Jon P. McClanahan

Print This Page (PDF) Associate Dean for Administration, Assistant Dean for Academic Excellence and Clinical Associate Professor of Law


  • J.D. (Order of the Coif), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., Mathematics (Phi Beta Kappa), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professor McClanahan graduated first in his class from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the North Carolina Law Review and the student director of the Honors Writing Scholar program. Following law school, he clerked for The Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also was an officer in the North Carolina Army National Guard, serving in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.

McClanahan serves as the Associate Dean for Administration, providing leadership and direct supervision of the School of Law's Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Facilities, and Faculty Administrative Services departments. He also serves as the Assistant Dean for Academic Excellence, directing the nationally-recognized LEAP Preorientation Program and the Bar Success Program.

In addition to his administrative roles, McClanahan teaches Contract Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Remedies, and Professional Responsibility. His primary research interests include constitutional criminal procedure, contracts, professional ethics, and empirical legal studies.

McClanahan is a frequent speaker at national and regional law conferences. In addition, he recently received the Robert G. Byrd Award for Excellence and Creativity in Teaching and the Pro Bono Publico Award for Faculty Member of the Year.

Selected Publications

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  • Do Trademark Attorneys Make A Difference?, ITMA REV. 22 (2013).
  • Do Trademark Lawyers Matter? (Jon P. McClanahan and Deborah R. Gerhardt), 16 STAN. TECH. L. REV. 583 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress, Document Link]
  • Safeguarding the Propriety of the Judiciary, 91 N.C.L. REV. 1951 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Citizen Participation in Japanese Criminal Trials: Reimagining the Right to Trial By Jury in the United States, 37 N.C. J. INT'L L. & COM. REG. 725 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Sharpening the Blunt Blue Pencil: Renewing the Reason for Covenants Not To Compete in North Carolina (with K. Burke), 90 N.C. L. REV. 1931 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
  • The "True" Right to Trial by Jury:  The Founders' Formulation and Its Demise, 111 W. VA. L. REV. 791 (2009). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
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