Elliot Clark-Farnell 3L with Professor Barbara Fedders, left, and Professor Beth Posner ’97.
Elliot Clark-Farnell 3L received the annual Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Outstanding Student Award in April for his
work in the Youth Justice Clinic during the 2018-19 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.
Clark-Farnell was a student in the Youth Justice Clinic, in
which law students represent children accused of crimes in delinquency and
undisciplined proceedings. They also represent children in school discipline
proceedings and work on related juvenile justice projects.
Clark-Farnell primarily focused on representing a young man
accused of a series of property crimes in Orange County, N.C. He investigated
the facts of the case, prepared several pre-trial motions, argued on the
client’s behalf at pre-trial hearings, engaged in negotiations with the
prosecutor and court counselors, and worked extensively with the client’s
mother on arriving at a resolution.
“Elliot exemplifies the skills and habits of mind that we
teach in the clinic – excellent legal analytical ability, strong interviewing
and counseling skills, oral and written advocacy skills, and the ability and
willingness to be introspective and receive critique about his performance,”
says Assistant Professor of Law Barbara A. Fedders, who directs the Youth
Clark-Farnell also served as a research assistant to
Clinical Associate Professor Beth Posner ’97 last year. He hopes to be a public defender in North Carolina after graduation.
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 3, 2019