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John Rubin

Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government and Director of Indigent Defense Education

Areas of Expertise

Criminal law and procedure; public defender training; evidence; indigent defense; domestic violence; subpoenas


John Rubin joined the School of Government in 1991. He previously practiced law for nine years in Washington, DC and Los Angeles. At the School, he specializes in criminal law and indigent defense education. He has written several articles and books on criminal law; teaches and consults with judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and other officials in the criminal justice system; and manages the School’s indigent defense education program. He is a frequent consultant to the Office of Indigent Defense Services, which is responsible for overseeing and enhancing legal representation for indigent defendants and others entitled to counsel under North Carolina law. In 2008, he was awarded a two-year distinguished professorship for faculty excellence. In 2012, he was named Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government. Rubin earned a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and a JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Phil Dixon, Jr.

Defender Educator, Indigent Defense Education


Phil Dixon joined the School of Government in 2017. Previously he worked for eight years as an attorney in Pitt and surrounding eastern North Carolina counties, focusing primarily on criminal defense and related matters. Dixon served as assigned counsel to indigent clients throughout his career, and represented adult and juvenile clients charged with all types of crimes at the trial level. He earned a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD with highest honors from North Carolina Central University. He works with the indigent education group at the School to provide training and consultation to public defenders and defense lawyers, as well as to research and write about criminal law issues. 


Monica Yelverton

Monica Yelverton

Associate Director for Programs and Services, Indigent Defense Education


Monica Yelverton is responsible for managing operations of the Indigent Defense Education group, including overseeing the delivery of current programs and services, supervising administrative support, budgeting, assessing the feasibility of new educational initiatives, and managing new revenue streams. She joined the School of Government in 2015 as continuing education coordinator for indigent defense education. Previously, she analyzed occupational employment statistics as a social/clinical research assistant at the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Prior to that, she was a special assistant in the governor’s office and a research assistant at the North Carolina General Assembly. Yelverton earned a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MPA from North Carolina Central University.


Emily Coward

Racial Equity Network Project Attorney, Indigent Defense Education


Emily Coward joined the School of Government’s Indigent Defense Education team in 2012. Previously, she served as a law clerk for Judge James Robertson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and for Justice Thembile Skweyiya of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Additionally, as a staff attorney with North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, she represented clients in civil and post-conviction matters. As a student at Duke University School of Law, she served as lead articles editor for Law and Contemporary Problems and received the faculty award for outstanding achievement in criminal law and procedure. She is co-author of Raising Issues of Race in North Carolina Criminal Cases, for which she received the Margaret Taylor Writing Award in 2015. Coward earned a BA from Oberlin College and a JD magna cum laude from Duke University School of Law.


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Caitlin Little

Attorney, UNC School of Government


Caitlin Little joined the School of Government in 2016 as a Staff Attorney in the Legislative Reporting Service Office. Little works with the indigent defense education group at the School to maintain C-CAT by updating it according to new developments in the law and she also provides research support for the Indigent Defense Manual Series. She earned a BA magna cum laude from North Carolina State University and a JD cum laude from Campbell University.


For information about other School of Government faculty who specialize in courts and criminal justice issues, see the North Carolina Judicial College Faculty page. 




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