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 Associate Professor of Law whose area of practice and teaching has focused primarily on domestic violence and sexual assault and related family law and immigration issues. 

Professor Posner earned her 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, Professor Posner coordinated and oversaw statewide domestic violence initiatives for what was then 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 she was a managing attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina and adjunct professor at UNC School of Law, and she was appointed to her current faculty position in 2013.  At Carolina, Professor Posner has taught in the Immigration and Civil Clinics and founded and teaches in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic in which students represent plaintiffs in state court in domestic violence protection order and other related matters as well as complainants Title IX sexual misconduct matters.

Professor Posner is an advisor for several student groups and pro bono projects involving domestic violence, sexual assault, family law, and reproductive justice. She has been trained by UNC to serve as a Title IX hearing panelist at UNC, and she currently serves on the University Appeals Panel of the Honor Court and the Faculty Grievance Committee.  In 2014, she was awarded UNC School of Law’s Faculty of the Year Pro Bono Publico Award.


In addition to her teaching at Carolina, Professor Posner teaches nationally as a faculty member for the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.  In North Carolina, she regularly provides substantive technical assistance to domestic violence and family law attorneys and coordinates and participates in trainings for lawyers, advocates, students, and social services providers on issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault. Professor Posner was a 2016 recipient of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys Gwynneth B. Davis Award for her activities promoting the participation of women attorneys in the legal profession and the rights of women under the law.

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