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Attorney and Research Associate
UNC School of Government
Jeffrey Austin is an attorney in Durham, focusing his practice on elder law and estate planning. He also serves as an attorney guardian ad litem through the Durham Public Defender and appointed counsel in child support enforcement proceedings. At the School of Government, he has helped create an online index of confidentiality obligations related to social services information and maintains C-CAT by updating it according to new developments in the law. He spent three years promoting legal reform in rural West Africa and continues to maintain the web site and summer internship program of the Justice and Peace Commission of Liberia. He earned a BA with honors from Brown University and JD from Georgia State University College of Law.
Office of Indigent Defense Services
North Carolina Court System
Whitney Fairbanks joined the Office of Indigent Defense Services in 2016, having worked previously as assistant legal counsel in the Legal and Legislative Services division of the Administrative Office of the Courts. Her areas of expertise include criminal, motor vehicle, and juvenile law. Before joining the AOC, Fairbanks was with the School of Government where she worked with the Indigent Defense Education group as the Civil Defender Educator. She has also worked as an assistant public defender in Durham County and in private practice in both Raleigh and Greenville. Fairbanks earned a BA from the University of Tennessee and a JD with honors from Gonzaga University in Spokane. While at the School, she was responsible for launching and managing C-CAT and continues to consult on its implementation.
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Daryl Atkinson is a staff attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and a founding member of the North Carolina Second Chance Alliance. Mr. Atkinson received a BA in Political Science from Benedict College, Columbia, SC and a JD from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis, MN. He is a member of both the Minnesota and North Carolina Bars. Since moving to North Carolina in 2007, Mr. Atkinson has been active in both the prisoner reentry and legal service communities. He served on a subcommittee of Governor Beverly Perdue’s Task Force to Stop Repeat Offenders and has led continuing legal education sessions for criminal defense attorneys on how to address the reentry issues of their clients. He has also worked with municipalities to adopt “Ban the Box” policies. Mr. Atkinson was responsible for launching and managing C-CAT and continues to consult on its implementation.
Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government
UNC School of Government
John Rubin joined the School of Government in 1991. He previously practiced law for nine years in Washington, DC and Los Angeles. At the School, he specializes in criminal law and indigent defense education. He has written several articles and books on criminal law; teaches and consults with judges, prosecutors, public defenders, and other officials in the criminal justice system; and manages the School’s indigent defense education program. He is a frequent consultant to the Office of Indigent Defense Services, which is responsible for overseeing and enhancing legal representation for indigent defendants and others entitled to counsel under North Carolina law. In 2008, he was awarded a two-year distinguished professorship for faculty excellence. In 2012, he was named Albert Coates Professor of Public Law and Government. Rubin earned a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.