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Trey Allen

Associate Professor of Public Law and Government
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Trey Allen joined the School of Government in 2013. He researches and writes about the general regulatory and enforcement powers of local governments, local government liability, and board procedures. He also teaches and advises extensively on those topics. Allen has authored books, book chapters, and articles on issues involving his subject areas, and he contributes to the School’s blog Coates’ Canons: NC Local Government Law. (Lists of Allen’s publications and blog posts can be found under the corresponding tabs on this page.) In 2019 he received the Margaret Taylor Writing Award for his book Local Government Immunity to Lawsuits in North Carolina.

On the programming side, Allen plays a major role in planning and coordinating the School’s many educational offerings for clerks to municipal and county governing boards. Annually these programs include the Clerks Certification Institute, the New Clerks Institute, a three-day academy for experienced clerks, educational sessions for conferences of the NC Association of Municipal Clerks and NC Association of County Clerks, and several regional academies conducted around the State in cooperation with the NCAMC and NCACC.

Allen previously worked as an attorney at Tharrington Smith LLP in Raleigh, where he represented local school boards. Prior to that he served as a law clerk for Justice Paul M. Newby of the North Carolina Supreme Court and as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps. Allen earned a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a published staff member of the North Carolina Law Review.

Fields of Expertise
Local Government Law
General Ordinance Authority
Ordinance Enforcement
Local Government Liability
Governmental Immunity
Local Government Board Procedures
Open Meetings Law
Public Records Law
Public Notices
Municipal and County Clerks.
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