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A er an extraordinary 40-year career at the School of Government, David Lawrence will retire in December 2009. Rare is the local official in North Carolina who has not consult- ed, read, heard about, or benefited in some way from his expertise. To thank him and celebrate his contributions to North Carolina, friends and colleagues have joined together to create the David M. Lawrence Distinguished Professorship. Lawrence joined the faculty of the Institute of Government in 1968. e young man from Oregon spent time with local officials in their offices, asking questions and learning the details of their day-to-day challenges. His aention to the problems of public officials, combined with a brilliant legal mind, has made him an indis- pensable resource for legislators, local govern- ments, and state agencies. A campaign commiee, chaired by Charloe City Aorney Mac McCarley, is working to raise $333,000 by the time Lawrence retires in December. at amount will be matched by the state with an additional $167,000 for a to- tal endowment of $500,000. Once completed, the David M. Lawrence Distinguished Profes- sorship will help the School cultivate and keep top-notch faculty who will apply their own in- telligence, creativity, and commitment in ser- vice to public officials in North Carolina. MA STeR Te ACHeR A William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of Public Law and Government since 1994, David Lawrence has excelled at teaching legal subject maer to students with lile or no prior exposure to the concepts or language of law, motivating them to do the hard work of applying difficult concepts to practical seings in their communities. ReSPeCTeD ADvISOR Lawrence has contributed substantially to the tradition of good, sound, and open govern- ment in North Carolina. His legislative consult- ing literally has changed the way governments do business in the state. Lawrence draed the original version of North Carolina's open meet- ings law and the comprehensive rewrite of general laws affecting county government, and C oates C onnection vo l . 8 No. 1 Sp r i ng / Su m m e r 2 0 0 9 Highlights in this issue 2 Message from the Dean 3 Local Government Service Corps 4 LGFCU Invests in Career Advancement 6 School of Government News & Notes 8 Financial Support Benefits Education for County Officials 10 Municipal and County Administration Course PROfeSSOR SHIP TO HONOR DAvID L AWReNCe S c h o o l o f G o v e r n m e n t , U N C - C h a p e l H i l l David Lawrence Founded by Albert Coates in 1931 as the Institute of Government, the School of Government provides educational, advisory, and research services for state and local governments. To learn more about the School, visit www.sog.unc.edu or call 919.966.5381. (continued on next page)

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