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We hope that when you come to Carolina Law, you will have many opportunities to become acquainted with the Law Schools Writing and Learning Resources Center (WLRC), located on the top floor of the law school through the quiet study area adjacent to the main rotunda.

The following faculty and staff will work with you in the WLRC:

Craig T. Smith, Assistant Dean for the Writing and Learning Resources Center and Clinical Professor of Law

Dean Smith earned his B.A. from the College of William and Mary, his J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and his LL.M. (magna cum laude) from Universitäet Potsdam (Germany). After graduating with his LL.M., he clerked for the Honorable James G. Carr at the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Ohio. Since then Dean Smith has taught various courses at Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law; Vanderbilt University Law School; University of North Carolina School of Law; as well as short courses in Germany.

Dean Jon McClanahan, Associate Dean for Administration, Assistant Dean for Academic Excellence and Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Dean McClanahan graduated first in his class from the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the North Carolina Law Review and the student director of the Honors Writing Scholar program. Following law school, he clerked for The Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also was an officer in the North Carolina Army National Guard, serving in the Judge Advocate General's Corps. In addition to his administrative roles, McClanahan teaches Contract Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Remedies, and Professional Responsibility. His primary research interests include constitutional criminal procedure, contracts, professional ethics, and empirical legal studies.

Ms. Patty Frey, Business Services Coordinator

Patricia brings 40 years of administrative and managerial experience to her position as Business Services Coordinator of The Writing & Learning Resources Center. Patricia first joined UNC Law School in 1999 as a member of the faculty support staff and soon thereafter found her home at the WLRC. Outside the law school, Patricia is a certified life coach and yoga instructor as well as a workshop facilitator on various wellness topics.

Over the years Patricia has shared her coaching skills, yoga experience, and stress management tools with UNC Law students, faculty, and staff as well as for the Womentoring Program, H.E.E.L.S for Health, and Training and Development at the Office of Human Resources. She currently teaches a "Wellness Fridays" class for the law community. Patricia has served on the staff Lunch and Learn and Holiday Cheer committees for UNC Law and was a recipient of the Staff Recognition Award in 2008 and 2013.


The Writing and Learning Resources Center is home to two major academic programs that are central to the first-year experience:

  1. The first program is LEAP (the Legal Education Advancement Program).
  2. The second program is RRWA (Research, Reasoning, Writing, and Advocacy).

You will learn more about the WLRC (RRWA and LEAP) during Orientation and in the first weeks of school. We look forward to getting to know you better in the three years ahead, and hope that you will have many opportunities to use the many services offered in the WLRC as you grow in the study of law.

Have a great summer! We'll see you in August!

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