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Janice P Paul

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Clinical Asst. Prof/Legal Director, CCFH
(919) 385-0814
Clinic Albert L. Turner Law Building


Prof. Janice Paul teaches Children and the Law and also serves as the Legal Director at the Center for Child and Family Health in Durham. After graduating from law school, and prior to joining the law faculty in 2016, Prof. Paul worked in the following capacities:

~Senior Legislative Analyst/Staff Attorney, North Carolina General Assembly. Served as committee counsel. Staffed Senate and House Judiciary Committees, and various oversight and select committees. Primary subject areas: Children and Families, Criminal Law, Health and Human Services, Unemployment, Mental Health. (2010-2016)

~Assistant District Attorney, Fourteenth Prosecutorial District, Durham, NC. Supervised Protection of the Family Unit. Prosecuted felony child abuse, child pornography, domestic violence, and animal cruelty offenses, and all child sexual offense cases. (2005-2010)

~Appeals Referee, North Carolina Division of Employment Security. Presided over hearings involving claims for unemployment insurance benefits. (1991-2005)

~Attorney Advocate, Durham Guardian ad Litem Program. Represented victims of child abuse and neglect in civil proceedings. Worked as consultant to the NC Administrative Office of the Courts Guardian ad litem Program in appellate practice matters. (1989-1999)

~Clinical Instructor, Duke University School of Law Child Advocacy Clinic. Provided supervised practical training for third-year law students.

~Associate, Stubbs, Cole, Breedlove, Prentis & Biggs. Engaged in the general practice of law with an emphasis in banking, corporate, and commercial law. (1988-1991)

~Law Clerk to the Hon. Harry C. Martin, Supreme Court of North Carolina. Performed legal research, and drafted bench briefs and opinions for the Court. (1985-1987)

~Legal Intern for the Hon. Harry C. Martin, Supreme Court of North Carolina, through the Governor's Youth Advocacy and Internship Program.

~Summer Intern, Poe, Porter, Alphin & Whichard, P.A. Organized and managed the work of three partners in the firm.

Prof. Paul graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1985, where she was a member of the Holderness Moot Court Bench, and Co-chair of the Craven National Invitational Moot Court Competition. Her undergraduate degree is from UNC-Chapel Hill, 1976, where she earned a B.A. in English/Speech Communication.

Before going to law school, Prof. Paul worked in health and hospital administration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Currently, Prof. Paul serves on the Durham Department of Social Services Board, the Durham County Community Child Protection/Child Fatality Team, and is a member of the Durham Child Abuse Multiagency Review Team.

Prof. Paul lives in northern Durham County with her husband who is a retired audiologist, dogs, cats, horses, and a miniature donkey. Her daughter, Caroline Paul Stutts, is a Legal Eagle, Class of 2011, and practices law in Raleigh.


JD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1985
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