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Thomas Kelley III, JD

Professor of Law and Director of Clinical Programs


Thomas Kelley is the faculty supervisor for the Community Development Law Clinic. In that capacity, he works with third-year law students who provide legal counsel to community based nonprofit organizations across North Carolina. Kelley also teaches and writes on the law of nonprofit organizations and on international law and development. His nonprofit law scholarship focuses on the emerging 4th sector: hybrid for-profit/nonprofit organizations that are changing the face of American charity and philanthropy. His international work focuses on emerging legal systems in Africa, an interest that grew out of his service as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Niger.


Phone: 919.843.9909



J.D., Northeastern University, 1991

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