School Welcomes Seven New Faculty Members

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UNC School of Law welcomes seven new faculty members effective July 1, 2012. "We are truly delighted to have hired such a talented group of new faculty at UNC Law this year," says John Charles "Jack" Boger '74, dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law. "We'll have a new faculty member teaching evidence as well a new group of full-time faculty in the Writing and Learning Resources Center, who will teach legal writing, oral advocacy, and research. The bedrock of an excellent legal education is a great faculty, and these new teachers will bring added distinction to Carolina Law."

The new faculty members include:

Laura Collins Britton

Laura Collins Britton
Laura Collins Britton, clinical assistant professor of law, is a graduate of Mars Hill College and Northeastern University School of Law. In addition to clerkships in Boston, Argentina and Malaysia, Britton practiced consumer law at Pisgah Legal Services in Asheville for seven years prior to joining the faculty at UNC. She is a frequent presenter on issues pertaining to foreclosure defense, debt collection and unfair business practices. She will be designing and supervising the new Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic. Britton lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, son and menagerie of rescued pets.

Suzanne Chester

Suzanne M. Chester
Suzanne M. Chester, clinical professor of law, began working at the Domestic Violence and Family Law Unit at the Raleigh Office of Legal Aid in 1998 where she and the staff attorneys she supervised represented numerous victims of domestic violence in high-conflict family law cases. In addition, Chester had a general practice including housing law. She taught trial advocacy skills at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy program. She currently serves on the board of The Child Advocate, a non-profit agency providing legal representation for children. After graduating from UNC School of Law in 1995, Chester spent three years at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, focusing on post-conviction litigation and a class action lawsuit to improve medical care for women in prison. She looks forward to supervising students in the civil litigation, immigration and juvenile justice clinics, and she hopes to teach a family law/children's rights clinic in the future.

Alexa Chew

Alexa Z. Chew
Alexa Z. Chew, clinical assistant professor of law, previously worked as an adjunct professor teaching legal research and writing at Campbell University in North Carolina. She was also law clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Elmore at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Prior to that, she was an associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP, an international practice focused on global financial services firms and Fortune 100 companies. Chew received her law degree from Duke University in 2005 and her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 2001. She will teach in the Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy program.

Joshua Eagle

Joshua Eagle
Joshua Eagle, visiting professor of law, is a faculty member at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he teaches courses in property, environmental law, natural resources law and ocean and coastal law. He has authored numerous law review and peer-reviewed articles in these fields and recently published a casebook, “Coastal Law.” Eagle has testified before Congress and the White House Ocean Policy Task Force on legal issues related to ocean zoning and the siting of energy facilities; he currently serves on a National Research Council committee studying the environmental and economic impacts of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Before becoming a professor, Eagle practiced law in Washington, D.C., first as a trial attorney with the Justice Department and then as wildlife counsel in the policy office of the National Audubon Society. Eagle earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990, an M.S. in forest sciences from Colorado State University in 1996, and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1985. He will teach environmental ocean and coastal law and natural resources law this fall.

Amanda Hitchcock

Amanda S. Hitchcock  
Amanda S. “Mandy” Hitchcock, clinical assistant professor of law, practiced in Washington, D.C., both with Goodwin Procter LLP and as an assistant federal public defender. She also worked at two Washington law schools, first coordinating pro bono law services and then teaching writing as an adjunct. Hitchcock graduated with highest honors from UNC School of Law in 2007 and received her undergraduate degree in Afro-American studies from UNC in 1998. Prior to law school, she worked as a policy associate at the Center for Teaching Quality in Carrboro, N.C., and spent two years teaching 7th grade in Durham Public Schools. She will teach in the Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy program.

Robert Smith

Robert J. Smith
Robert J. Smith, assistant professor of law, was previously visiting assistant professor at DePaul University College of Law, where he taught criminal law and criminal procedure. He served as the legal and policy advisor to Harvard Law School's Charles Hamilton Houston Institute and represented death-sentenced inmates as a staff attorney at the Louisiana Capital Appeals Project. Smith earned his law degree from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He will teach criminal law this fall and evidence in the spring.

Erika Wilson

Erika K. Wilson
Erika K. Wilson, assistant professor of law, was previously a clinical law professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law in Maryland for three years, where she taught the Civil Advocacy Law Clinic. Prior to that, she worked as an associate at Arnold and Porter LLP, where she litigated complex commercial cases involving antitrust, copyright infringement and product liability issues. Wilson also served as the George N. Lindsay Fellow for the non-profit Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, where she litigated school desegregation cases. She received her law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2003 and her bachelor’s degree cum laude in public policy from the University of Southern California in 2000. She teaches civil lawyering process and civil legal clinic.

-August 20, 2012

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