Full-Time Faculty

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Robert Minarcin

Assistant Professor of Law:

  • B.A. in Political Science, Temple University
  • J.D., Temple University School of Law
  • Joins us from teaching at University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law where he served as Assistant Professor
  • Scholarly Interests: Lawyering Skills; Criminal Procedure; Trial Advocacy; Client Interviewing; Negotiations

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Rosa Newman-Ruffin

Assistant Professor of Law: Rosa Newman-Ruffin – Assistant Professor of Law

  • B.A. from University of Chicago, Political Science (major)
  • MS from Barry University in Special Education
  • MS from University of Iowa School of Urban and Regional Planning
  • JD from University of Iowa College of Law
  • Joins us from teaching at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law as a Louis Westerfield Fellow
  • Scholarly interest: Property; Business Associations; Contracts; Land Use; Real Estate Transactions; Affordable Housing Development; Trusts and Estates; State and Local Government; Administrative Law

Part-Time Faculty

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Felicia L. Branch

Adjunct Faculty:

  • B.S. in Accounting from Arkansas State University
  • J.D. from University of Arkansas School of Law
  • LL.M. in Tax Law from University of Florida College of Law
  • Expertise in tax law; owns her own law firm in Durham, N.C., the Branch Tax Law Firm, and engages in a national tax practice, including tax planning for individuals and businesses, audit assistance, and Tax Court litigation. Previously served as an Assistant Professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law teaching various tax courses.

Full-Time Administrative Staff

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Alicia S. Mills

Assistant Director of Career Development:

  • B.A. in Criminology and Political Science from University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • Served as Team Lead at Tower Legal Solutions and before that as an Assistant Trial Attorney at the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office in New Mexico; prior experience working in the Career Services Office at North Carolina Central University School of Law

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Krista Contino Saumby

Associate Director of Career Development:

  • B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University
  • J.D. and Intellectual Property and Technology Certificate from University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Served as Director of Career Services and JD Advantage Placement at North Carolina Central University School of Law; previously a senior patent associate at Coats + Bennett law firm in Cary, NC, and patent examiner with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA

Office Support Staff

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Marcy Phillips

Executive Assistant in the Dean’s Office:

  • B.A. from High Point University
  • Mary has significant experience as an executive assistant, having served as the executive assistant to the Director of the Guilford City/County Insurance Advisory Committee and for senior executives at various insurance companies, including United Guaranty, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Aetna, as well as executive assistant to the CFO and Vice President for Administrative Services at Guilford Technical Community College.