Assistant Professor of Law
J.D., North Carolina Central University
M.A., North Carolina State University
B.A., St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Lydia E. Lavelle, born in Athens, Ohio, graduated with a B.A. from St. Andrews Presbyterian College. She earned a Master’s of Recreation Resources, from North Carolina State University, and worked in the field of parks and recreation administration for several years.
A 1993 graduate of the Law School’s evening program, she clerked for the Honorable Clifton E. Johnson on the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 1993 to 1995 before obtaining a position at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law. She was the Law School’s first Pro Bono Coordinator and Alumni Relations Director. She also served as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the Law School for ten years.
An Assistant Professor, she teaches Civil Procedure, State and Local Governmental Law, and Sexual Identity and the Law. She has also taught Legal Writing II, Advanced Legal Writing I, and Street Law. She serves as a member of the Law School’s Curriculum Committee, Relations and External Affairs Committee, and Student Disciplinary Committee. Her memberships include the Society of American Law Teachers, the 15B Judicial District Bar (NC), the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (NCAWA), the National Lesbian and Gay Law (LGBT) Bar Association, and the North Carolina Gay Advocacy Legal Alliance. She is a past president of NCAWA and currently serves on their nominating committee. She is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Ohio.
For many years, she has been involved in public service, including nearly a decade as a member of the Durham Open Space and Trails Commission. She currently serves as an elected member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen and as the chair of the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Transportation Advisory Committee. She is also a member of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitor’s Bureau Board of Directors.
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