John Orth

John Orth

William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor of Law Emeritus, UNC School of Law

John V. Orth joined the Carolina Law faculty in 1978 and serves as the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Professor of Law. He teaches first-year Property, Trusts & Estates, and Legal History. Orth is the author of six books, three of them published by Oxford University Press, and ninety articles and book chapters. His writings cover a wide array of topics including labor law, constitutional law (both federal and state), legal history, wills and trusts, and basic property law. His works have been cited by federal and state courts, including the United States Supreme Court and the North Carolina Supreme Court. He has extensive contacts with Australian law professors and has published several articles comparing American and Australian law.

Orth has a law degree from the Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. After completing his studies, he clerked for Judge John Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3d Circuit. While teaching, he has maintained contact with the practice of law by consulting on questions concerning property, constitutional law, and wills and trusts.


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