New Blog On Topic of Civil Law

On the Civil Side, a new blog by School of Government faculty experts in civil law, will cover issues of interest to court personnel and lawyers working in a variety of civil court proceedings, including those in civil district, superior, and small claims court; domestic relations matters; juvenile cases; and hearings before clerks. Subscribe today.

New Community Engagement Blog Bridges Government-Public Divide

School of Government experts, community leaders, and government officials have launched a new blog to connect North Carolina local governments and residents. The Community Engagement Learning Exchange authors discuss such topics as public meetings, diversity, law enforcement, and public protests. Subscribe today

School of Government Receives $100,000 from Prudential Retirement for Local Elected Leaders Academy

The School of Government has received a gift of $100,000 from Prudential Retirement for initiatives to support the School’s work assisting North Carolina local elected officials as they lead and govern their communities. Read more about the gift here


NC Local Government Contracting: Quick Reference and Related Statutes, by Norma R. Houston, is now available. This book provides general guidance to public officials and others interested in the public contracting process. Order your copy today.


The Law of Impaired Driving and Related Implied Consent Offenses in North Carolina, by Shea Riggsbee Denning, is now available. This book covers the laws and procedures governing the criminal prosecution of impaired driving and other implied consent offenses. Purchase a copy today.


Written by faculty members Jamie Markham and Shea Riggsbee DenningNorth Carolina Sentencing Handbook with Felony, Misdemeanor, and DWI Sentencing Grids 2014–2015 is a practical guide to structured sentencing and includes all felony and misdemeanor sentencing grids from 1994 through 2014. Designed as a teaching tool, it also provides step-by-step guidance on using the grids in the sentencing process. Visit the online bookstore to order your copy today.

Faculty Member Chris McLaughlin Addresses Ethics Lessons from Penn State Scandal

In the December issue of the NC State Bar Journal, faculty member Chris McLaughlin looks beyond the headlines about the recent Pennsylvania State University child abuse scandal to the role of the university's general counsel and ethical questions facing organizational attorneys in general.

Indigent Defense Education Group Featured in North Carolina State Bar Journal

The December 2014 issue of the North Carolina State Bar Journal highlights a regional training program designed by attorney Austine Long with the School's Indigent Defense Education group. The training is for attorneys who have entered into contracts with the NC Office of Indigent Defense Services to provide legal representation to poor people entitled to the appointment of counsel. 

As North Carolina's Needs Evolve, So Does its School of Government

The December 2014 issue of the NC State Bar Journal includes an article about the history of the School and how it has evolved to meet the changing needs of the state's public officials.

New York Times Article on Police Searches Quotes Faculty Member Alyson Grine

Faculty member Alyson A. Grine was interviewed for a November 21 New York Times article on the use of public data in challenging and changing police policy. The article cites Raising Issues of Race in North Carolina Criminal Cases, a new manual written by Grine and research attorney Emily Coward.