Beth S. Posner

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  • J.D. (Honors), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1997)
  • M.A., Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania (1992)
  • A.B., English (Honors), Bryn Mawr College (1989)

Beth S. Posner is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law whose area of practice and teaching has focused primarily on domestic violence and related family law and immigration issues.

Beth earned an undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College with honors, an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and her JD with honors from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Following graduation from law school, Beth coordinated and oversaw statewide domestic violence initiatives for Legal Services of North Carolina and then spent three years practicing indigent criminal defense with the North Carolina Office of the Appellate Defender. From 2003-2013 Beth was a managing attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina and adjunct professor at UNC School of Law, where she first taught in the Civil Litigation Clinic and then founded the Domestic Violence Clinic.

In 2013-2014, Beth will be teaching the Immigration Law Clinic. Beth's students prepare claims and advocate on behalf of immigrant clients, including

  • refugees applying for asylum
  • battered immigrants applying for relief VAWA relief
  • immigrants eligible for U (crime victim) Visas
  • immigrants eligible for T (trafficking) Visas
  • immigrants eligible for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
  • immigrants with claims to U.S. citizenship
  • other claims for permanent residency status.

Beth is an advisor for the student-led Domestic Violence Advocacy 50B Project and further coordinates and supervises the Pro Bono Divorce Project in which volunteer law students represent low-income clients in simple divorces.

In addition to clinical teaching, Beth is a faculty member for the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault for whom she teaches nationally, and she regularly provides training and substantive technical assistance to lawyers, advocates, and social services providers throughout North Carolina.

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