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Pamela Newell

Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 706-867-4536

Office: Hansford Hall, 339, Dahlonega
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Areas of Expertise: Law, Crime, Death Penalty, Legal Writing


Prof. Newell has been an educator for over a decade. She teaches and has taught college, law school, and paralegal courses. She coached moot court teams and mock trial teams. Further, she served as a judicial law clerk for over five years. Newell has worked for government agencies and in private practice. She has filed over 500 appellate briefs on behalf of neglected and abused in children in North Carolina alone. She has been lauded for her extraordinary analytical skills and appellate arguments. Newell is licensed in Texas and North Carolina. She is an alum of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in English. She received her juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master of laws in Law and Government from American University.

Courses Taught

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Capital Punishment, Directed Research, Workers’ Compensation, Legal Writing & Technique, Advanced Legal Writing, Judicial Opinion Writing, Legal Reasoning & Analysis, Legal Research & Persuasion, Brief Writing Seminar, Legal Letters, Business English, Business Organizations, Career Development, Bankruptcy, Contracts and Commercial Law, Document Processing for the Law Office, Employment Law, Ethics, Family Law, Intellectual Property, Law Office Technology, Legal Document Preparation, Organizational Behavior, Proofreading and Editing, Real Estate Law, The Paralegal Profession, Wills, Trusts, and Estates, and Torts


  • LL.M., Law & Government, American University, 2009
  • J.D., Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997

Research/Special Interests

Criminology, Forensic Psychology, Capital Punishment, Children and the Law, Transgender Law, and Appellate Law



  • The Journey to Excellence in Legal Writing (with Timothy Peterkin, 2010).
  • North Carolina Appellate Law: A Guide to the North Carolina Appellate Rules (2009) (Second Edition forthcoming, 2018).
  • Editor, “Judicial Opinion Writing Coursebook” (University Readers, 2009).


  • “One Small Step for Wisconsin, One Giant Leap Backwards for the Remaining Transgender Inmates.” (forthcoming, Harvard Kennedy LGBTQ Policy Journal, 2017)
  •  “Reauthorizing SCHIP: Only a Starting Point,” 33 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 109 (2010).
  • “A Historical Overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act,” 10 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 675 (2009).
  • “A Comparison of Child Advocacy Laws in Abuse and Neglect Cases in England and the United States,” 31 N.C. Cent. L. Rev. 33 (2008).


  • The Survivors’ Guide to Guardian ad Litem Appeals (2007).


  • Chapter Six, “Motions, Appeals, and Other Procedural Tools for GAL Representation” Guardian ad Litem Attorney Practice Manual (2007).

Online Lessons

  • CALI, “Grammar Online Module,” (2010).

CLE Manuscripts

  • “Organization of the N.C. State Bar” (April 2014).
  •  “Workers’ Compensation” (August 2013).
  • “The Basics of Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina” (February 2012).
  • “Court Reports” (October 2009).
  • “Appellate Advocacy at the Trial Court Level” (October 2008).
  • “What You Should Know About Appeals” (May 2008).
  • “Guide to Appeals” (October 2006).

Work Experience

Assistant Professor, University of North Georgia at Dahlonega, August 2017-Present
  • Teach Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence
  • Advise students
  • Prepare classroom lessons and activities, process student assessments

Partner, Nading & Newell Law Offices, PLLC, June 2015-Present.
Appellate Counsel/Briefing Attorney/Document Reviewer, January 2009-Present.
  • Representing clients in the legal areas of civil and criminal appeals, constitutional law, workers' compensation, social security disability, non-violent criminal defense, landlord-tenant law, personal injury, and mediation.
  • Draft all types of legal documents
  • Work with several law firms/lawyers to clean up backlogged motions or other documents
  • Can take case from notice of appeal to appellate briefing.
  • Expert with petitions for writs and all types on motions
  • Familiar with Relativity for document review for privilege, intellectual property, and confidentiality.

Assistant Professor, NCCU School of Law, July 2008-June 2014.
  • Instructed law students in required (1L to 3L) legal writing courses
  • Taught Workers’ Compensation, Capital Punishment, and Directed Research
  • Served as the Director of Distance Education
  • BLSA Moot Court Coach, BLSA Trial Team Coach, Death Penalty Project Advisor
Adjunct Professor, Various Higher Learning Schools.
Varsity Tutors, August 2016-Present, Private Tutoring in Legal Subjects, Business/English Writing
  • Peloton College, October 2014-February 2014, Paralegal Studies, Constitutional Law
  • NCCU School of Law, January 2006-May 2008, taught upper-level required legal writing course
  • Keller Business School, 2005, taught Legal, Ethical & Political Aspects of Business
  • Wake Technical Community College, September 2002-October 2007, taught Business Law, Legal Writing, Landlord & Tenant Law and Net Lessons for Teachers.

Appellate Counsel, N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts, January 2007-August 2012.
Prepared 500+ appeals on behalf of abused, neglected and dependent children as Guardian ad Litem Appellate Counsel.
  • Argued before the N.C. Court of Appeals and the N.C. Supreme Court.
  • Prepared briefs, motions, petitions and responses regarding appellate cases.
  • Advised Guardian ad Litem Attorney Advocates on trial and appellate procedure.
  • Trained GAL attorneys at CLEs and state meetings.
Judicial Clerk, North Carolina Appellate Courts, 2000-2003, 2006-2007.
  • Drafted and proofread opinions; Researched law with respect to appellate cases.
  • Read and commented on circulated opinions, including procedural issues, petitions, case law and statutory interpretation
  • Prepared bench memoranda on a variety of issues/cases.
Workers Compensation Attorney, June 2002-December 2002, February 2005-November 2005.
  • Brent Adams & Associates, 2005, Represented Plaintiffs in Workers' Compensation cases before the N.C. Industrial Commission.
  • Settled $1.2 million in mediations or direct negotiations, managed 400+ cases.
  • Experience in depositions, mediations, demand letters, case updates, hearings before deputy commissioners, as well as appeals before the Full Commission and N.C. Court of Appeals.
  • Brooks, Stevens & Pope, P.A., 2002, Worked specifically on worker’s compensation issues, including opinion letters, update letters, settlement recommendations, and defense of class-action suits.
Sp. Deputy Comm’r/Agency Legal Specialist, NC Industrial Commission, January 2004-February 2005.
  • Drafted opinions and awards, orders, and decisions.
  • Conducted telephonic hearings re: N.C. Tort Claims Act burdens of proof, researched case law regarding tort claims and workers’ compensation
  • Prepared bench memoranda for Full Commission hearings and litigation issues.
EEO Complaints Investigator, United States Postal Service, December 2003-August 2005.
  • Applied clear understanding of EEO rights, Title VII, section 1983 to postal workers.
  • Initiated and collected affidavits from postal workers who have filed formal complaints with the postal service, develop procedures to investigate claims through affidavits, employment records and other documents
  • Compiled final investigative reports and submitted to the National EEO Investigative Services Office.

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