Vol. 6 No. 2
Fall 2007/Winter 2008
S c h o o l o f G o v e r n m e n t , U N C - C h a p e l H i l l
Highlights in this issue A PORtRAIt OF
2 Message from ELMER R . OEttINGER JR .
by Ann Cary Simpson
4 New Faculty Members Associate Dean for Development and Communications
8 Launch of
As the School of Government completes the commemoration
of its 75th year, we profile one of the earliest faculty members,
9 Advanced Education Chapel Hill resident Elmer Oettinger. Elmer R. Oettinger
for Elected Officials
10 Democracy and
y first job for Albert Coates from UNC: AB (1934), LLB (1939), MA
was in 1937 when I was in (1952, in dramatic arts), and PhD (1966,
Training for Teachers law school,” said Elmer R. in English). After earning his undergraduate
14 New Design and Oettinger Jr. “I researched degree, he continued his study of dramatic
Improved Navigation and wrote the Guidebook for Notaries arts in graduate school at Columbia Univer-
for School’s Website Public. I was in on a great many things that sity, acted on and off Broadway, and wrote a
happened very early.” A native of Wilson, full-length play, The Pied Piper, based on the
North Carolina, Oettinger is a man of music, life of Huey Long, Louisiana governor and
theater, letters, and law; he brought to the US senator.
Institute of Government a fine legal mind Health problems forced Oettinger to return
enriched by a wealth of creativity. He served to North Carolina, where he “rested” by
Welcome to the
the Institute at two quite different times in entering law school. Working frequently
first issue of
its evolution, 1939–41 and 1960–78. for Coates while a law student, he officially
Oettinger said of his first introduction to joined the Institute staff following graduation
the Institute, “Albert Coates [the Institute’s in 1939. Coates later described Oettinger
The School of Government is
pleased to introduce Coates founder] was the commencement speaker at as “one of half a dozen men whom I have
Connection, a newsletter for my high school graduation. He had been my taught during the past decade who seemed
the School’s friends and clients. uncle’s roommate at the University of North to fit the exacting requirements of work on
This new publication replaces
the Friends of the Institute
Carolina and was now a young law professor. the staff of the Institute of Government.”
Newsletter, and its name honors Albert told us about his project, the Institute Oettinger’s first assignment was to cover
Albert Coates, the founder of of Government. This was 1930.” the 1939 General Assembly as part of
the Institute of Government,
Oettinger entered UNC to study dramatic Coates’s Legislative Reporting Service. In
and his wife, Gladys Hall
Coates. To learn more about arts, but Coates regularly exhorted him to spring 1941, he moved to Raleigh to be-
Albert and Gladys Coates, choose a new direction: “Albert would say, come “the Institute’s man in the legislature”
we invite you to view In Their ‘You’ve got to get rid of all this drama business, for the duration of the session. “I would stay
Own Words, a video about the
and when you do and become a good lawyer, up until midnight writing,” he said, “to get
founding of the Institute. View
the video at www.sog.unc.edu/ I want you in the Institute of Government.’”
about/coates.html. Oettinger eventually earned four degrees (continued on next page)
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M E SSAG E f rom the DEAN
In the last few years, the School has experienced a number of retirements among faculty members who have
been here for 30 years or more. These retirements have been balanced by an even greater number of new faculty
members joining us to fill the need left by a departing colleague or to cover new fields of expertise.
As retirements arise, our faculty and staff carefully take stock of the field in question and, in consultation with
clients, decide whether it makes sense to handle the field as we have previously, or modify our approach to better
meet the needs of the affected client group. In some cases, we reorganize to provide greater focus and strength in
key areas and at other times add fields to meet new needs. We are fortunate to have new faculty members who bring
impressive energy and diverse interests to the School, but who also embrace our core services and values.
While the School moves forward and strives to provide the best possible service to state and local government,
we realize it is not enough simply to meet the current education needs of those we serve. We want to get better at
Dean Mike Smith anticipating the challenges and issues that will confront North Carolina in the future. Toward that goal, the School is
embarking on a strategic planning process. It has been more than 10 years since we last surveyed our clients for help
in identifying the best aspects of our service, as well as determining where gaps exist and recommending new
directions. The recommendations from that last planning process are now well institutionalized at the School, and it
is time to ask for your input again.
If you are contacted during this planning process, please respond. We want to know what you think about our
work and where you believe we should be headed in the future to best fulfill our mission: to improve the lives of
North Carolinians by engaging in practical scholarship that helps public officials and citizens understand and improve
state and local government.
the Daily Bulletin out the next day. George on the brand-new university educational
Riddle, Ashley Seawell, and others [fellow station, WUNC–tV. During this time,
Institute faculty members] would come over Oettinger earned his master’s degree and
and help when they could.” Oettinger also ini- taught in the departments of English and
tiated a weekly legislative bulletin, produced Radio, television and Motion Pictures at
with the help of former staff member Henry UNC-Chapel Hill.
Brandis and colleague Dillard Gardner, who In 1960, finally responding to a series of
Coates Connection is pitched in at night. invitations from Coates, Oettinger returned
published twice a year by After serving in the US Navy during World to the Institute as a specialist in free press
the School of Government
War II, Oettinger returned to Wilson, where and fair trial, open meetings, privacy, copy-
at UNC-Chapel Hill. The
he practiced law and then worked as a radio right, libel, and journalist’s privilege. As his
newsletter is also available
online at www.sog.unc.edu/ news director and commentator. A highlight career progressed, he also covered crimi-
about/news.html. of his radio career was covering the 1948 po- nal justice, auto insurance law, and the
litical conventions in Philadelphia, at which Highway Patrol School. He was consulted
Please send comments
he witnessed the Republicans’ nomination regularly by members of the press, broad-
to editors Ellen Bradley
of New Yorker Thomas Dewey and the casters, government personnel, and public
919.843.6527) or Faith M. stormy “Dixiecrat” walkout of South Carolin- information officers.
Thompson (fmthomps@sog. ian Strom Thurmond on the Democrats. During this second term, one of his major
unc.edu or 919.962.8477). In the 1950s he was recruited to help plan contributions was development of the
and moderate IDEAS, a program that ran nation’s first News Media–Administration of
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Justice Council beginning in 1964. Oettinger
described the first meeting of the council as
“a horrendous experience” of mixing people
who had never worked with one another be-
fore and often found themselves on opposing
sides of issues. Under Oettinger’s guidance,
the groups eventually discovered common
ground, and North Carolina’s council became
a model for other states.
Oettinger also served as editor of the
Institute’s Popular Government journal for
12 years. School faculty member Jack Vogt
recalled, “The highlight of my work with
Elmer was our joint editorship of the 1978
penned these words:
issue of Popular Government addressing the
See the USA through the ULC, America is Elmer and Mary Lib Oettinger
press-government relationship in North waiting for our Acts. (left and center) enjoy the
Carolina. Elmer’s contributions made that Keep the State law straight, keep our Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in
issue the best of my five-year stint as editor.” product great: America needs certain law
Cleveland, Ohio, with another
delegate at a meeting of the
Vogt continued, “Elmer was one of those and facts. National Conference of
‘pioneers’ who in the Institute of Govern- When the law’s uniform, you can keep har- Commissioners on Uniform
ment’s early years made Albert Coates’s mony, and bring better law that impacts. State Laws in 1998.
dream a successful reality.” In 1990 Oettinger received the North
After mandatory retirement from the Carolina Press Association’s prestigious
Institute at age 65, Oettinger continued in William C. Lassiter First Amendment Award
emeritus status to teach a law course and for promoting free speech and the First
work with the American Bar Association on Amendment.
freedom-of-the-press issues. Throughout his multifaceted career,
In 1977, Governor James B. Hunt appointed Oettinger enjoyed the strong support and
him to the National Conference of Com- encouragement of his like-minded wife and
missioners on Uniform State Laws (ULC). family. Mary Lib, his dedicated partner of
He was reappointed to this position by four 67 years, retired from a distinguished career
succeeding governors and continues to be in social work, including a term as president
an honorary member. In 1978 he chaired the of the North Carolina Association of Social
ULC’s special committee to draft a uniform Workers. He and she are extremely proud
privacy act for state governments. As a of their sons, Brick, a UNC-Chapel Hill
member of the planning committee for the administrator, and Kenny, an attorney in
ULC’s centennial celebration in 1991, he Chapel Hill, and their sons’ families.
brought his flair for humor and dramatic Oettinger celebrated his ninety-fourth
arts to the fore, writing 46 songs for the birthday in November 2007. The School of
celebration, all set to popular tunes. For the Government congratulates and thanks him
first verse of “See the USA,” for example, he for his many outstanding achievements.
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he School of Government is report, Without Favor, Denial or Delay:
pleased to welcome Michael A Court System for the 21st Century. He also
SCHOOL Crowell, James M. “Jamie” was active in various other efforts at court
Markham, and Karl W. Smith improvement.
to its faculty. Crowell holds a BA from the University
WELCOMES Michael Crowell joined the faculty in of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a
August as professor of public law and govern- JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
tHREE NEW ment, focusing on the law of judicial admin- He may be contacted at 919.966.4438 or
istration. He previously served on the faculty firstname.lastname@example.org.
FACULtY from 1970 to 1985, during which time he
also was a consultant to the North Carolina
In July, Jamie Markham joined the
School of Government as assistant professor
Criminal Code Commission, assisted various of public law and government, in the area of
legislative study commissions, and was direc- criminal law and procedure with a focus on
tor of bill drafting for the General Assembly. the law of sentencing, corrections, and con-
From 1985 to 2007, Crowell practiced ditions of confinement. While working on
law with Tharrington Smith LLP, in Raleigh, his law degree, he served as a summer law
specializing in administrative law, local gov- clerk at the School and as a summer associ-
ernment, elections, appeals, voting rights, ate for law firms in Greensboro and Raleigh.
redistricting, legislation, and mediation. Before entering law school, Markham
Crowell took time out from practice for spent five years in the US Air Force, where
two years to serve as executive director of he earned the rank of captain and served
the Commission for the Future of Justice as flight commander and political-military
and the Courts in North Carolina and was analyst. He also was a travel writer for Let’s
principal author of the commission’s 1996 Go, Inc., contributing to the Russia and
Michael Crowell Jamie Markham Karl Smith
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Ukraine chapters of Let’s Go: Eastern Europe.
Markham earned a BA in government,
cum laude, from Harvard College and a JD PROFESSOR
with high honors, Order of the Coif, from
Duke University, where he was editor-in-chief ANN MCCOLL tO
of the Duke Law Journal. He may be reached
at 919.843.3914 or email@example.com. ASSISt WItH
Karl Smith joined the School of Govern-
ment full-time in May as assistant professor
of public economics and government spe-
cializing in tax issues. Smith is the creator
of an interactive model of North Carolina’s
tax structure, commonly called the tax nn McColl joined the School of
calculator. This spreadsheet allows a user to Government faculty in August
see present and future effects of changes in for a one-year term as a visiting
rates and bases of major state and local taxes associate professor. She is an
in North Carolina. attorney and an associate professor in the
Smith’s work includes analyzing economic Department of Educational Leadership in
issues such as income tax, business tax the College of Education at UNC-Charlotte.
incentives, economic impact of industries During her visiting term, McColl will
and businesses, and tax changes that affect conduct legal and policy research on the
community and economic development in responsibilities of state and local govern-
North Carolina. He also works on behalf of ment for North Carolina’s system of public
the School of Government with the State education. Her research will provide state
and Local Fiscal Modernization Study and local leaders with a better understand-
Commission established by the North Car- ing of the ways in which roles have evolved
olina General Assembly. His responsibilities over time and new ways in which existing
with the commission include research on the roles could be defined.
state’s income tax structure, the relationship McColl also will work with faculty mem-
between the state and local governments in bers Robert Joyce and Laurie Mesibov to
financing Medicaid, and the financial impact prepare and deliver the School’s advanced
of proposed changes in the tax structure. training for local elected officials on educa-
Before joining the faculty, Smith spent tion law and the public education system.
five months as a research associate at the McColl has practiced law in Raleigh
School, working on tax reform issues, and and has served as legal counsel and
he also was a graduate fellow with the North director of policy for the North Carolina
Carolina State University Institute for School Boards Association and as legal
Emerging Issues. He holds a BS and a PhD in counsel for the North Carolina Association
economics from North Carolina State Uni- of School Administrators. She is a graduate
versity. He may be reached at 919.966.9393 of UNC-Chapel Hill, where she earned a
or firstname.lastname@example.org. BA and a JD.
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S C H O O L of GOVERNMENT
In April, School of Government professor Milton S. Heath Jr.
received the 2007 Newton Underwood Award for Excellence
in Teaching from the School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel
Hill. The award is presented to Environmental Sciences and
Engineering (ESE) faculty members who exhibit the dedication
to students and teaching typified by former ESE professor
Newton Underwood. Nominations, discussions, and a vote of
ESE graduate students determine the award recipient. Heath
was honored for his excellence in teaching, his knowledge of
the course material, his relevant experience, and his interac-
tion with students. As part of the nomination process, one of
Heath’s students commented, “Dr. Heath goes out of his way
to make himself accessible to his students, and to communicate
how much he cares about and enjoys them as individuals.”
Heath has taught a graduate-level course in the ESE program
Alex Hess and Milton Heath authored two law review articles
on the evolution of North Carolina environmental legislation
that were published in UNC Law Review (Fall 2006) and
Alex Hess Campbell Law Review (Spring 2007).
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Will Lambe, associate director of the Community and Economic Development
Program, partnered with the NC Rural Economic Development Center to
produce a report with 45 case studies of small towns (fewer than 10,000
residents) that are surviving — and in many cases thriving — in today’s economy.
Ten towns are featured at length; five of those are located in North Carolina.
They represent “proven practices” and exhibit a comprehensive set of strategies
for working together effectively. Thirty-five other towns, representing “promising
practices,” are described in a shorter format. The case studies are intended to
provide inspiration, hope, and practical ideas to small-town civic leaders. To Will Lambe
request a copy of the report, contact Will Lambe at email@example.com or
919.966.4247, or visit www.cednc.unc.edu.
Rick Morse, assistant professor of public administration and government, is the
lead editor of Transforming Public Leadership for the 21st Century, published by
M.E. Sharpe. The high-profile project includes many internationally prominent
authors and is part of a series sponsored by the National Academy of Public
Administration called Transformational Trends in Governance & Democracy.
According to Montgomery Van Wart of California State University, San Bernardino,
“This is the most sophisticated volume of new essays to appear on administrative
leadership in several decades — perhaps ever. While individual essays frequently
advocate a particular perspective, the editors have beautifully counter-balanced
the chapters to provide a wonderful — and very engaging — range of analysis.
It will likely become a staple in many classes on administrative leadership.”
Over the course of the last year, Rick Morse, Lydian Altman-Sauer, Leslie
Anderson, and graduate students worked with community members in the greater
Wilson area to engage the community, research demographic trends, solicit
feedback and ideas, and begin to form teams to implement the community’s
vision for its future. This community visioning process was a broad-based effort
that included the city and county of Wilson, business and community groups,
schools and colleges, nonprofit organizations, and churches. Growing out of a
mutual understanding of the necessity of creating a shared vision for the future
of the greater Wilson community, a group of about 40 citizens representing Lydian Altman-Sauer
diverse interests led a complex process that involved more than 1500 people to
accomplish that ambitious goal. Decisions made through the process include adopting a statement
of the community’s desired future state (vision statement) as well as specific targets for improvement
(goals). Work continues as community action teams continue to refine their plan and implement their ideas.
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he School of Government also tracks the status of orders and enables
launched a new online book- buyers to view a record of past purchases.
GOVERNMENt store in July that offers a con- Behind the scenes, the centralized system
venient way to search for and speeds up the time for shipment of orders
LAUNCHES purchase publications. The new store pro- and makes business processes more efficient
vides a searchable database for customers and reliable.
ONLINE and allows the School to more efficiently Early next year the bookstore will expand
process purchases and manage shipping again to include online registration for the
BOOKStORE and inventory. School’s courses and conferences.
A significant feature of the new system is Associate Dean for Information technol-
the ability to search for publications using ogy todd Nicolet commented, “The new
a variety of criteria such as topic, author, or online bookstore improves our ability to get
title. Customers who search the site by topic, the best resources to the right people. Inte-
for example, receive a complete list and grating courses into the same system will
short descriptions of all related resources, make it even easier for clients to find and
from books and bulletins to Popular Govern- acquire what they need in a single visit to
ment articles. our website.”
First-time customers can create a personal to browse the new online bookstore, visit
profile, which means that information is en- the School’s website at www.sog.unc.edu,
tered just one time and then stored to make and click on “Publications” in the upper right
future purchases even easier. The system corner of the screen.
shopp ing.ne t suite.com/s og store
The online bookstore
one-stop shopping for
School of Government
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he state of North Carolina is • Focused, in-depth courses provide knowledge
in the midst of monumental and tools for elected officials to use in their
change. The state is projected own communities.
to grow by more than 1 million • Advanced programs will help leaders plan ADVANCED
people in the next 20 years, moving us and implement strategies at the regional
from the 11th to the 7th largest state in the and statewide level. tRAINING
nation. This growth is an opportunity but Participants who complete specified
it also brings stresses and strains to our courses and hours of attendance will be rec-
governmental services and systems. Many ognized at the annual NCLM and NCACC SERVE NORtH
communities are searching for new and conferences.
innovative ways to respond to economic, “As county commissioners, we are com-
political, and demographic transformations. mitted to learning as much as we can about LOCAL ELECtED
Although these changes can place enormous the issues that are facing counties,” said David
pressure on local governments, they also Young, Buncombe County commissioner
present an opportunity for elected officials and president of NCACC. “The Local Elected
to think creatively and act collaboratively Leaders Academy is the next step toward
when making decisions that shape North helping us become stronger and more effec-
Carolina’s future. tive leaders in our communities.”
The School of Government, in partner- Robert Partin, mayor of Scotland Neck
ship with the NC Association of County and president of NCLM, commented,
Commissioners and the NC League of “Municipal and county officials have to work
Municipalities, is responding to this need together to do what’s right for the state of
with the Local Elected Leaders Academy. North Carolina. The Leadership Academy
This hands-on program of advanced educa- gives us an opportunity to do that.”
tion will prepare local elected officials to meet The Local Elected Leaders Academy
the challenges facing North Carolina in the offered its first course in November and has
21st century. several more planned for spring 2008. to
Three levels of programming will be offered learn more, visit the School of Government
through the Academy: website at www.sog.unc.edu/programs/
• Offered in alternating years, the Essentials leadership.html or contact Donna Warner at
of County Government and Essentials 919.962.1575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
of Municipal Government courses
provide an orientation to North Carolina
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DEMOCRACY AND CONFLICt learned how to connect select pieces of
young-adult literature to lessons on conflict
RESOLUtION tRAINING HELD resolution and democracy. teachers also
participated in interactive activities such as
FOR PIEDMONt-AREA tEACHERS “Police Call,” a role-play activity in which
participants act as law enforcement officers
involved in breaking up various conflicts. The
n June 18 and 19, the School goal of this role-play is to illustrate the ways
of Government’s NC Civic in which law enforcement officers construc-
Education Consortium and tively resolve conflicts in schools and com-
the Constitutional Rights munities. Officer Greenlee of the Durham
Foundation-Chicago co-hosted a unique Police Department guided teachers through
professional development opportunity for the role-play and offered insight into law
middle school teachers. Nineteen teachers enforcement’s role in conflict resolution.
from Durham, Guilford, and Orange counties A generous donation from Durham-based
learned about the Constitutional Rights C.t. Wilson Construction Company provided
Foundation-Chicago’s VOICE (Violence- participants with a literature supplement and
prevention Outcomes in Civic Education) a stipend. The literature supplement included
curriculum, which uses literature, law educa- such notable titles as Remember: The Journey
C.T. Wilson Construction Company
of Durham generously provided
tion, peer mediation, and service-learning to to School Integration by toni Morrison, The
a literature supplement and a educate students about democratic govern- Giver by Lois Lowry, and Declaration of
participation stipend for teachers. ment and conflict resolution. Independence by Sam Fink. A professional
Throughout the two-day training, teachers development grant from the Constitutional
Rights Foundation-Chicago funded the
participants’ materials as well as the trainer’s
time and travel.
to learn more about the Civic Education
Consortium and training opportunities for
educators, visit www.civics.org.
LaTonya Smith (second from right), a
Durham Public Schools social studies
teacher, is “arrested” in a role-play
activity as Durham Police Officer
Greenlee explains how police officers
work to resolve conflicts.
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MPA FLEx OFFERED NORTH CA ROL INA
FOR MID-CAREER NEWS NOtES
he School of Government’s
Master of Public Administra- n The deputy clerk of the City of Charlotte, Stephanie Kelly, was
tion Program has introduced a elected to the board of directors for the International Institute of
new track for North Carolina Municipal Clerks.
government professionals. MPA Flex will n The City of Gastonia has a new logo, which is part of a larger
provide an opportunity for practitioners branding strategy. The logo features a background image of
to earn a Master of Public Administration Charlotte’s skyscrapers combined with a modern font style to
degree on a part-time basis while maintaining reflect Gastonia’s small-town atmosphere and big-city opportunities.
employment in local or state government. n The City of Salisbury was the statewide recipient of the 2007
Students in the MPA Flex track will take Fit Community Award. The designation recognizes communities
courses with traditional students but will have that support healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco-free
the flexibility to complete their degrees on living through policy and infrastructure. Salisbury was also desig-
a part-time basis over as many as five years. nated as one of 19 “Cool Cities for 2007” by the North Carolina
Chapter of the Sierra Club. The award program recognizes cities
to learn more about the MPA Flex track, that are actively addressing global warming through their envi-
contact Susan Lynch at email@example.com ronmental efforts. Salisbury’s leadership sets a great example for
or 919.962.0425. small cities across North Carolina.
n The goal of the City of Clinton’s March to a Million campaign
was to rally the entire community to raise $1,400,000 in four
months to build a new public high school. The 36-member
committee exceeded its goal by raising $2,000,087. The
successful effort was a leading reason for Clinton’s selection as
an All-American City for 2007.
A lovely Daniel
Johnston pot n Pitt Community College maintains contact with its talented
was donated retirees through a monthly breakfast, where retirees have the
this summer to opportunity to network and learn about new developments
the School of on campus.
n Municipal clerks from Brunswick County have provided
assistance with marketing and hospitality for the local teen court,
which has had a positive impact on the students participating in
of Kay Spivey,
Submit news from your community for the next issue of
the School’s Coates Connection to Faith Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
retired director or 919.962.8477.
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FAQ FREqUENTLy ASKED qUESTIONS
FROM SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT CLIENTS
This question was answered by Fleming Bell,
professor of public law and government. Contact
Bell at 919.966.4210 or email@example.com.
Q: Are members of city councils and allows him or her to hear everything that is
boards of county commissioners permitted going on in the council chambers and allows
to vote by telephone or by proxy? those at the meeting to hear the member.
The clerk could also record how the mem-
A: In my opinion, the vote of a council ber would vote if he or she were physically
member or commissioner participating in a present at the meeting, and she or he could
meeting by telephone or proxy would not put this “telephone vote” (noted as such) in
stand up if tested in court, because there the minutes. Similarly, you could allow an
is simply no statutory authority for the absent member’s purported “proxy” (their
practice. The Open Meetings Law men- opinion) to be entered on the record. The
tions meeting by conference telephone call, bottom line is that I would not want to rely
but that law is not an enabling statute — it on such a vote to decide a case.
only supplies rules that must be followed Boards that do not have detailed statu-
if a board is otherwise meeting properly tory rules of procedure, the list of which
under the general city enabling or county includes most other local government
enabling laws (see G.S. Chapter 160A, boards, might be able to use telephone or
Article 5, and Chapter 153A, Article 4, re- proxy voting, if they have specifically pro-
spectively). The enabling statutes establish vided for it in their own internal rules of
detailed rules for holding city council and procedure. However, the answer to this
Each issue of Coates county board of commissioner meetings, question is unclear.
Connection will but they do not mention meeting by phone Make sure that you consult your local
feature a frequently or proxy, in contrast to the statutes for attorney in all situations involving “unusual”
asked question from private corporations, which allow for proxy voting, and make sure that you follow the
our clients, along with voting and the like. attorney’s advice closely. Courts are quick
a response from a On the other hand, I see no reason not to to invalidate actions if improper procedures
School of Government allow a board member to participate in the were used, so it is essential for the attorney
faculty member. discussion, as long as the two-way hook-up to guide you every step of the way.
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COUNTy AND tRANSYLVANIA COUNtY
he School of Government
congratulates Laura Brookshire,
this year’s recipient of the
n June the Warren Jake Wicker Under-
School of graduate Scholarship. Brookshire is a 2007
Government graduate of Brevard High School in tran-
published sylvania County. She graduated first in her
a new reference class at Brevard and was a semifinalist for
book, County and the University’s prestigious Morehead-
Municipal Government in North Carolina. Cain scholarship. In high school she was an
The publication is the only comprehen- Laura Brookshire
officer in the student council and partici-
sive treatment of the legal foundations, pated in band, cross-country, and track.
organization, and administration of the She volunteered extensively for community
state’s counties and cities. It updates service organizations, including the Boys
and replaces two books, County Govern- and Girls Club, Girls on the Run, and 4-H,
ment in North Carolina, last published in in addition to tutoring elementary school
1998, and Municipal Government in North students in reading and math. Her parents
Carolina, last published in 1996. are employed by transylvania County and
For the first time, this complete reference transylvania County Schools.
is offered as a CD-ROM and as individual The $1,000 scholarship is awarded an-
articles. The articles may be viewed on the nually to an entering first-year student
School’s website and saved for reference as at UNC-Chapel Hill with a parent who
nonprintable PDFs. In addition, the book has worked at the local government level
may be purchased in loose-leaf format for five or more years. The next application
or as individual articles in PDF format. deadline is April 1, 2008. For more infor-
A new online shopping cart now makes it mation, contact Megan Dillin, UNC Office
possible for buyers to browse, search for, and of Scholarships, at firstname.lastname@example.org
purchase books or bulletins directly from or 919.962.3620.
the School’s website. For more information, The scholarship was created by the
visit the School’s County and Municipal 1990 Municipal and County Administration
Government page online at www.sog.unc. class to honor the course director, Warren
edu/pubs/cmg, or call the Publications Jake Wicker. Wicker was a member of the
Sales Office at 919.966.4119. School faculty for 48 years until his death
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A NEW LOOK
he School of Government • Community Problem-Solving
website has a fresh new look. and Collaboration
AND IMPROVED The redesigned site features • Corrections
improved navigation and new • Courts and Judicial Administration
NAVIGAtION information that makes it easier for visitors • Criminal Law
FOR SCHOOL OF to find what they are looking for. • Education Law
A new “Courses and Resources” link on • Employment Law
GOVERNMENt the front page offers an easy way to find • Environment
WEBSItE educational resources within 21 categories: • Evaluation and Measurement
• Civic Education • Family Law
• Civil Law and Procedure • Health and Human Services
• Community and Economic Development • Human Resource Management
• Information Technology
• Juvenile Law
• Land Use Planning and Development
w w w. s og.unc .edu • Leadership and Governance
• Local Government Budget, Finance,
• Local Government Law
• State Government
Each category features a Welcome page
describing the School’s work in that area
with links to faculty and program per-
sonnel, related sites, courses and course
registration, and publications.
Visitors are invited to explore the School
of Government’s website at www.sog.unc.
edu. If you have questions or comments
about the site, please use the online feed-
back form on the Contact Us page, or
The School of Government’s new website features improved
navigation that makes it easier for visitors to find information
on courses and publications.
14 Coates Connection
CONtRIBUtING Thank you to all who support the School of Government.
We gratefully acknowledge the following gifts and pledges
FRIENDS made to the School of Government Foundation between
June 1, 2007, and October 31, 2007.
Individuals Jasper D. Evans F. Fetzer Mills tonya C. Walton
Dorus Edgar Faires Pennington Martin Mills F. Hardin Watkins Jr.
G. Wayne Abernathy Robyn Schryer Fehrman Christopher Paul Morrill Christopher Delamar Welch
J. Allen Adams Lucille E. Fidler Carolyn Bond Morrison Jesse L. White Jr.
J. Russell Allen William Alan Flexner Fred G. Morrison Jr. Ann t. Whitworth
Gregory S. Allison Jr. Fred Folger Jr. Benjamin Thomas Murphrey II Angela L. Williams
Joyce A. Allman Bryan Douglas Foster Charles B. Neely Jr. Beverly Ann Williams
Stephen Allred Carl Raynard Fox Brian Sean Newport Elizabeth Williams
David Neil Ammons G. Linwood Futrelle Jr. Miriam Oates Wright Anderson Williams
Susan Lipman Austin A. Lee Galloway William O’Brien Carlton Forrest Williamson
E. Burt Aycock Jr. Martha Cole Glenn Marcia Dean Onieal Andy Willis III
Michael Earle Beale Joe Brannon Godfrey Jr. Cary Caperton Owen Jennifer Herrera Willis
Bree Danielle Bean Jane Nisbet Goode Charles Dexter Owen Jr. Abner Carr Withers Jr.
A. Fleming Bell II
Stacey Isaac Berahzer Seddon Goode Jr. Michael Matthew Owens Kenneth Paul Woodcock
Maureen Berner Amy Marie Gorely Abby Parcell Pat & Richard Woodcock
John Brereton Bestic Jr. todd Gilbert Grantham Joseph Mayon Parker Noah Woods
Marvin Allen Bethune Shannon B. Graves-King Eric J. Peterson Lee Worsley Jr.
Elroy Donald Black Jr. Frank Gray Harold B. Poole Jr. James Lee Wright III
Rebecca Weathers Blackmore Howard Ralph Greeson Jr. todd Evan Povar Edward A. Wyatt V
tony Lynn Blalock Barbara Dwyer Gunn William R. Purcell Martha A. Zeigler
Jerri Lynne Bland A.D. Guy Stephen W. Raper
Henry D. Blinder Ruffin Hall Martha Reed County
H. Hazen Blodgett III Suzanne Marie Harris Candace Marie Reynolds
Gwendolyn Harvey Jeff Richardson Durham County
Margaret Kirkpatrick Bond
Linda Bowland Dianne Hatley Christina Elizabeth Ritchie
L. Ellen Bradley Myra A. Heard Larry Scott Roadman Municipality
Sean Brandon Margaret Hill Henderson Philip Gregory Rogers City of Asheville
Cyrus Brooks W. Brian Hiatt A. Douglas Rothwell
Mary M. Brown Wally Hill Sharon Johnson Rothwell Associations
Emily Shackelford Bruce F. Ray Hockaday Jr. Joel Kenan Sasser
John David Holloway John L. Saxon Alumni Association of the
J. Shepard Bryan Jr. NC Municipal & County
Charles Clifford Cameron Elizabeth Myatt Holsten Beverly Scarlett
Pam Holt John Eugene Schelp Administration Course
Jerry Maurice Carter NC City-County Management
Kenneth Lee Carter Jr. W. Calvin Horton Christopher Richard Sherman
Norma M. Houston Harold Bundick Shill III Association
George French Chandler NC League of Municipalities
Clark Hanes Charlton James Milton Howerton Wayne H. Shoaf
Jeffrey Alan Hughes Kenneth Weid Shoffner NC Local Government Investment
Jennifer Eisenmenger Charlton Assoc.
George Montgomery Cleland III Phyllis Alfred Hughes Adrienne L. Simonson
Kate Kennedy Irvin Ann Cary Simpson NC Superior Court Judges Conference
Jean D. Coble NCLGISA
tanya J. Conklin Ellen Johnson James Hugh Slaughter
Mitchell Johnson Michael R. Smith UNC MPA Alumni Association
David Craig Cooke
Frank Cope Jason James Kaus Cynthia Ann Sommer
Monica Deneen Croskey Elizabeth Keever Brandy Nichole Sparks Businesses
Michael Crowell Anne Marie Knighton Wanda Kay tilley Spivey Capital Management of the
Elizabeth Kolb Cunningham Benjamin Marcus Lane Betsy Ross Howe Stafford Carolinas LLC
J. Calvin Cunningham III Stephanie Mooring Langlois Valerie Ann Stafford-Fox Duke Energy Corp.
Larry Michael Davis David George Leonetti Carl W. Stenberg Lawyers Mutual Liability Ins. Co. of NC
Bernita W. Demery taylor Libby John B. Stephens Miley Gallo & Associates LLC
Shea Riggsbee Denning Alfred Robert Light Richard Stevens Progress Energy
teresa Derrick-Mills Mollie Hall Light Glen Stine Public Financial Management Inc.
John Elliot Dervin John Frank Lomax Jr. Lee A. Stone RBC Centura Banks Inc.
Lawrence Peter DiRe W. Christopher Long Sarah Lindsay tate Tharrington Smith, Attorneys At Law
Jim Donnelly Katie Renee Loovis Ronda Denise tatum
Jessica Lynn Dorrance Peter F. Lydens Faith M. Thompson
Barbara Dunn James Markham L. Steve Thornburg Foundations
Robert C. Easley Jr. Thomas Floyd Martin Anthony Ray triplett Broyhill Family Foundation Inc.
tanya Maureen Easley Linda F. McAbee Mary Frances Vigue Cannon Foundation
Albert Luther Ellis III Laurie L. Mesibov Grant Raymond Vinik Food Lion Charitable Foundation
Donald Ralph Esposito Jr. Florentine Alfreda Miller Reyna Simone Walters triangle Community Foundation
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yOU SPOKE AND WE LISTENED! Key Findings
1 Many of those interviewed indicated that they
would like more specific information on the fund-
ing needs of the School, including details on how
they can best work to meet those needs and how
previous donations have been utilized.
n A new giving brochure is now available to help
our Friends understand and appreciate the im-
Thank you for sharing your ideas portance of private and public contributions in
on the next phase of the Friends program supplementing the School’s operating funds.
This brochure is being distributed with School
publications and course materials and already
has helped to cultivate new donors. to request
your copy, contact Becky Carter at carter@sog.
In April 2007 Faith Thompson joined the School of Government as unc.edu or 919.843.2556.
assistant dean for development. From June through September, Thompson
2 Many of the School’s clients said they would
traveled around the state, meeting with clients and Friends to solicit their like to see the School of Government hold public
input for the next phase of the program. Two of the key findings of these forums around North Carolina to discuss the his-
tory, present, and future of the School and the role
conversations are presented at right, along with recommendations for the it plays in creating good government.
School’s staff, friends, local government retirees, and event sponsors. n Members of the Friends program are being
asked to initiate contact with existing forums
(civic organization meetings, professional asso-
Proposed Regions for Friends Program ciation annual gatherings, and associated busi-
ness meetings) as a venue for discussions about
33 Counties the School.
21 Counties n The School of Government is undertaking a
strategic planning process this winter that will
include focus groups; these gatherings may
present an opportunity to build awareness as
well as solicit ideas from the School’s clients
n Members of the Friends program are being
asked to refer five colleagues in their region who
are prospects for underwriting and sponsorship
20 Counties needs. Please send your recommendations to
Faith Thompson at the e-mail address below.
Thank you for sharing your input with us about
the future of the Friends program. to learn more,
Many Friends of the School commented that they would like to see the or to share other ideas on the future of the Friends
development of fewer and larger regions. This map represents proposed program, contact Faith Thompson at 919.962.8477
regions that would help to meet this goal and facilitate greater interaction or email@example.com. Also, visit us on the web
across disciplines and geographic locations. at www.sog.unc.edu/development/index.html.
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