Mary Beth Chopas

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  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • J.D., Boston College
  • B.A., Dartmouth College

After receiving her B.A. from Dartmouth College, Chopas studied Renaissance literature at Cambridge University and earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School. After law school, she served as a law clerk for Justice William R. Johnson of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. She then became associated with Burns & Levinson LLP and later Epstein Becker & Green P.C. in Boston, where she focused on commercial litigation. She served as an assistant attorney general in the Government Bureau/Trial Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General, specializing in employment discrimination and contract disputes.

Chopas began her teaching career at Harvard Law School where she was a Climenko-Thayer Lecturer on Law, and later went on to teach at Boston University School of Law and Temple University Beasley School of Law. At UNC School of Law she has taught Civil Procedure and most recently a seminar entitled Emerging Issues in Legal Ethics while a full-time graduate student in the History Department at UNC. She earned her Ph.D. in 2013 after the completion of her dissertation, “Law, Security, and Ethnic Profiling: Italians in the United States during World War II.” Her research interests include military, legal, and twentieth-century American history, with a focus on the balancing of national security interests with the protection of civil liberties.

In addition to her appointment at UNC School of Law, Chopas is a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School where she teaches Ethics.

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