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Norma Houston, J.D. - UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, US

Norma Houston, J.D. Norma Houston, J.D.

Lecturer in Public Law & Government | UNC-Chapel Hill


Norma Houston is a professor at the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill and an adjunct professor at the UNC School of Law





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Norma Houston joined the School of Government in 2006. Prior to that, she served as chief of staff and general counsel to State Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight. She has also worked for UNC President Erskine Bowles and served as Dare County attorney, assistant attorney general in the NC Department of Justice, and staff attorney for NC Prisoners Legal Services. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and serves on the boards of several organizations. Houston has been an adjunct faculty member at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law and also has taught state government in the School’s graduate program in public administration. She was named Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Term Lecturer for Teaching Excellence for 2015-2017. Houston earned a BS in criminal justice and psychology and a JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Industry Expertise (3)

Public Policy Legislative Office Government Administration

Areas of Expertise (18)

Hurricane Management Law Public Purchasing Property Disposal Procedures For Meetings Parliamentary Procedure Open Meetings Local Government Property Transactions Local Government Law Local Government Contracting Interlocal and Regional Cooperation Government Contracts Governing Boards (Legal and Procedural) Ethics (Training) Ethics in Goverment Emergency Management Law Elected Officials (Legal And Procedural) Conflicts of Interest (Voting) Conflicts of Interest (Government)

Accomplishments (4)

Co-Chair UNC-Chapel Hill Ethics and Integrity Working Group (professional)


General Counsel/Chief of Staff (professional)

1993-2003, 2005-2006
North Carolina State Senate

Dare County Attorney (professional)


Associate Attorney General (professional)

North Carolina Department of Justice

Education (2)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: J.D., Law

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: B.S., Criminal Justice and Psychology

Affiliations (1)

  • UNC School of Law

Courses (2)

Ethics for Local Elected Officials

This is the webpage for the yearly Live and On Demand Webinars for Ethics training for local elected city and county governing board members. These webinars satisfy the 2 clock hours of local ethics training required by state law for elected and appointed members of city councils and county boards of commissioners. This training is required to be completed within 12 months of election day and is required every time they are elected, re-elected or appointed to a local office.

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Basic Principles of Local Government Purchasing

This course is designed for new local government purchasing officials and covers basic principles and legal requirements for local government purchasing. Topics include: Competitive bidding requirements for purchasing and construction contracting Purchasing ethics and conflicts of interest Practical skills such as vendor relations, developing specifications, & bid solicitations Purchasing policies and electronic bidding Decision analysis, motivational strategies, and effective communications Local government law overview, including open meetings and public records Budgeting and fiscal control Surplus property disposal Tips for success from experienced local government purchasing professionals And More!

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