Author Archives: Tamar Birckhead

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Destructive Justice: A Lost Boy, A Broken System, and the Small Light of Hope

By Patricia Robinson, University of North Carolina School of Law ’16 Destructive Justice: A Lost Boy, A Broken System, and the Small Light of Hope (2014) by Nicholas Frank is a book in which you know the story before you even begin. A … Continue reading

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Five Questions for Prof. Tamar Birckhead

Recently I was interviewed for the new Clinical Law Prof Blog .  The text of the interview appears below:       Last month the University of North Carolina School of Law appointed Professor Tamar Birckhead as Director of Clinical Programs.   … Continue reading

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From Turkey Trot to Twitter: Policing Puberty, Purity, and Sex Positivity

Professor Mae Quinn of Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law, who is an expert on criminal and juvenile justice system issues, has a new article that has just been posted to SSRN .  I look forward to reading it. … Continue reading

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When Reform Fails on the State Level, Turn to Local Advocates

North Carolina is the only state in the U.S. that treats all 16 and 17-year-olds as adults when they are charged with criminal offenses and then denies them the ability to appeal for return to the juvenile system. Although New … Continue reading

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If a society values its children, it must cherish their parents.*

In one of the North Carolina counties in which I practice law, juvenile delinquency court is held every other week. During these sessions, children who have been charged with criminal offenses come before the court to have their matters heard. … Continue reading

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Let’s Change How Police Question Young Suspects

When I had been practicing in North Carolina’s juvenile courts for about a year, I represented a client charged in the same case as a 13-year-old special-education student named J.D.B. I remember sitting in a large courtroom and watching J.D.B.’s public … Continue reading

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Not So Well-Regulated Militias in Schools

Written by Jason Langberg Would you want armed former cops and soldiers patrolling your office? Your supermarket? Your place of worship? I wouldn’t. So why are policymakers putting them in schools? Can’t we all agree that schools should be supportive, … Continue reading

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First Year Law Students, A Civil Action and Procedural Justice

I am very excited about our incoming 1L class to Carolina Law.  As the chair of the admissions committee this past year, I had the opportunity to speak with many of our admitted students, and they are a bright, dynamic, … Continue reading

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Worse than Making Sausages

When I first moved to North Carolina nine years ago, I remember being shocked when I learned that juvenile court jurisdiction ended at age 16 for all purposes and with no exceptions.  This means that if your 16-year-old son or … Continue reading

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Clinical Legal Education and the Future of the Academy

I may be naive, but it’s mystifying to me that there’s still serious debate over the value and import of clinical legal education.  I admit that I’m not an objective observer — participating in a clinic as a law student … Continue reading

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