Judith Welch Wegner
Burton Craige Professor of Law
UNC School of Law
Judith Welch Wegner is a long-time member of the Carolina Law faculty. Wegner served as dean of the School of Law from 1989 to 1999, after serving for eight years as a member of the faculty and for two years as associate dean. She recently completed a research leave as Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and has been principal investigator on the Foundation's major study on legal education, part of its "Program on Preparation for the Professions."
Following graduation from law school, Wegner served as law clerk to United States District Judge Warren J. Ferguson (then of the Central District of California and later of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals). Wegner then was an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel and an appellate attorney in the Lands and Natural Resources Division of the United States Department of Justice. She also was special assistant to United States Secretary of Education Shirley M. Hufstedler.
She visited at the College of Law, University of Iowa before joining the UNC-Chapel Hill law faculty in 1981. She has taught and written in the areas of legal education, land use, property law, state and local government law, and the rights of disabled persons. Wegner was president of American legal education's learned society, the Association of American Law Schools, in 1995, and also served on the national executive committee of The Order of the Coif. Wegner has served as chair of the faculty for UNC-Chapel Hill and as chair of the UNC (System) Faculty Assembly.
She earned a J.D. (Order of the Coif) from the University of California at Los Angeles (1976) and a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1972).