Barbara A. Fedders

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  • J.D. (cum laude), New York University Law School (1997)
  • B.A. (magna cum laude), University of Dayton (1987)

Barbara Fedders, Assistant Professor of Law, co-directs the Youth Justice Clinic and teaches the Criminal Lawyering Process seminar. Through a grant from the University of North Carolina Program in Sexuality Studies, she designed and teaches a course at the undergraduate level on children, sexuality and the law. Professor Fedders writes, lectures, and engages in community education in the areas of juvenile justice, criminal defense, and children's rights. Her current focus is on the intersection of school exclusion policies and involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. She was named a Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar for the 2012-2014 term.

Professor Fedders's scholarship appears in journals including the Lewis & Clark Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, Loyola Law Review, and the Journal of Law and Education. She is a co-editor and contributing author of the Guide to Student Advocacy in North Carolina. She has presented her work at Duke School of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law, American Association of Law Schools Clinical Conference, NYU Clinical Law Review Writers' Workshop, and the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, among other venues.

Before joining the UNC School of Law faculty in January 2008, Professor Fedders was a clinical instructor at the Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute for four years. Prior to that, she worked for the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services as a Soros Justice Fellow and staff attorney for five years. She served for a year as clinical supervisor in the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project at Boston College Law School.

Licensed to practice in North Carolina and Massachusetts, Professor Fedders has lectured at continuing legal education programs throughout North Carolina and across the country. She is a founding member and current advisory board member of the Youth Justice Project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, as well as a member of the North Carolina NAACP Criminal Justice Committee. Professor Fedders is the recipient of the 2012 "Road Opener" award from Southerners on New Ground (SONG) for her work in support of marriage equality. At UNC, she serves as a member of the Sexuality Studies Advisory Board and the Provost's Committee on LGBTQ Issues, and she is a former advisory board member of the Institute of African American Research.

As a student at New York University School of Law, Professor Fedders was a Root Tilden Snow Public Interest Scholar and co-founded the Prisoners' Rights and Education Project. Before attending law school, she worked for several years in homelessness prevention and housing rights.

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  • Building on Advocacy for Girls and LGBT Youth: A Foundation for Liberatory Laws, Policies, and Services for All Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, in A NEW JUVENILE JUSTICE: TOTAL REFORM FOR A BROKEN SYSTEM (N. Dowd, ed., NYU Press 2015). [KF9779 .N49 2015]
  • Gender at the Crossroads: LGBT Youth in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems in CHILDREN, SEXUALITY AND THE LAW (E. Marrus and S. Coupet, eds.) (NYU Press 2015). [KF479 .C465 2015]
  • Guide to Student Advocacy in North Carolina (with C. Bischoff & J. Langberg) (North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, 2015). [KFN7792.2 .G85 2015]
  • How Juvenile Defenders Can Help Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Primer on Educational Advocacy and Incorporating Clients' Education Histories and Records into Delinquency Representation (with J. Langberg), 42 J.L. & EDUC. 653 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • School-Based Legal Services as a Tool in Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Achieving Educational Equity (with J. Langberg), 13 U. MD. L. J. RACE, RELIGION,GENDER & CLASS 212 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • School Discipline Reform: Incorporating the Supreme Court's "Age Matters" Jurisprudence (with J. Langberg), 46 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 933 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Defining the Role of Counsel in the Sentencing Phase of a Juvenile Delinquency Case, 32 CHILD. LEGAL RTS. J. 25 (2012). [SSRN, Hein]
  • Losing Hold of the Guiding Hand:  Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in Juvenile Delinquency Representation, 14 LEWIS & CLARK L. REV. 771 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Race and Market Values in Domestic Infant Adoption, 88 N.C. L. REV. 1687 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Coming Out for Kids: Recognizing, Respecting, and Representing LGBTQ Youth, 6 NEV. L. J. 774 (2006). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
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