Jo Ann Ragazzo

Clinical Professor of Law


Jo Ann Ragazzo is a Clinical Professor of Law at Duke University School of Law teaching Legal Analysis, Research and Writing, and Legal Writing in Civil Practice.

Ragazzo is a graduate of East Carolina University with a B.S. in education. She received her J.D. with honors in 1984 from the University of North Carolina, where she was a member of the Law Review. Since 1984, Ragazzo has been in private law practice as an associate and partner in Durham and Chapel Hill with an emphasis on civil dispute resolution, including jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and mediation. She has represented parties in state and federal courts in cases involving medical malpractice, personal injury law, a variety of real property disputes as well as residential and commercial construction. She has also represented children and parents in Orange County Juvenile Court, and served as guardian ad litem for minors in a variety of court proceedings.

Ragazzo is admitted to practice before all North Carolina state courts, U. S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and U. S. Supreme Court. She is a member of the N. C. State Bar and the 15-B Judicial District Bar. She is a mediator certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and an arbitrator for 15-B Judicial District.