Beth S. Posner

Clinical Professor of Law, and Director of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Clinic

Areas of Expertise

  • Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Family Law
  • Gender Violence
  • Trauma-Informed Legal Representation
  • Women and the Law


Beth Posner joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2004 and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law. Her area of practice and teaching focuses primarily on domestic violence and sexual assault and related family law and immigration issues. Posner teaches nationally as a faculty member for the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Additionally,  she regularly provides substantive technical assistance to domestic violence and family law attorneys and coordinates and participates in trainings for lawyers, advocates, students, and social services providers on issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault and trauma throughout the state.

Posner graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law where she was a Dan Pollitt Fellow, served on the J. Braxton Craven, Jr. Memorial Moot Court Bench, and founded the Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity. After law school, Posner coordinated and oversaw statewide domestic violence initiatives for Legal Services of North Carolina and then spent three years practicing indigent criminal defense with the North Carolina Office of the Appellate Defender before returning to Legal Aid, practicing in the area of family law and domestic violence.


  • J.D. (Honors), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1997)
  • M.A., Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania (1992)
  • A.B. (Honors), English, Bryn Mawr College (1989)

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