Gigi Nemeroff Warner 3L, left, and Lauren Kulp 2L with Professor Beth Posner.
Sarah-Frances “Gigi” Nemeroff Warner 3L and Lauren E. Kulp 2L received the fifth annual Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Outstanding Student Award in April for their work in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic during the 2017-18 school year. CLEA is the primary national organization dedicated to clinical education in law schools across the country, and the award honors one student or student team at each law school who has excelled in a clinical course.
Kulp and Warner were students in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic, a one- or two-semester clinic in which law students represent victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence in civil and administrative matters, including representation in domestic violence protection orders, child custody cases and related family law matters. They also advocate for clients in Title IX campus sexual assault cases.
Kulp and Warner primarily focused on Title IX cases, guiding numerous college and graduate students through reporting sexual assault and advocating for them through the investigative and hearing process.
“Lauren and Gigi have been exemplary student attorneys,” says Clinical Assistant Professor Beth S. Posner ’97, who directs the Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic. “Their work with clients has been consciously client-centered, empathetic and imbued with a passionate commitment to social justice and to the struggle to combat gender-based violence.”
Outside the Title IX arena, Kulp and Warner worked together on two protection order cases and a child custody case. According to Posner, their work in this area required complicated legal research, writing, and advocacy.
“They rose to that challenge, producing excellent written and oral arguments, and successfully securing protection orders and favorable child custody arrangements for their clients,” says Posner.
This is the first year a team of two students has received the award at Carolina Law.
“Lauren and Gigi represent the best of what it means to be colleagues,” said Posner. “They support each other, look out for each other and hold each other up in a way that deserves recognition.”
At UNC School of Law, the CLEA Outstanding Student Award 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.
-April 24, 2018