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Norma R. Houston

Lecturer in Public Law and Government

Norma Houston is on leave serving as Chief of Staff to the UNC System Office.

Norma Houston is an expert in emergency management law, local government ethics, and public purchasing and procurement. In January 2019, she was named an advisor to the leadership team of the newly formed North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency. Houston continues her work at the School of Government but serves this state agency in an advisory capacity on issues such as FEMA programs and local government procurement. Houston joined the School of Government in 2006. Prior to that, she served as chief of staff and general counsel to State Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight. She has also worked for UNC President Erskine Bowles and served as Dare County attorney, assistant attorney general in the NC Department of Justice, and staff attorney for NC Prisoners Legal Services. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and serves on the boards of several organizations. Houston has been an adjunct faculty member at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law and also teaches state government in the School’s graduate program in public administration. She was named Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Term Lecturer for Teaching Excellence for 2015-2017. Houston earned a B.S. in criminal justice and psychology and a JD. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Fields of Expertise
Conflicts of Interest (Government)
Conflicts of Interest (Voting)
Elected Officials (Legal and Procedural)
Emergency Management Law
Ethics in Government
Ethics (Training)
Governing Boards (Legal and Procedural)
Government Contracts
Interlocal and Regional Cooperation (Legal)
Local Government Contracting
Local Government Law
Local Government Property Transactions
Open Meetings
Parliamentary Procedure
Procedures For Meetings
Property Disposal
Public Purchasing
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