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Frayda Bluestein Recognized by the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys

August 30, 2016

In August 2016, faculty member Frayda Bluestein received the Earnest H. Ball Award for Excellence in Municipal Law from the North Carolina Association of Municipal Attorneys at the group's annual conference in Atlantic Beach.



Faculty Member James Drennan to be Presented with 2016 Karen Thorson Award

August 30, 2016

On September 26, at the annual conference of the National Association of State Judicial Educators (NASJE), School of Government faculty member James C. Drennan will be presented with the 2016 Karen Thorson Award.



Now Accepting Nominations for Teaching Excellence Award

August 22, 2016

The UNC School of Government, through the Teaching Development Committee, is soliciting nominations for the 2017-2019 Albert and Gladys Coates Term Professorship for Teaching Excellence. This term appointment honors a faculty member of the School of Government for excellence in teaching.

The School invites nominations from individuals or professional associations associated with state and local government who have attended School of Government courses. 



Faculty Member Jessica Smith Pens Op-Ed on Raising the Age of Juvenile Crime in NC

August 2, 2016

Faculty member Jessica Smith wrote an op-ed for the Greensboro News & Record on a proposal before the North Carolina Commission on the Administration of Law and Justice to raise the age of juvenile crimes to 18.



School Launches Podcast Exploring NC Court System

July 6, 2016

The School of Government has launched “Beyond the Bench,” an interview-based podcast about the North Carolina legal system. Guests on the show include judges, lawyers, professors, and citizens who have participated in court proceedings. Some interviews focus on guests’ personal experiences and opinions while others explore discrete legal issues. 



Leisha DeHart-Davis Selected as Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar

June 21, 2016

Faculty member Leisha DeHart-Davis has been selected as a Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar (FES), a distinction that will support her work on the Local Government Workplaces Project.



Faculty Member Whitney Afonso Selected for Top Publication Award

June 21, 2016

Faculty member Whitney Afonso has been recognized by Public Budgeting & Finance with its Jesse Burkhead Award. Her article, “Leviathan or Flypaper: Earmarked Local Sales Taxes for Transportation,” was selected as the journal’s top article in 2015.



Frayda Bluestein, Tom Ross Receive NC Bar Association Awards

May 23, 2016

In May, faculty member Frayda Bluestein received the Grainger Barrett Award for Excellence from the North Carolina Bar Association Government and Public Sector Section. This award honors outstanding North Carolina government or public sector attorneys for their excellence, dedication, and passion for justice. 



Local Government That Clicks

May 5, 2016

This article was first published in Public Management (PM) Magazine through the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) in Washington, DC. John B. Stephens. 2016. “Local Government That Clicks: Free Apps + Skilled Civic Tech Volunteers,” Public Management  98:4, 16-19.

Free Apps + Skilled Civic Tech Volunteers

by John Stephens



Hometown Police Chief Goes Back to School

April 26, 2016

Every September, the UNC School of Government hosts North Carolina’s public officials to help them learn about all of the functions of local government beyond their own specialties.



School's Budget Simulation Wins National Innovation Award

April 11, 2016

The School of Government was awarded the Public Service Innovation Award by the Consortium of University Public Service Organizations (CUPSO) for a local government budget simulation, Budgetopolis. CUPSO invited participating university programs to submit a pitch for innovative projects or programs that provide new solutions to existing public service problems or needs not currently being adequately addressed.



EPA to Provide UNC EFC $500K to Help 10 Communities with Water Infrastructure Development

March 28, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has provided $500,000 in funding to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ‘s Environmental Finance Center (EFC) to assist communities addressing water infrastructure challenges. The funding also goes to partner organization, Southwest Environmental Finance Center at the University of New Mexico.

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