Understanding North Carolina’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment Allowing Non-Jury Felony Trials, by Jeffrey B. Welty and Komal K. Patel, is now available. This free, non-partisan, non-advocacy report provides information voters need to make an informed decision on the proposed amendment allowing a criminal defendant to waive his or her right to a jury trial.

Development Finance Toolbox on September 17–18

This course outlines the options for financing tools that local officials can use to attract and grow businesses, improve real estate, and build community assets. Local elected officials are encouraged to attend with the city/county manager or economic development staff members. To register, visit

Retired Faculty Member Fleming Bell Awarded Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Longtime School of Government faculty member Fleming Bell was named a member of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine at a celebration on August 22. Conferred by the Governor of North Carolina, the award is presented to “outstanding North Carolinians who have a proven record of service to the State.”

Join the Engaging Women in Public Service LinkedIn Group

A new LinkedIn group seeks to equip women to pursue leadership positions in public and nonprofit organizations through discussion and collaboration. Women and men at all levels of public service interested in harnessing the leadership potential of women are encouraged to join. 

School of Government to Host 2017 Public Management Research Conference

The School of Government has been selected to host the 14th Biennial Public Management Research Conference in Chapel Hill in summer 2017. Faculty and staff are looking forward to welcoming colleagues from around the world to the UNC campus and are planning a memorable event.

2014 Legislative Review Webinars: September 3 and 9 (new dates)

The North Carolina General Assembly considered hundreds of bills in the 2014 short session, many of which will have an impact on local governments. The most significant pieces of legislation will be highlighted in two legislative update webinars by School of Government faculty and staff on September 3 and September 9. Visit the registration page for a full list of topics. Note: The webinar dates have changed due to the General Assembly schedule. For those already registered for prior dates, please check the registration page for instructions.


The authoritative guide to election law in North Carolina is now available. The Precinct Manual 2014, by Robert P. Joyce, is a basic introduction to the law governing the administration of elections and provides practical guidance to precinct and county election officials. Purchase a copy today

Environmental Finance Center Receives $2M to Assist Small Public Water Systems

The Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at UNC-Chapel Hill has been awarded $2 million in funding by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to improve the financial and managerial capabilities of the nation’s smallest, most plentiful, and neediest public water systems—those serving fewer than 10,000 people—across the country.

Maureen Berner Selected as Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar

Faculty member Maureen Berner has been selected as a Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar (FES), a distinction that will support her work on summer meal programs for children in need. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service, FES brings together faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship.


The Clearinghouse of North Carolina School Law is available through June 2014. The Clearinghouse digests summarize recent state and federal opinions that affect North Carolina.