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Jeff Welty - UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, US

Jeff Welty Jeff Welty

Associate Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, North Carolina Judicial College | UNC-Chapel Hill


Jeff Welty is the Director of the North Carolina Judicial College and an associate professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government.





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Jeff Welty joined the School of Government in 2008. He was named Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Assistant Professor for 2012–2014 and became the Director of the North Carolina Judicial College in 2016. Prior to arriving at the School, he completed a federal judicial clerkship, spent eight years in private practice, and served as a lecturing fellow at Duke Law School. Welty earned a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a master's degree in economics and a JD, with highest honors, from Duke University, where he was executive editor of the Duke Law Journal.

Industry Expertise (4)

Legislative Office Judiciary Education/Learning Legal Services

Areas of Expertise (10)

Criminal Law and Procedure Death Penalty Search and Seizure Evidence Digital Evidence Bail and Pretrial Release Judicial Education Police Attorneys Prosecutor Training Firearms Law

Accomplishments (4)

Director of the Judicial College (professional)


Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Assistant Professor (professional)


Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association (professional)


Executive Editor, Duke Law Journal (professional)


Education (3)

Duke University School of Law: J.D., Law

Duke University: M.A., Economics

University of California, Berkeley: B.A., Philosophy

Affiliations (3)

  • North Carolina Judicial College - Director
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • National Association of State Judicial Educators

Courses (4)

Advanced Criminal Procedure for Magistrates

A two-day Judicial College course for experienced magistrates on criminal procedure. This course will help magistrates improve their performance with basic criminal procedure tasks such as determining probable cause, selecting process, conducting initial appearances, and setting bonds.

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Practical Skills for New Prosecutors

This course, offered in conjunction with the Conference of District Attorneys, provides practical and legal training for new prosecutors through classroom lecture and practical skills exercises. The course covers topics such as prosecuting domestic violence cases; handling DWI cases; working with law enforcement officers; sentencing; DMV license revocation and points; chemical tests for alcohol; and much more. The course also includes practical skills exercises, during which participants practice introducing critical evidence. It also includes a controlled drinking exercise, which demonstrates the operation of the breathalyzer.

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Capital Case Management for Superior Court Judges

Capital cases are among the most difficult cases for judges to handle. The stakes are high and the legal issues presented in death penalty trials are often complex. Furthermore, these cases are closely scrutinized by the public, the media, and the appellate courts. This course is designed to help judges handle these cases efficiently and correctly. It will address issues such as case management, jury selection, experts and discovery, and capital sentencing hearings.

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Gun Control and the Second Amendment

In this free webinar on-demand, School of Government faculty member Jeff Welty explores the law of guns and gun control.

Topics include: The Second Amendment; the right to bear arms under North Carolina's state constitution; existing federal and state gun laws; proposed gun regulations, including the proposed federal assault weapons ban; city and county power to regulate guns; whether state law enforcement officers may or must enforce federal gun laws; the legal status of "open carry".

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Articles (3)

Digital Evidence School of Government (2015)

A new guide to the legal issues presented by the collection of digital evidence in criminal cases, this book addresses how such evidence may be obtained and the rules that govern its use in court. Although written mainly for North Carolina judges, lawyers, and officers, it may also be of use to officials in other states.

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North Carolina Capital Case Law Handbook School of Government (2013)

A research reference for North Carolina judges and lawyers who handle capital cases, this 300-page book is designed to help them understand statutes and case law affecting the trial and sentencing of defendants charged with first-degree murder when the state seeks the death penalty. Although its primary focus is the sentencing process, it also discusses selected pretrial and trial issues that commonly arise in first-degree capital murder trials.

The third edition updates and builds on previous editions and includes:

Summaries of appellate cases rendered through the end of 2012
Relevant statutory law that has also been updated
More analysis and discussion than previous versions
New chapter on the Racial Justice Act
Index of cases cited and a subject index

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Understanding North Carolina’s Proposed Constitutional Amendment Allowing Non-Jury Felony Trials School of Government (2014)

In November 2014, North Carolina voters will decide whether to amend the state constitution to allow a criminal defendant to waive his or her right to a jury trial. The proposed amendment would make a fundamental change in how criminal trials may be conducted in this state. Neither the media nor advocacy groups have given the amendment much attention, and as a result, voters may know little about it. This non-partisan, non-advocacy report provides the information voters need to make an informed decision on the proposed amendment when they go to the polls this fall.

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