Blog Posts: Clinical Faculty Initiatives

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.    (http://scholarship.law.unc.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1060&context=faculty_publications)  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 (http://www.ncjsa.net/w/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Pre-Conference-Agenda-October-2017.pdf)


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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

UNC Law-CUNY Law School Clinical Faculty Exchange

cuny
CUNY School of Law
In 2014, we initiated a Clinical Faculty Exchange Program with CUNY Law School, which has one of the most highly regarded clinical programs in the U.S. The concept of the exchange program 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 Barbara A. Fedders on Wed. December 16, 2015 3:10 PM
Categories: Clinical Faculty Initiatives

UNC Clinical Programs Drafts Mission Statement

mission statement
One of the goals of our annual Clinical Faculty Retreat this past August was to begin the process of drafting a mission statement, which we continued to work on during subsequent meetings and approved unanimously in mid-October.
We are excited to share it here!

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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Sun. December 13, 2015 3:34 PM
Categories: Clinical Faculty Initiatives

Clinical Faculty Initiatives During Fall 2015

clinic faculty
We have had a busy semester, as always, in the Clinical Programs, but the faculty has made time to work together to improve our teaching and to strengthen the infrastructure of the program as a whole. 
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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Sun. December 13, 2015 2:46 PM
Categories: Clinical Faculty Initiatives

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