Robert P. Mosteller to Join Faculty

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Visiting professor Robert P. Mosteller will join the UNC School of Law faculty in July 2009. Mosteller will become the inaugural J. Dickson Phillips Distinguished Professor of Law. He is currently the Harry R. Chadwick Sr. Professor of Law at Duke Law School, where he has taught evidence, criminal procedure, trial advocacy, and other subjects. He will teach and write in those areas at UNC and will direct the trial advocacy program.

"Bob Mosteller is one of America's leading authorities on evidence," said Dean Jack Boger '74. "We're thrilled to have him join us."

Mosteller has co-authored four textbooks and treatises, including the sixth edition of the authoritative McCormick on Evidence. He is a prolific author of scholarly articles and book chapters, and a frequent speaker on issues of criminal law, evidence, and related subjects.

The J. Dickson Phillips Distinguished Professorship is named for Carolina Law's long-time dean and Fourth Circuit judge J. Dickson Phillips Jr. "This professorship has been reserved for a distinguished scholar with a particular interest in the people and institutions of North Carolina," said Boger, "and we have found just the right scholar and teacher to hold this position."

Mosteller has an extensive record of service in the State of North Carolina. He has been president of the board of the Center for Death Penalty Litigation from 1995-98 and 2002-07. He was a member of the board of directors of North Carolina Legal Assistance Foundation from 1992-98, and a member of the North Carolina Judicial Education Study Committee from 2000-02, among many other service positions.

Mosteller is a native of Vale, North Carolina, and an honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA, 1970), Yale Law School (JD, 1975), and the Kennedy School at Harvard University (MPP, 1975). Mosteller clerked for the Hon. J. Braxton Craven Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and then served with the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C., rising to become Chief of the Trial Division in 1982. He joined the Duke law faculty in 1983, where he later became senior associate dean for academic affairs and chair of the university-wide Duke Academic Council.

-October 15, 2008

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