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Charles A. Szypszak

Professor of Public Law and Government
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Charles Szypszak joined the School of Government in 2005. Prior to that, he was a director of a general practice firm in New Hampshire, where he provided counsel and advocacy for real estate and business matters. He provides counsel to state, national, and international institutions, organizations, and public officials on real property registration and conveyance laws. In the School's master of public administration program he teaches an introduction to law course and an elective on military leadership and public administration. He also teaches an introduction to legal thinking course in the University’s undergraduate curriculum. He has been awarded the University’s J. Carlysle Sitterson Freshman Teaching Award and the School’s Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Teaching Excellence Award. He was an adjunct professor of law at Franklin Pierce Law Center, a law clerk for Circuit Judge Hugh Bownes on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and a captain in the US Marine Corps. Szypszak earned a BA from the University of Southern California, an MA from San Diego State University, and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Selected publications

Real Estate and North Carolina Law: A Resident’s Primer (UNC 2012)

Understanding Law for Public Administration (Jones & Bartlett 2009)

Real Estate (N.H. Practice Series) (LexisNexis 2003 and annual supplements)

Teaching Law in Public Affairs Education: Synthesizing Political Theory, Decision Making, and Responsibility, 17 Journal of Public Affairs Education (Fall 2011)

Real Estate Records, the Captive Public, and Opportunities for the Public Good, 43 Gonzaga Law Review 5 (2008)

Public Registries and Private Solutions:  An Evolving American Real Estate Conveyance Regime, 24 Whittier Law Review 663 (2003)

Additional Publications

Books

Eminent Domain for North Carolina Local Governments, Law and Practice (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2008)

North Carolina Guidebook for Registers of Deeds (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2007 and supplements)

Notary Public Guidebook for North Carolina (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2006)

Chapters

Registers of Deeds, Land Records, and Notaries, in North Carolina Legislation 2008 (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2008)

Property Acquisition, Sale, and Disposition (with D. Lawrence) and Register of Deeds, in County and Municipal Government in North Carolina (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2007)

Registers of Deeds, Land Records, and Notaries, in North Carolina Legislation 2007 (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2007)

Registers of Deeds, Land Records, and Notaries, in North Carolina Legislation 2006 (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2006)

Registers of Deeds, Land Records, and Notaries, in North Carolina Legislation 2005 (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2005)

Historical Development and Basic Concepts of Home Owner Associations and Planned Unit Developments, in Home Owner Associations and Planned Unit Developments (Matthew Bender 1992)

Law Review and Journal Articles

Just Compensation, Claims for Lost Business Profits, and Income Valuation of Real Property, Journal of the Polish Real Estate Scientific Society81(2010)

North Carolina’s Real Estate Recording Laws:  The Ghost of 1885, 28 N.C. Central Law Journal 199 (2006)

Jural Entities, Real Parties in Controversy, and Representative Litigants:  A Unified Approach to the Diversity Jurisdiction Requirements for Business Organizations, 44 Maine Law Review 1 (1992)

Statutes of Limitations Under the F.T.C.A.:  A Synthesis and a Proposal, 28 Harvard Journal on Legislation 1 (1991) (with K. Sinclair)

The Protection, Salvage, and Preservation of Underwater Cultural Resources in the Chesapeake Bay, 4 Va. J. Natural Resources Law 373 (1985)

Other Publications

2011 Changes in the Law and Regulations Regarding Satisfactions, Recording Fees, Format Requirements, Electronic Plats, Military Discharge Access, and Indexing,Land Records Bulletin No. 35 (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill July 2011)

Registers’ Public Records in the Digital Era, Land Records Bulletin No. 34 (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill November 2010) (with E. Roscoe)

Ten Common Misconceptions about Eminent Domain, Popular Government (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Winter 2009), at 43

2008 Changes in the Law Regarding Rerecording Prerequisites, Electronic Recording Verification, Indexing and the Fee for Recording Deeds of Trust, Land Records Bulletin No. 33 (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill August 2008)

When is Plat Review Certification Required?, Land Records Bulletin No. 32 (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill October 2006)

Land Records Metamorphosis, Popular Government (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Winter 2006), at 4

Session Law 2005-123, Land Records Bulletin No. 31 (School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, September 2005)

Beyond the Rule of Law, 45 N.H. Bar Journal (Winter 2005), at 46

Property Law Reform in Russia, 44 N.H. Bar Journal (June 2003), at 13

Legal Liability for Malevolent Internet Communications, N.H. B.I.A. Report (November 1998), at 4

Trying the Real Estate Case, 14 Practical Real Estate Lawyer 69 (1998)

Uncertainty in War and Litigation, Trial Magazine (May 1996), at 73

Attorneys’ Fees Awards and Unreasonable Litigation, 37 N.H. Bar Journal (March 1996), at 9

Municipal Exactions for Development in New Hampshire, 34 N.H. Bar Journal (June 1993), at 14

How to Challenge Zoning Ordinances, 8 Practical Real Estate Lawyer 5 (1992)

Blue Sky Registration After Landreth:  A Proposal for a Transactional Exemption for the Sale of a Closely Held Business, 29 N.H. Bar Journal 191 (1988) (with T. Platt)

Fields of Expertise
Eminent Domain
Local Government Property Transactions
Marriage Law
Property Mapping
Real Estate Law
Registers of Deeds
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