Visiting Professor of Practice
Gordon Widenhouse (JD '81) joined the faculty as a Visiting Professor of Practice after more than 35 years of handling appeals and post-conviction litigation, including scores of cases in which a death sentence was imposed. He frequently appeared before the Supreme Court of North Carolina, the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Widenhouse has taught as an adjunct professor at numerous other law schools including Campbell, Duke, Elon, North Carolina Central and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lectured widely at Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars. He founded the North Carolina Advocates for Justice High School Mock Trial Competition, which just celebrated its silver anniversary; served as NCAJ President; and was awarded its Charles Becton Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy Teaching. He is also a recipient of the John B. McMillan Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina State Bar.
After graduating from Davidson College and Wake Forest Law, Professor Widenhouse served as law clerk to the Honorable W. Earl Britt, United States District Court, and the Honorable James G. Exum Jr., Supreme Court of North Carolina. He and his wife, Connie (BA '76), who recently retired after 29 years as an Assistant Appellate Defender, have three children and three grandchildren.