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Judge Elaine O’Neal Named Interim Dean of School of Law


North Carolina Central University announces the appointment of North Carolina Superior Court Judge Elaine Mercia O’Neal as interim dean of the School of Law at North Carolina Central University. Judge O’Neal will begin in her new role on July 16, 2018.

While serving as the interim dean at the School of Law, Judge O’Neal will oversee daily activities of the school and ensure that the highest legal educational standards are upheld while the university undertakes a nationwide search for a permanent new dean.

Judge O’Neal is an accomplished and seasoned attorney who began serving as a North Carolina District Court Judge in 1994 and was elected to the Superior Court bench in 2011, where she serves in the 14th District. She worked as a solo legal practitioner before being elected to her first judgeship.

A Double Eagle and native of Durham, the new interim dean earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics and her juris doctorate from NCCU School of Law. She has extensive continuing education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The National Judicial College, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence and the North Carolina Drug Treatment Court Program, to name a few.

Judge O’Neal is a former member of the NCCU School of Law Board of Visitors. Active in the community, Judge O’Neal has served as a board member or co-founder of a number of organizations and institutions, including Restoration Institute for Leaders, Women’s Recovery House and Families First. She is also a former commissioner for the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Currently, she participates on the board of directors for Systems of Care and as a member of the Gang Assessment Oversight Committee.

Judge O’Neal is a member of Iota Phi Lambda business sorority and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

North Carolina Central University welcomes Judge Elaine Mercia O’Neal back to her Eagle family!

Published: Friday, June 22, 2018
by Associate Vice Chancellor, Ayana D Hernandez
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