Julie Ellen McConnell

Director, Children's Defense Clinic
Associate Clinical Professor of Law

Profile

Professor Julie McConnell is Director of the School of Law's Children's Defense Clinic. Prior to joining the Law School in 2011, Professor McConnell served as the Supervising Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in the City of Richmond's Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, where she prosecuted cases involving juvenile delinquency, child abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and homicide. She has also served as an Assistant Public Defender in the Richmond Public Defender's Office and is the author of an article in Virginia Lawyer Magazine on the collateral consequences of juvenile adjudications. In 2011, Professor McConnell received the Oliver Hill Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court's “Unsung Hero” Award.

Presentations

Poster Presentation, "Chipping Away at Cognitive Bias: A Cross-Clinic Public-Private Approach to Domestic Violence," AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, April 2013 (with Dale Cecka)

Bar Admissions

Virginia

Professional Experience

Director of the Children's Defense Clinic, Associate Clinical Professor of Law (2014-present)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Director of the Children's Defense Clinic, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law (2011-14)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.

Supervising Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (2006-11)
Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Richmond, Va.

Assistant Public Defender (2000-05)
Richmond Public Defender's Office, Richmond, Va.

Law Clerk (1999-2000)
The Honorable James W. Benton, Jr., Judge, Virginia Court of Appeals, Richmond, Va.

Associate Director and Lobbyist (1992-96)
American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, Richmond, Va.

Teaching Assistant (1991-92)
Cathedral Home for Children, Laramie, Wyo.

Executive Director (1989-91)
Virginia Association to Abolish the Death Penalty, Richmond, Va.

Publications

Books

Juvenile Justice Update (ed. with Adrienne Volenik).

Articles

Five Devastating Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Delinquency Adjudications You Should Know Before You Represent a Child, Va. Law., Dec. 2012, at 34. [online]

Chapters

The Disposition Hearing, in Juvenile Law and Practice in Virginia (Virginia CLE 4th ed. 2014).

Education

J.D., University of Richmond School of Law 1999

B.A., Agnes Scott Women's College 1988

Contact Information

(804) 289-8205
(Mobile)

Areas of Expertise

Juvenile Delinquency and Child Development
Clinical Legal Education
Elder Law
Criminal Law