Christopher J. Brown 3L Wins Clinic Outstanding Student Award

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Chris Brown and Faculty
Professor Beth Posner '97, Professor Barbara Fedders, Christopher Brown 3L, Professor Tom Kelley, and Professor Kaci Bishop '04.

Christopher J. Brown 3L received the fifth annual Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Outstanding Student Award in April for his work in the Community Development Law Clinic. At UNC School of Law, the recipient is selected based on excellence in clinical work, particularly in development of the attorney-client relationship; in case planning and development; efficiency and reliability in time management; polished oral and written communications; overall significance of casework contributions and contributions to the clinical community at large.

Brown was a student in the Community Development Law Clinic, a two-semester clinic in which third-year students provide corporate and transactional counsel to North Carolina nonprofit community development organizations. He also spent the last two and a half years working as a research assistant for the Immigration Clinic and the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic.

“Chris has done an outstanding job in the CDL Clinic,” said Thomas A. Kelley III, Paul B. Eaton Distinguished Professor of Law and acting director of the Clinical Programs. “He has worked on several different projects, including one that's richly complicated and requires him to work collaboratively with Vietnamese Buddhist clients for whom English is a second language. At several points throughout the representation, the client has posed additional questions, sometimes on matters that fall outside my and the CDL Clinic's usual areas of expertise. Each time, I asked Chris if he wanted to take on the extra work even though I was not able to give him a lot of guidance. Each time, he volunteered to do the extra work and found helpful answers to the client's questions.”

Since the beginning of his time as a research assistant for Professor Beth S. Posner ’97, Brown rolled up his sleeves and did what needed to be done, including taking a clinic client located in Fayetteville, N.C., to doctor and vet appointments.

“Chris goes above and beyond in everything he does,” said Posner, clinical assistant professor of law. “He is so compassionate and responsive to our immigration clients, and has developed independent relationships with each of them.”

-May 4, 2017

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