Faculty Member Jeff Welty Appointed as Judicial College Director

Jeffrey B. Welty

Jeffrey B. Welty will become director of the North Carolina Judicial College effective January 1, 2016. Via the Judicial College, School of Government faculty and staff provide seminars and specialized education programs for North Carolina’s judges, clerks of court, magistrates, and court administrators, in cooperation with judicial official associations and the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. In addition, the Judicial College helps provide online, digital, and print resources for these same audiences.

Welty joined the School of Government in 2008 and is an associate professor of public law and government. His field of expertise is criminal law and procedure. He is a primary contributor to the popular blog North Carolina Criminal Law. Welty earned a master’s degree in economics and a JD, with highest honors, from Duke University, where he was executive editor of the Duke Law Journal.

Welty has been the School’s primary faculty contact for North Carolina’s prosecutors and police attorneys, while also working with the broad range of judicial officials served by the School of Government. The School will soon begin a search for a new faculty member to take on the responsibility of primary contact with prosecutors and police attorneys.

Welty will succeed Tom Thornburg, who returns full time to a position as senior associate dean of the School of Government. Welty will be the third director of the Judicial College since its creation in 2006.