Category Archives: Law Students

No Substitute for Learning from Experience

I currently practice as a juvenile defense attorney in three different counties in North Carolina. As a faculty member in the Youth Justice Clinic at the University of North Carolina School of Law, I assign cases to third-year law students … Continue reading

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The Value of Law Students to Juvenile Court Practice

As I approach the end of my 11th year of teaching in a clinical program at the University of North Carolina School of Law, I have been thinking a lot about the value that students add to the dynamics of … 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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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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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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From Prison to Juvenile Justice Lawyer

I am a sucker for a feel-good story, and this is the best one I’ve come across in a long time.  It’s from the San Francisco Chronicle, written by Meredith May, and here’s how it opens: A group of incarcerated teenage … Continue reading

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MacArthur Grant for Northwestern Law’s Children and Family Justice Center

Legal education is under attack — and rightly so.  Corporate law firms are downsizing.  State budgets are shrinking.  Non-profits are shutting their doors, and student debt is exploding.  In this climate, those of us who are engaged in training our … Continue reading

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The Future of Children in International Law: Symposium

The title of this post is the title of an upcoming conference at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles on Friday, February 22, 2013.  The sponsor of the conference, the Southwestern Journal of International Law, describes the symposium in this … Continue reading

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Transitions

This past week we had the final classes of the semester, which meant that I taught the last two-hour session of the Criminal Lawyering Process, a companion course to the Juvenile Justice Clinic.  It was my ninth year teaching it, … Continue reading

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Building Bridges Instead of Walls

My most recent column, published by Youth Today: Growing up, I lived a short bike ride away from my grandmother.  An elementary school reading teacher, she was always a source of stability for me. When I would go to her … Continue reading

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