Originally from Michigan, Carolyn Murchison moved to North Carolina after obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina, where she was an editor of North Carolina Journal of International Law andCommercial Regulation, a Daniel H. Pollitt Fellow and a member of the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society. Prior to joining Tharrington Smith in 2000, Ms. Murchison was a policy analyst for the North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research, where she examined the history of the University of North Carolina system.
Over the past two decades, Ms. Murchison has cultivated a practice focused on special education. She has represented over 50 school districts scattered from the mountains to the coast on special education matters, is a popular and frequent speaker on all matters related to students and students with disabilities, and has continued to oversee the expansion of Tharrington Smith’s distinguished special education practice. Ms. Murchison is a long-standing member of the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys and previously served on its executive committee. She is a member of the National Council of School Attorneys, the Education, Labor and Employment, and Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities sections of the North Carolina Bar Association, and is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in North Carolina as well as the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is the current Board attorney for the Lenoir and Hoke County Boards of Education, a die-hard fan of the University of California, Berkeley, and a proud parent of three amazing young adults, all products of the North Carolina public schools.
Selected to Best Lawyers in America®, Education Law Section, 2022-2024
University of North Carolina School of Law
Juris Doctor, 1998 with honors
North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Editor
Awarded the Daniel H. Pollitt Fellowship
Granted membership into the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society
University of California, Berkeley
B.S. in Anthropology 1990
North Carolina State Bar, 1998
United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Wake County Bar Association, Member
10th Judicial District Bar, Member
North Carolina Bar Association Education, Labor and Employment Section, Member; Constitutional Rights and Responsibilities Section, Member
North Carolina Council of School Attorneys, Member
Tharrington Smith in 2000
North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research where her focus was on higher education in North Carolina, Policy Analyst, 1998-2000
Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands and the Commonwealth Council for Arts and Culture, Journalist
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