Martin H. Brinkley '92
The dean of UNC School of Law, Martin H.
Brinkley ’92, has been appointed as Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor
of Law by the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Robert “Bob” Blouin.
Brinkley is now one of two Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professors at the law
school, sharing the honor with Richard S. Saver.
In addition to carrying out his duties as dean, Brinkley currently
teaches Life Cycle of an M&A Deal, a transition-to-practice course on
corporate mergers and acquisitions that he designed. He is slated to teach first-year
Property beginning in 2019.
The Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professorship was established
in 1991 by Arch T. Allen III ’65 and his sister Reveley Allen Moore to honor
their father, Arch T. Allen Jr., and grandfather, Arch T. Allen. The youngest
Allen says his father initially established the fund as a charitable trust in honor of his own father. Allen and his sister, who passed away in 2002, continued to add to the trust. All
three generations of the Allen family received undergraduate degrees from UNC-CH. Both of the younger Allen men received their
law degrees from Carolina as well.
“There were no lawyers in my family. Arch III, known to many
of his friends as ‘Arch T.,’ was my first real mentor in the law,” Brinkley
says. “I have always looked up to him as an exemplar of everything good in our
profession. It’s deeply meaningful to me to be one of the holders of the chair
he created in honor of his father and grandfather. Add the fact that my
brilliant colleague Rich Saver and I were college classmates at Harvard, and the
honor becomes all the more meaningful to me.”
Allen met Brinkley – who had just graduated from Harvard at
the time – when a mutual friend said Brinkley was trying to decide where to go
to law school.
“My grandfather and father, one
an educator and the other a lawyer, whom the professorship honors, would be
pleased and proud for Dean Martin Brinkley to hold an Arch T. Allen
Distinguished Professorship in the UNC School of Law,” says Allen. “Other
family members and I are proud to have their name associated with Martin, a
wonderful person of outstanding ability, intelligence and character.”
Brinkley is Carolina Law’s 14th dean, a position he has held
since 2015. He is one of only two individuals in the school’s 173-year history
to become dean directly from practice. During his 22 years of practice, he
primarily focused on corporate law, mergers, and acquisitions, antitrust and
regulated industries, public finance and charitable organizations law. In
2011-12, he served as president of the North Carolina Bar Association.
-November 6, 2017