Richmond Law Professor Wins Statewide Outstanding Faculty Award

December 21, 2022
Professor Julie McConnell receives 2023 Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and Dominion Energy

Professor Julie McConnell has been recognized as one of 12 recipients of the 2023 Outstanding
Faculty Awards
by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and Dominion Energy. This award, the Commonwealth's highest honor for faculty at Virginia's public and private colleges,  recognizes superior accomplishments in teaching, research, and public service. 

“Professor McConnell is a dedicated teacher, mentor, and leader in the legal profession who embodies the very best of the University of Richmond, said Wendy Purdue, dean of the University of Richmond School of Law. This recognition is so well-deserved.”

Professor McConnell has been director of Richmond Law’s Children’s Defense Clinic since 2011. She has represented children and families for more than 25 years and specializes in holistic trauma-informed representation and client-centered practice. She previously served as an assistant public defender and child abuse and domestic violence prosecutor.

This award is the latest of several accolades for Professor McConnell this year, coming on the heels of receiving the 2022 Richmond Humanitarian Award by the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities in October, and the 2022 School of Law Distinguished Educator Award last fall.

Outstanding faculty nominees are selected by the institutions, reviewed by a panel of peers and chosen by a committee of leaders from the public and private sectors. In all, 74 nominations were received this year; this group was narrowed to a field of 24 finalists and then to the 12 recipients.

McConnell is joined by Jeffrey Harrison, University Distinguished Scholar and the W. David Robbins  Chair of Strategic Management at the Robins School of Business as one of this year’s award recipients.