Allen Named General Counsel for NCAOC

UNC School of Government faculty member Trey Allen has agreed to serve as general counsel for the Administrative Office of the Courts within the North Carolina Judicial Branch. 

Allen began his new role on Monday, Jan. 11 and is taking a leave of absence from the School for the position. He plans to return to the School’s faculty upon the conclusion of his leave, which could last for up to two years.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Trey, and we wish him the best of luck on this new adventure,” said Mike Smith, dean of the School of Government. “We will work closely with other School faculty and staff to ensure that the ongoing needs of our clerks and public officials can be met.” 

Allen fills his role at the request of North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul Newby, who was sworn in on Jan. 6, 2021. Allen previously served as a clerk for Newby during Newby’s tenure as an associate justice on the court.

“The School of Government has a long history of supporting the North Carolina Judicial Branch,” Allen said. “I look forward to doing what I can to further that tradition.”

Allen joined the School’s faculty in 2013 and is the Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Associate Professor of Public Law and Government. He plays a major role in planning and coordinating the School’s many educational offerings for clerks to municipal and county governing boards. Allen also researches and writes about the general regulatory and enforcement powers of local governments, local government liability, and board procedure. He received the Margaret Taylor Writing Award for his book Local Government Immunity to Lawsuits in North Carolina in 2019.

Allen earned a bachelor’s degree from UNC-Pembroke and a law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and has continued to engage with service members as a volunteer instructor with the Warrior-Scholar Project.