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

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.


An Opportunity to Reform: The Laurel Industrial School and the History of Juvenile Corrections in Henrico, Contributor to video created by Henrico County, Richmond, Va., October 2013.

Competency of Child Witnesses, Guest lecturer for Professor John Douglass's Evidence class at the University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va., October 17, 2013.

Representing a Juvenile Charged With a Sex Offense, Presentation at 2013 Annual Public Defender Conference, Hampton, Va., September 11, 2013.

Collateral Consequences of a Juvenile Conviction, Presentation at the 2013 Robert E. Shepherd Juvenile Law and Education Conference, Richmond, Va., May 17, 2013.

Financial Exploitation and Abuse and Neglect of the Elderly, Presentation for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Chamberlayne 360 meeting, Richmond, Va., May 13, 2013.

Introduction to Trial Practice Technology and iPads for Lawyers, Technology Bootcamp at the University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va., April 16, 2013.

Poster Presentation, Chipping Away at Cognitive Bias: A Cross-Clinic Public-Private Approach to Domestic Violence, AALS National Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 28, 2013.

Clinical Programs at the University of Richmond School of Law, Presentation at the UR Law School Admitted Students Open House, Richmond, Va., March 22, 2013.

An Introduction to the Juvenile Courts, Presentation for the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission Juvenile Certification Training, Richmond, Va., March 19, 2013.

Evidence Based Prosecution: A Case Example, Presentation for the Virginia Attorney General’s Office "Got Evidence?" training for prosecutors, Roanoke, Va., March 15, 2013.

Bar Admissions
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 (2011-2014)
University of Richmond School of Law, Richmond, Va.
Supervising Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court (2006-2011)
Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, Richmond, Va.
Assistant Public Defender (2000-2005)
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 (1992-1996)
American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
Teaching Assistant (1991-1992)
Cathedral Home for Children, Laramie, Wyo.
Executive Director (1989-1991)
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. [online]


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

Additional Publications

Juvenile Justice Update (ed. with Adrienne Volenik).

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