A. Fleming Bell, II

Professor of Public Law and Government

Areas of Expertise

Local government law; city and county clerks


Fleming Bell joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1982. Prior to that, he worked as a city-county planner in Rockingham and Richmond County, North Carolina. Bell is a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the NC Bar Association, and he has served since 2005 as a gubernatorial appointee to the NC General Statutes Commission. His publications include Ethics, Conflicts, and Offices: A Guide for Local Officials; County Government in North Carolina (co-editor); Construction Contracts with North Carolina Local Government; procedure handbooks for city councils and small local government boards; and articles on citizen participation in board meetings and other topics. Bell earned a BA and JD from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was first in his law school class. He also holds a master's degree in regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.