Barbara A. Fedders

Assistant Professor of Law

(919) 962-2623
3062 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Criminal Justice Politics
  • Juvenile Law
  • Law and Society
  • Public Interest Law


Barbara Fedders is an Assistant Professor of Law. She directs the Youth Justice Clinic, in which her students represent young people in delinquency proceedings and school suspension appeals. In 2018, she received the UNC School of Law Robert G. Byrd Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching. She lectures at continuing legal education programs across the country and in 2019 was named a certified trainer by the National Juvenile Defender Center Juvenile Training Immersion Program. Her research focuses on the intersection between criminal law and school discipline, policing and inequality, and the legal regulation of LGBTQ youth in child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Her scholarship has appeared in the Iowa Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, and North Carolina Law Review, among others. Fedders also writes for popular audiences, authoring two book chapters and serving as co-editor and contributing author of the Guide to Student Advocacy in North Carolina. Her article Schooling at Risk (Iowa Law Review 2018) was awarded the Steven S. Goldberg Award for Excellence in Legal Writing by the Education Law Association. The Carolina Center for Public Service named Fedders a Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar for the 2012-2014 term. In 2012, Southerners on New Ground (SONG) presented her their annual “Road Opener” Award for her work supporting marriage equality in North Carolina.

Fedders attended New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar and co-founder of the Prisoners’ Rights and Education Project. After law school, she was a Soros Justice Fellow and staff attorney at the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, a clinical supervisor at Boston College Law School, and a clinical instructor at the Harvard Law School Criminal Justice Institute. She is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute.


  • J.D. (cum laude), New York University Law School (1997)
  • B.A. (magna cum laude), University of Dayton (1987)

Selected Publications

Building on Advocacy for Girls and LGBT Youth: A Foundation for Liberatory Laws, Policies, and Services for All Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, in A NEW JUVENILE JUSTICE: TOTAL REFORM FOR A BROKEN SYSTEM (N. Dowd, ed., NYU Press 2015).
KF9779 .N49 2015

Gender at the Crossroads: LGBT Youth in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems in CHILDREN, SEXUALITY AND THE LAW (E. Marrus and S. Coupet, eds.) (NYU Press 2015).
KF479 .C465 2015

Guide to Student Advocacy in North Carolina (with C. Bischoff & J. Langberg) (North Carolina Bar Association Foundation, 2015).
KFN7792.2 .G85 2015

How Juvenile Defenders Can Help Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline: A Primer on Educational Advocacy and Incorporating Clients' Education Histories and Records into Delinquency Representation (with J. Langberg), 42 J.L. & EDUC. 653 (2013).
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School Discipline Reform: Incorporating the Supreme Court's "Age Matters" Jurisprudence (with J. Langberg), 46 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 933 (2013).
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School-Based Legal Services as a Tool in Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Achieving Educational Equity (with J. Langberg), 13 U. MD. L. J. RACE, RELIGION, GENDER & CLASS 212 (2013).
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Defining the Role of Counsel in the Sentencing Phase of a Juvenile Delinquency Case, 32 CHILD. LEGAL RTS. J. 25 (2012).
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Losing Hold of the Guiding Hand:  Ineffective Assistance of Counsel in Juvenile Delinquency Representation, 14 LEWIS & CLARK L. REV. 771 (2010).
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Race and Market Values in Domestic Infant Adoption, 88 N.C. L. REV. 1687 (2010).
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Coming Out for Kids: Recognizing, Respecting, and Representing LGBTQ Youth, 6 NEV. L. J. 774 (2006).
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