Michael Crowell joined the School of Government faculty in 2007 following more than 20 years in private practice and a previous stint at the Institute of Government. His primary focus is judicial authority and administration, though he has experience in other areas. Crowell has argued appeals in both North Carolina appellate courts and the Fourth, Ninth, and DC federal circuit courts. In the mid-1990s he also served as executive director of the Commission for the Future of Justice and the Courts in North Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UNC and a law degree from Harvard.