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James Joyce

Assistant Professor, Public Law and Government
919.962.2764

Jim Joyce joined the School of Government in 2020, where he teaches, advises, and researches on community planning, development regulation, and environmental topics. Before coming to the School, he practiced environmental and land use law for over ten years at K&L Gates LLP. In addition to his practice, he wrote regular alerts and updates on environmental and zoning topics, helped train Carolina’s energy industry leaders on managing regulatory compliance, and authored several articles on the development of new oil and gas regulations for the state of North Carolina. 

Prior to entering private practice, he served as a summer clerk and fall fellow at the School, where he co-authored Inclusionary Zoning: A Guide to Ordinances and the Law, with Professor C. Tyler Mulligan (School of Government, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2010). Joyce holds a B.A. with highest honors in political science and French from UNC-Chapel Hill, a master of community planning from the University of Maryland, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Fields of Expertise
City and County Planning
Affordable Housing
Land Use Regulation
Subdivision Regulation
Master-Planned Development Regulation
Zoning
Environmental Protection
Brownfields and other Contaminated Properties
Wetlands and Water Resources
Coastal Resources
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