 PM
Categories: Clinical Faculty Initiatives, Scholarship, Youth Justice Clinic

Domestic and Sexual Violence Training

Through her long-standing partnership with the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Professor Beth Posner served as faculty for a training titled: “A Coordinated Response: Legal System Advocacy for LGBTQ Victims of Intimate Partner Violence.” This training was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and designed by the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence for a multidisciplinary audience of civil attorneys, prosecutors, and legal advocates, providing the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge on the complex issues that may arise when working with LGBT+ victims and survivors of domestic violence.

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Posted by Beth S. Posner on Thu. October 5, 2017 1:00 PM
Categories: Clinical Faculty Initiatives, Domestic Violence Clinic

The Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic Tackles the Student Debt Crisis

Student debt currently exceeds $1.4 trillion dollars and affects more than 44 million borrowers.  In North Carolina, more than 1 million people carry student debt.  Of those borrowers, more than 17% are currently in default, with average debts exceeding $34,000. The Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic (“CFT Clinic”) at Carolina Law is turning its attention this year to this student debt crisis.

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Posted by Kate Sablosky Elengold on Thu. October 5, 2017 12:53 PM
Categories: Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic

Veterans Legal Assistance Project

VLAP Students
Austin Backus 3L and Emon Northe 3L

On Friday, September 15, 2017 Carolina Law students in the Veterans Legal Assistance Project joined more than 80 other service providers at the Bull City Stand Down in Durham, N.C. VLAP students distributed information and counseled less-than-honorably-discharged veterans about how to apply to upgrade their discharge characterization.

The VLAP students had a chance to put into practice what they learned earlier this month at the Clinic Intensive Session about the effects of a less-than-fully honorable discharge from the military, sometimes called “bad paper.” Bad paper is a barrier to a wide array of benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs: education, health care, disability compensation, home loans, and more. In addition, bad paper can be an obstacle to civilian employment.

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Posted by Jessica Marsden on Thu. September 21, 2017 1:50 PM
Categories: Veterans Legal Assistance Project

Community Development Law "CDL" Clinic

At this time each year, my Community Development Law (“CDL”) Clinic students receive their first client assignments – all community based nonprofit organizations – and begin planning initial interviews with the organizations’ stakeholders. As a teacher, I take great satisfaction in watching, and to a certain extent guiding, as the CDL students become comfortable with interviewing and counseling clients.
Tom Kelley
Tom Kelley

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Posted by Thomas A. Kelley III (Tom) on Thu. September 7, 2017 1:54 PM
Categories: Community Development Law Clinic

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