Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Civil Justice Clinic
Charles Holton serves as director of Duke Law School's Civil Justice Clinic in which he teaches a seminar and mentors students in basic civil litigation skills and oversees their handling of actual cases for clients who are not able to obtain adequate representation in the civil justice system, collaborating closely with lawyers from Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC). A litigator and partner with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in Research Triangle Park, Holton also teaches Arbitration: Law and Practice and coaches the Law School's Vis Moot team which competes each year in an international arbitration competition in Vienna, Austria.
Established in 2014, the Civil Justice Clinic is operated in partnership with LANC, where Holton is a former chair of the board of directors and a longstanding member of the local advisory committee for LANC's Durham office. He was named Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for 2013 by the North Carolina Bar Association, and he received the 2012 Pro Bono Award from the national Legal Services Corporation. He is president of the non-profit Caris Foundation, which provides education, housing, and health services in Honduras and Durham. In December 2015 Holton was appointed by N.C. Chief Justice Mark Martin to a three-year term on the N.C. Equal Access to Justice Commission.
Holton is past chair of the Construction Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and is a member of the Craven-Everett Inn of Court. He also serves as an arbitrator on the National Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and is the co-author of two publications: "Carolina Construction Law" and "Practical Legal Ethics in North Carolina," as well as various articles and seminar materials.
In private practice, Holton specializes in products liability, construction, unfair trade practices, and professional negligence defense. He has handled numerous matters in state and federal courts of North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, New York, and New Jersey. He regularly litigates cases in private arbitration and serves as an arbitrator for a variety of disputes.
Holton graduated with a B.A, summa cum laude, from Abilene Christian University, and received his J.D, with distinction, from Duke Law School in 1973.