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Courts and Judicial Administration Faculty

 

Ann Anderson

Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government
919.962.0595

Areas of Expertise

Civil procedure, courts, and administration of estates

Profile

Ann Anderson joined the School of Government faculty in 2007. Prior to that, she was an associate for six years with the law firm of Kennedy Covington in Raleigh and Durham, where she specialized in real-estate litigation and quasi-judicial proceedings. Anderson earned a BA in history with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where she was a member of the North Carolina Law Review

Shea R. Denning

Professor of Public Law and Government
919.843.5120

Areas of Expertise

Motor vehicle law, including legal aspects of impaired driving and driver’s license revocations

Profile

Shea Denning joined the School of Government in 2003. Prior to that, she was an assistant federal public defender for the Eastern District of North Carolina and practiced law with the firm of King and Spalding in Atlanta, Georgia. Denning began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable Malcolm J. Howard, US District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar. Denning earned an AB in journalism and mass communication and a JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sara DePasquale

Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government
919.966.4289

Areas of Expertise

Child welfare, juvenile court

Profile

Sara DePasquale joined the School in May 2013. Previously, she was an attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance Inc., beginning her legal career there as a Skadden Fellow. For her last nine years at Pine Tree Legal, she was directing attorney of Maine's first and only children’s law project, KIDS LEGAL. She served as an adjunct professor with the University of Maine School of Law teaching juvenile law. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, State of Maine Bar, the U.S. District Court of Maine Bar, and the U.S. First Circuit Bar. DePasquale received a BA with honors in history and sociology from Binghamton University, is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Buffalo School of Law, and also earned a dual degree with an MSW in child welfare/family systems from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.

James C. Drennan

Professor of Public Law and Government (part-time, retired)
919.966.4160

Areas of Expertise

Court administration and leadership; ethics and professionalism; fairness and bias

Profile

Jim Drennan joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1974. He teaches and advises on court administration issues, judicial ethics and fairness, criminal sentencing, and judicial leadership. Drennan is also responsible for the School’s educational programs for clerks of superior court and court administrators.While on leave from 1993 through 1995, he served as director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of State Judicial Educators. Drennan earned a BA from Furman University and a JD from Duke University, where he served on the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal.

Robert L. Farb

Adjunct Professor

Areas of Expertise

Criminal law and procedure; police attorneys; evidence

Profile

Bob Farb retired from full-time work at the School of Government in 2007 after a distinguished 31-year career on the faculty. While no longer active with School of Government teaching and advising, Farb continues to serve the School with research and writing on criminal law and procedure. Farb’s prior faculty work included conducting educational programs for North Carolina prosecutors and regularly teaching judges, magistrates, police attorneys, law enforcement officers, and others who work in the criminal justice system. He was a prolific scholar, and his publications include Arrest, Search, and Investigation in North Carolina; North Carolina Capital Case Law Handbook; North Carolina Prosecutors' Trial Manual; North Carolina Crimes; and Arrest Warrant and Indictment Forms. Farb earned a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a JD from Harvard Law School.

Alyson Grine

Lecturer, Criminal Law for Defenders
919.966.4248

Profile

Alyson Grine joined the School of Government in 2006. Prior to that, Grine worked for five years as an assistant public defender representing many non-English speaking Hispanic clients in Orange and Chatham counties. She previously served as a judicial clerk for Chief Justice Henry Frye of the NC Supreme Court in 2000 and Judge Patricia Timmons-Goodson of the NC Court of Appeals in 1999. Grine earned a BA with distinction from UNC-Chapel Hill, a MA in Spanish from the University of Virginia, and a JD with honors from UNC-Chapel Hill. She was honored with the School of Government's Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Teaching Excellence award for 2012–2014.

Cheryl Daniels Howell

Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government
919.966.4437

Areas of Expertise

Judicial education, court structure and procedure, family law, domestic violence, and civil procedure

Profile

Cheryl Howell joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1992. Prior to that, she practiced law in Winston-Salem and Fayetteville and worked as a research assistant to Chief Judge R.A. Hedrick of the NC Court of Appeals. Currently, Howell teaches, consults, and writes about family law and other issues, and she works with the NC Association of District Court Judges and the North Carolina Judicial College in planning and coordinating  judicial branch education programs. She is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association. She also has served as a member of the Family Court Advisory Committee, appointed by the Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court, since its creation in 1998, and also serves as a member of the NC Child Custody and Visitation Mediation Advisory Committee, appointed by the director of the Administrative Office of the Courts. Her publications include articles and bulletins relating to family law and family court, as well as chapters created for the Trial Judges’ Bench Book, District Court edition. Howell earned a BA, magna cum laude, from Appalachian State University and a JD, with honors, Order of the Coif, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dona G. Lewandowski

Lecturer of Public Law and Government
919.966.7288

Areas of Expertise

Magistrates' issues (non-criminal law), including summary ejectment, small claims procedure, performing marriages, and appointment and removal matters

Profile

Dona Lewandowski joined the faculty of the Institute of Government in 1985 and spent the next five years writing, teaching, and consulting with district court judges in the area of family law. In 1990, following the birth of her son, she left the Institute to devote full time to her family. She rejoined the School of Government in 2006. Lewandowski holds a BS and an MA from Middle Tennessee State University and a JD with honors, Order of the Coif, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After law school, she worked as a research assistant to Chief Judge R.A. Hedrick of the NC Court of Appeals.

James M. Markham

Associate Professor of Public Law and Government
919.843.3914

Areas of Expertise

Criminal law and procedure, especially community corrections and sentencing law

Profile

Jamie Markham joined the School of Government faculty in 2007. His area of interest is criminal law and procedure, with a focus on the law of sentencing, corrections, and the conditions of confinement. Markham earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Harvard College and a law degree with high honors, Order of the Coif, from Duke University, where he was editor-in-chief of the Duke Law Journal. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar. Prior to law school, Markham served five years in the United States Air Force as an intelligence officer and foreign area officer. He was also a travel writer for Let's Go Inc., contributing to the Russia and Ukraine chapters of Let's Go: Eastern Europe.

LaToya B. Powell

Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government
919.843.4167

Areas of Expertise

Juvenile justice

Profile

LaToya Powell joined the School of Government in 2013. Previously, she spent more than six years with the Appellate Section of the North Carolina Department of Justice handling juvenile delinquency appeals in both state appellate courts and the U. S. Supreme Court. She began her career as a juvenile prosecutor in Johnston County, North Carolina, and has also served as an adjunct professor at Campbell University School of Law. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and U.S. Supreme Court Bar. Powell earned a BA, cum laude, from North Carolina State University and a JD from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law.

John Rubin

Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government
919.962.2498

Areas of Expertise

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

Profile

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.

Jessica Smith

W. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government
919.966.4105

Areas of Expertise

Criminal law and procedure; judicial education; bail and pretrial release; evidence; post-conviction procedure

Profile

Jessica Smith joined the Institute of Government in 2000. Prior to that, she practiced law at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. She also clerked for U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and for Senior U.S. Circuit Judge J. Dickson Phillips Jr. in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. At the School of Government, Smith teaches and consults with judges and other public employees involved in the criminal justice system. In 2006, she received the Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Term Professorship for Teaching Excellence. In 2013, she was named by the Chancellor as a W. R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor, one of the University’s highest academic honors. Smith earned a BA, cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was managing editor of the Law Review.

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Meredith Smith

Assistant Professor of Public Law and Government
919.843.2986

Areas of Expertise

Clerks of Superior Court

Profile

Meredith Smith joined the School of Government in 2013. Previously, she was an associate with the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP in Charlotte, where she practiced with the real estate, corporate, and restructuring and insolvency groups on matters related to a wide range of issues including commercial loan modifications, foreclosures, bankruptcy, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial leasing, and real estate purchase and sale contracts. Smith earned a BA in political science and Spanish, with distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree, cum laude, from Georgetown University School of Law, where she was a member of the American Criminal Law Review.

Jeffrey B. Welty

Associate Professor of Public Law and Government
919.843.8474

Areas of Expertise

Criminal law and procedure; evidence; prosecutor training; police attorneys

Profile

Jeff Welty joined the School of Government in 2008. Prior to that, he completed a federal judicial clerkship, spent eight years in private practice, and served as a Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School. Welty holds a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and 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.

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