Julie Ellen McConnell
Director, Children's Defense Clinic
Associate Clinical Professor
Courses Taught Children's Defense Clinic

Professor Julie McConnell is Director of the Law School’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 a forthcoming 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.

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
Professional Experience
Associate Clinical Professor (2014-present)
Assistant Clinical Professor (2011-2014)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Director of the Children's Defense Clinic (2011-present)
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.

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

J.D., University of Richmond School of Law 1999
B.A., Agnes Scott Women's College 1988
Contact Information
(804) 289-8205
Areas of Expertise
Juvenile Delinquency and Child Development
Clinical Legal Education
Elder Law
Criminal Law