Blog Posts: Youth Justice Clinic

Prof. Tamar Birckhead Publishes Op-Ed on the Prosecution of Children who are Delinquent by Reason of Poverty

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Prof. Tamar Birckhead

Prof. Tamar Birckhead, who teaches in the Youth Justice Clinic and is the Director of Clinical Programs, recently published an op-ed in the News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.), on the prosecution of children who are delinquent by reason of poverty.


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Wed. December 16, 2015 4:18 PM
Categories: Scholarship, Youth Justice Clinic

Youth Justice Clinic: Case Work Developments

Clinic student Haley Phillips, with assistance from her clinic student partner Brian Kettmer, recently negotiated a settlement in a long-term school suspension case.
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Posted by Barbara A. Fedders on Wed. December 16, 2015 3:04 PM
Categories: Youth Justice Clinic

Clinical Programs Celebrate 35 Years of Training Students and Assisting Clients

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Prof. Kaci Bishop
As a student at UNC School of Law, Kaci Bishop ’04 knew she wanted to work with indigent clients. Drawn to humanitarian immigration law, her involvement in the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, which then included immigration cases, was all the affirmation she needed to know she was pursuing her true passion.
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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Sun. December 13, 2015 3:58 PM
Categories: Clinical Programs Events, Domestic Violence Clinic, Immigration Clinic, Youth Justice Clinic

Clinical Programs Community Education Presentation

On November 9, 2015, students from the Youth Justice Clinic, Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, Immigration Clinic, and Domestic Violence Clinic joined together to present a four hour educational program for the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools Services Staff.
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Susanna Wagar '16 presents on the collateral consequences of juvenile adjudications.

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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Tue. December 8, 2015 3:21 PM
Categories: Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, Clinical Programs Events, Domestic Violence Clinic, Immigration Clinic, Youth Justice Clinic

Casey Smith, MSW intern, Reflects on Fall Semester in UNC Clinical Programs

Casey Smith, this year's MSW fieldwork intern from NC State School of Social Work, is completing her first semester in the UNC Clinical Programs.  Casey is a second year graduate student who has provided invaluable assistance to UNC Law students as well as our clinic clients. She shares her thoughts in a blog post about her work thus far.
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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Tue. December 8, 2015 2:46 PM
Categories: Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, Clinic Administration, Youth Justice Clinic

Youth Justice Clinic: Case Work Developments

While juvenile crime is down statewide, the number of delinquency cases that stem from in-school misbehavior has largely remained steady. These cases are typically low-level misdemeanors and frequently involve students with unmet educational needs and diagnosed disabilities. Even for delinquency cases that do not occur in schools, academic difficulty and school exclusion are common occurrences for young clients. Because of the link between delinquency and struggles in schools, the Youth Justice Clinic began offering representation in long-term suspension cases two years ago, in addition to our long-standing work in juvenile court. Two success stories from this year show the importance of providing this comprehensive representation wherever possible.


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Thu. October 22, 2015 1:35 PM
Categories: Youth Justice Clinic

Youth Justice Clinic Alum Update

Lindsey Spain

We received the following from Lindsey Spain, class of 2012:

I was elected to the Durham County Bar Association’s Board of Directors in 2014, and I knew that I wanted my time on the Board to be about more than just showing up to luncheons and networking with fellow attorneys. I believe that, as attorneys, we owe it to our local community to give back and help make our communities stronger.


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Fri. October 2, 2015 8:45 AM
Categories: Clinic Alum Update, Youth Justice Clinic

Professor Barbara Fedders Attends Global Alliance for Justice Education Conference

Professor Fedders

From July 22-25, Prof. Barbara Fedders joined 350 delegates from around the world at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey, for the 8th Annual Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE) conference, “Justice Education for a Just Society.”


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Posted by Barbara A. Fedders on Wed. September 30, 2015 2:22 PM
Categories: Youth Justice Clinic

UNC Youth Justice Clinic Student Testimonial

It is always heartening when our students express how the clinical experience has positively impacted them. The following is a recent note received from Emily Doll, who graduated this past May after participating in the Youth Justice Clinic during 2014-15. She was supervised by Professor Barbara Fedders.


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Thu. May 28, 2015 3:41 PM
Categories: Clinic Alum Update, Youth Justice Clinic

Youth Justice Clinic: Case Work Developments

This year the Youth Justice Clinic, taught by Professors Tamar Birckhead, Barbara Fedders, and Kellie Mannette (fall semester), handled over 100 cases from the juvenile courts in Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties. Several of our clients had multiple, unrelated cases during the course of the academic year.


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Thu. May 28, 2015 3:12 PM
Categories: Youth Justice Clinic
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