Judith Welch Wegner

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  • J.D. (Order of the Coif), University of California at Los Angeles (1976)
  • B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa), University of Wisconsin at Madison (1972)

Professor Wegner was a long-time member of the Carolina Law faculty, serving from 1981 to 2016. Wegner undertook a research leave as Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and was principal investigator on the Foundation's major study on legal education, part of its "Program on Preparation for the Professions," that resulted in the major study "Educating Lawyers," published in 2007.  Wegner retired from the faculty of UNC Law School in December 2016 and has now moved to Massachusetts.

Following graduation from law school, Wegner served as law clerk to United States District Judge Warren J. Ferguson (then of the Central District of California and later of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals). Wegner then was an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel and an appellate attorney in the Lands and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. She also was special assistant to United States Secretary of Education Shirley M. Hufstedler. She visited at the College of Law, University of Iowa before joining the UNC-Chapel Hill law faculty in 1981.

During her time on the UNC Law faculty, Wegner taught and wrote in the areas of legal education, land use, property law, state and local government law, and rights of disabled persons.

Wegner was president of American legal education's learned society, the Association of American Law Schools, in 1995, and also served on the national executive committee of The Order of the Coif. Wegner also served as Chair of the Faculty for UNC-Chapel Hill and as chair of the UNC (System) Faculty Assembly.

Since her retirement, Wegner has continued to speak and write in her areas of expertise, and has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Guilford College, and the Board of Directors of the National Architecture Accreditation Board.  She has moved to Massachusetts and can be reached at the address provided.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Selected Publications

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  • Contemplating Competence: Three Meditations, 50 VAL. U. L. REV. 675 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • The Accreditation Context and the Law School Mission (ch. 1A); Assessment Plans that Support Student Learning (ch. 2A); Curriculum Mapping as a Tool for Improvement (ch. 2B); Implications for Traditional Grading Systems (ch. 7B) in BUILDING ON BEST PRACTICES: TRANSFORMING LEGAL EDUCATION IN A CHANGING WORLD (D. Maranville, L. Radtke Bliss; C. Wilkes Kaas; A. Sedillo López, eds.) (LexisNexis, 2015). [KF273 .B848 2015]
  • STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN A FEDERAL SYSTEM (Judith Wegner, senior ed., with D. R. Mandelker, et al.) (8th ed., LexisNexis 2014) (with Teacher's Manual)
  • Cornerstones, Curb Cuts, and Legal Education Reform, 2013 J. DISP. RESOL. 33 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • North Carolina's Annexation Wars: Whys, Wherefores, and What Next, 91 N.C. L. REV. 165 (2012) [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • Response : More Complicated Than We Think, 59 J. LEGAL EDUC. 623 (2010). [Westlaw, SSRN, Hein]
  • Reframing Legal Education's Wicked Problems, 61 RUTGERS L.REV. 867 (2009). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, Document Link]
  • EDUCATING LAWYERS: PREPARATION FOR THE PROFESSION OF LAW (with W.M. Sullivan, A. Colby, L. Bond, and L.S. Shulman) (Jossey-Bass/Wiley 2007). [KF272 .E38 2007 ]
  • RACE, POVERTY, AND AMERICAN CITIES (John C. Boger & Judith W. Wegner, eds.) (UNC Press 1996). [HT123 .R23 1996]
  • Moving Toward the Bargaining Table: Contract Zoning, Development Agreements, and the Theoretical Foundations of Government Land Use Deals, 65 N.C. L REV. 957 (1987) (reprinted in 1988 LAND USE AND ENVIRONMENTAL LAW REVIEW). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress K12 .A79]
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