Jane R. Wettach

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Children's Law Clinic


Jane Wettach directs the Children’s Law Clinic and teaches Education Law at Duke Law School.  She is a frequent speaker on issues involving the educational rights of children, especially children with disabilities.  She was honored by the honored by the North Carolina Justice Center with its 2010 “Defender of Justice Award” in the area of litigation.

Wettach joined the Duke Law faculty in 1994 after practicing poverty law for 13 years with legal aid offices in Raleigh and Winston-Salem, N.C., developing particular expertise in the law of government benefits.  She has argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and the North Carolina Supreme Court, as well as other appellate courts. Prior to establishing the Children’s Law Clinic in 2002, she served as supervising attorney in Duke’s AIDS Legal Project and as an instructor in the Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Program.

Wettach is the author of The Advocate's Guide to Assistance Programs in North Carolina, co-author of A Consumer's Guide to Heath Insurance and Health Programs in North Carolina, and a contributing author to Special Education Advocacy (LexisNexis, 2011).

Wettach received her BA in 1976 and her JD in 1981 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.