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In addition to the Bars of the State of North Carolina and the District of Columbia, I am admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Western District of North Carolina and Middle District of North Carolina. I am admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. I have an admission application pending, as of October, 2010, to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

My primary practice subfields and interests are in nonprofit organizations, higher education law and private quasi-governmental organizations (e.g. Homeowners Associations) as well as, in constitutional law, in federal intergovernmental relations (predominantly powers of government), issues of federalism and national-state relations, commerce powers, state constitutional law and preemption.

Please note that as of this writing, I am not accepting any offers or solicitations for new clients except those specifically dealing with appellate matters that come as referrals from licensed attorneys or law firms in the jurisdictions in which I practice.


Practice areas


  1. Education: 30%
    5 years
  2. Appeals: 20%
    5 years
  3. Election Campaigns & Political Law: 20%
    5 years
  4. Constitutional: 20%
    5 years
  5. Government: 10%
    5 years

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DCActive 200905/25/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Chair's Award for Superior TeachingNorth Carolina Central University2010
Chair's Award for Superior TeachingNorth Carolina Central University2009
Pi Sigma Alpha Outstanding Faculty AwardThe Citadel2002
Pi Sigma Alpha Outstanding Faculty AwardThe Citadel2001
National Best Chapter Advisor AwardPi Sigma Alpha2000
Advisor, National Best Chapter AwardPi Sigma Alpha1999
Student Government Association Teaching AwardLouisiana State University1991
College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Senior AwardLouisiana State University1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
General CounselPi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society2008 - Present
Professor and Director of University Prelaw ProgramsNorth Carolina Central University2006 - Present
Assistant Director, Unauthorized Substances Tax DivisionNorth Carolina Dept. of Revenue2005 - 2006
Law ClerkU.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina2004 - 2004
Law ClerkNorth Carolina Court of Appeals2003 - 2003
Associate ProfessorThe Citadel- The Military College of South Carolina1996 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor SocietyN/AN/A
American Political Science AssociationN/AN/A
Humane Society of the United StatesN/AN/A
Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to AnimalsN/AN/A
Supreme Court Historical SocietyN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Widener Law Review. “Dilemmas of Redistricting in a Partial-Coverage VRA State: An Empirical Reconsideration of the North Carolina Supreme Court’s Stephenson Opinion.”2009
North Carolina Central Law Review“The Paving Principle of Good Intentions? Calls for Reform of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and the Private Game Theory Equilibrium Opposing Them.”2008
Appalachian Journal of Law“Making Room at the Table: The Public Policy Dangers of Over-Reliance on Black-Letter Contract Terms in State Common Interest Community Law.”2007
Praeger Books(w/Moreland & Steed) Eye of the Storm: The South and Congress in an Era of Change2002
Vanderbilt Univ. Press(w/Bullock & Gaddie) David Duke and the Politics of Race in the South1995
n/aAdditional publications available upon request.N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of North Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of Georgia, AthensPolitical SciencePh.D.1993
Mississippi State UniversityPolitical ScienceMA - Masters1987
Louisiana State University, Baton RougePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Meeting of the Assoc. of College Honor SocietiesThe (Newly) Revised Model Nonprofit Corporations Act and Academic Honor Societies2010
Annual Meeting of the Assoc. of College Honor SocietiesThe Honor Society National-Chapter Relationship: Structural and Risk Management Issues2009
n/aother engagements upon requestN/A