Spring 2018 Fellows

The Institute is hosting two Visiting Fellows – Dr. June Atkinson and Justice Robert Orr – for the Spring 2018 semester. You can view Dr. Atkinson's seminar schedule here and Justice Orr's seminar schedule here


Dr. June Atkinson's Seminar: Every Monday from 6:00 - 7:15pm in Graham Memorial 035

Dr. June Atkinson's Office Hours: Every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00pm and 7:15 - 8:15pm in Graham Memorial 011

Justice Robert Orr's Seminar: Every Thursday from 6:00-7:15pm in Graham Memorial 035

Justice Robert Orr's Office Hours: Every Thursday from 4:00 - 6:00pm and 7:15 - 8:15pm in Graham Memorial 011


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Dr. June Atkinson

Dr. June St. Clair Atkinson was elected North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2004 and is the first woman to be elected to the post. She served as State Superintendent until 2016. She has more than 35 years of experience in education and has been involved in instruction and curriculum development throughout her career.

Before serving as State Superintendent, Atkinson worked to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) as a chief consultant and director in the areas of business education, career and technical education, and instructional services.

Atkinson grew up in rural Bedford County, Virginia, where she attended public schools.  She received a B.S. in Business Education from Redford University, a M.S. in Vocation and Technical Education from Virginia Tech, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from North Carolina State University.  After graduating from Redford, Dr. Atkinson taught high school in Roanoke, Virginia and in Charlotte.


Justice Robert F. Orr

Robert F. "Bob" Orr is a former Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and Judge on the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Orr was born in Norfolk, Virginia and spent his childhood in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1971.

Orr returned to UNC-Chapel Hill to earn his law degree and then entered private law practice in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1986, Orr was appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and was elected in 1988 and re-elected in 1992.  In 1994 he was elected to the Supreme Court and re-elected in 2002.  After retiring from the Supreme Court in 2004 he was executive director of the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law.  He has been involved in a number of civic activities and currently serves on the boards of the Clemson Institute for Parks, the Conservation Trust of North Carolina and GoGlobal-NC.

Orr is also an adjunct faculty member at UNC School of Law teaching a class on the North Carolina Constitution and continues to practice law focusing on appellate work, state constitutional issues and representing college athletes.