Civil Law Faculty Position

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Position Type:

Permanent Faculty

Working Title:

Civil Law Faculty Position

Appointment Type:

Tenured/Tenure Track


Full Time

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Open Until Filled:


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Position Summary:

As the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States, the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government offers up to 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year. For nearly 90 years, the School of Government’s mission has been to improve the lives of North Carolinians through nonpartisan, engaged scholarship that helps public officials understand and improve state and local government. For more information about the School’s mission and history, visit

The UNC School of Government seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member who will specialize in the procedural law that governs civil court actions and the practical aspects of conducting civil trials and contested hearings. Public officials, rather than degree-seeking students, are the principal audience for the School’s work. This position will be responsible for educating judicial officials (including judges, magistrates, and clerks of court), other court system actors, and state public officials on the law of North Carolina related to civil trials and contested hearings, including, for example, the Rules of Civil Procedure, the Rules of Evidence, contempt, recusal and judicial immunity, attorney fees, execution and other post-judgment process, and appellate procedure.

The duties of the position include:
•Participating in the planning of, and teaching in, programs and conferences for judicial officials;
•Advising judicial officials by telephone and email about legal issues presented in pending cases; and
•Writing practical scholarship that helps judicial officials do their jobs more accurately, fairly, and efficiently.
Such scholarship may include books, articles, and blog posts and may build on existing resources or may represent entirely new resources.

In addition to working with judicial officials, this position is likely to interact with the media, law enforcement, legislators, advocates, and other stakeholders. Work at the School is collaborative in nature, and this position will have frequent contact with other faculty and staff, as well as court officials.

Work is centered in Chapel Hill but requires occasional travel and consultation around the state. Faculty appointments are year-round (rather than for the nine-month academic year). The School of Government recognizes the importance of an educational and work environment in which all individuals are respected and valued. To that end, we are strongly committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. For more information about the School’s commitment to diversity, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page:

Applicant review will begin on March 1, 2021

Educational Requirements:

Juris doctorate, J.D.

Qualifications and Experience:

J.D., excellent writing skills, strong academic background, and a demonstrated commitment to public service required. The ideal candidate will have experience in civil trials and contested civil and other non-criminal hearings.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.




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Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 9/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time