FACULTY MEMBER DAVID AMMONS JOINS ASPA CENTER FOR ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE

Faculty member David Ammons has been appointed to the board of directors of the Center for Accountability and Performance at the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). The Center was established in 1996 to address the need for performance-based, results-driven management at all levels of government.

NOW AVAILABLE: NEW EDITION OF ABUSE, NEGLECT, DEPENDENCY MANUAL

The 2015 edition of Abuse, Neglect, Dependency, and Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings in North Carolina is now available. This manual serves as both a reference and a training tool for district court judges, social services attorneys, parents’ attorneys, and guardian ad litem attorney advocates. Visit this free resource today.

Body Cameras and Local Law Enforcement

In the wake of several highly publicized instances of police brutality, more citizens and legislators are calling for laws requiring police officers to wear body cameras. But how will local governments store and manage billions of video files? UNC's Endeavors Magazine interviewed dual-degree graduate student Justin Kreft (MPA and Information and Library Science) about his coursework research into the challenges created by data that must be stored and managed. 

New York Times Cites Raising Issues of Race in North Carolina Criminal Cases

On May 29, the New York Times Opinionator blog mentioned Raising Issues of Race in North Carolina Criminal Cases, by Alyson A. Grine and Emily Coward and part of the Indigent Defense Manual series, as an example of efforts that are being undertaken around the country to address racial bias in the criminal justice system.

Retired Judge Praises Racial Bias Manual for Defense Attorneys and Other Court Actors

Retired North Carolina Superior Court Judge Melzer “Pat” Morgan reviewed Raising Issues of Race in North Carolina Criminal Cases, by Alyson A. Grine and Emily Coward, in the Summer 2015 issue of the North Carolina State Bar Journal. “It is a highly valuable manual that every criminal defense practitioner should consult,” Morgan said.

A LEGAL GUIDE TO CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTING

Written by faculty member Norma Houston, A Legal Guide to Construction Contracting with North Carolina Local Governments covers all applicable competitive bidding requirements for public construction and repair projects as well as exceptions under the Mini-Brooks Act. Order your copy today.

CAROLINA MPA CELEBRATES 2014–2015 GRADUATES

Faculty, staff, and family members celebrated the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 Carolina MPA graduates on Saturday, May 9. Charlotte City Council Member Vi Lyles '74 delivered the graduation address. For photos of the event, visit Carolina MPA on Facebook and Twitter.

DIGITAL EVIDENCE RESOURCE NOW AVAILABLE

Written by faculty member Jeffrey B. Welty, Digital Evidence covers legal issues involved in searching for, seizing, and introducing digital evidence in criminal cases. Order your copy today.

Dean Mike Smith Receives UNC Public Service Award

Dean Mike Smith was honored on April 7 with the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service. Sponsored by the Carolina Center for Public Service and presented by Chancellor Carol Folt, the award recognizes that Smith's "approach to mentoring, inspiring, and providing opportunities for others to make a positive impact in the community has expanded public service beyond the University and the School of Government."

NOW AVAILABLE: FINAL REPORT ON CITY SERVICES FY 2013–2014

The School of Government's Final Report on City Services for Fiscal Year 2013–2014: Performance and Cost Data, prepared by Dale J. Roenigk, presents data for thirteen North Carolina cities in thirteen service areas.