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Chief Judge Julian Mann III (Ret.), J.D.
Chief Administrative Law Judge of North Carolina & Director of the Office of Administrative HearingsSenior Lecturing Fellow

Chief Judge Julian Mann III (Ret.), J.D.


Chief Judge Julian Mann is retired as North Carolina’s chief administrative law judge and director of the office of administrative hearings after completing his eighth term under appointment of Chief Justice Mark Martin (Ret.) of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. From 1989-2017, Mann was appointed to consecutive four-year terms by the following chief justices of North Carolina: James G. Exum Jr., Burley B. Mitchell Jr., I. Beverly Lake Jr., and Sarah Parker. He is the longest-serving chief administrative law judge in North Carolina history. Upon his retirement in June 2021, North Carolina Chief Justice Paul Newby awarded Mann the Amicus Curiae Award, which is the North Carolina Supreme Court’s highest recognition.

From 1974 to 1989, Mann engaged in the private practice of law, concentrating in administrative law litigation and serving as private legal counsel to the North Carolina Board of Architecture and the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. From 1978-2009, he served as adjunct faculty at North Carolina State University, teaching courses in administrative law, business law, regulatory law, and architectural law. He was the 1999 president of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary (NAALJ), the 2015 chair of the ABA’s National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary (NCALJ), and the current 2021 Judicial Division’s nominee to serve as vice chair of the ABA Judicial Division. He recently served as vice president at-large of the North Carolina Bar Association and chair of its endowment committee.

Mann has authored numerous articles and is a frequent CLE presenter, primarily in the fields of special education and administrative law. In 2021, Rushmore Press published Madam Vice President, which received the May 2021 Literary Titan Five Star award. This book is one of political intrigue that addresses the serious consequences that may arise under the 25th amendment. He received his B.S. from the University of North Carolina, MPA from North Carolina State University, and J.D. from Samford University where he received the distinguished alumnus award in 2017. In 2021, Mann completed the requirements for certification in the category of public leadership, awarded by the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education.