Emily Turner Joins NC Judicial College Faculty

The School of Government is pleased to announce the addition of Emily P. Turner to its North Carolina Judicial College faculty. Turner joined the School in July 2021 and will be the lead faculty member working with the state’s judges, magistrates, and clerks on civil procedure, trials and hearings.

“I was drawn to the courts group at the School of Government because it is such a unique opportunity to engage in service-oriented, practical academic scholarship that is grounded in the realities of our court system and all those who participate in it,” Turner said. “I am incredibly excited to be able to meet and collaborate with the dedicated and knowledgeable public servants throughout our state.”

A native North Carolinian, Turner joins the School after five years with the North Carolina Justice Center. She litigated state-focused impact cases at the trial and appellate levels as the inaugural Leslie J. Winner Fellow in Public Interest and Civil Rights, and later, as a permanent staff attorney for the center.

Prior to joining the Justice Center, she clerked for Hon. Srikanth Srinivasan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In that position, she provided evaluation, research, and written memoranda and recommendations for cases before the circuit. While pursuing her law degree she worked in a variety of law positions, including as Simpson Thacher Public Interest Fellow for the UNC Center for Civil Rights during the summer of 2014.

Turner began her career working in the nonprofit sector at Ipas in Chapel Hill and Centro de Enlace in Burnsville. Those experiences granted her an acute understanding of the importance of ensuring academic scholarship and policy are connected to and informed by people’s lived realities. 

“I am grateful to have had the opportunity to experience the court room and our legal system from a variety of vantage points, because that experience enables me to more completely assess the real-world effects of civil procedure, policies, and law,” Turner said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to take time and think about our court system at a comprehensive and systematic level.”

Turner is summa cum laude graduate of Bryn Mawr College and earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and French. She received her J.D. summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she also received the G. Newton Greene Memorial Prize and was as a Toll Public Interest Scholar. During law school, she also served as senior editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and was on the board of the Civil Rights Law Project. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar.