Office of the General Counsel


John P. Scherer II serves as General Counsel at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Mr. Scherer, a former Major in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, served in various active duty (1992-96) and reserve positions. From 1996 until 1999, Mr. Scherer litigated employment and civil rights cases as Assistant General Counsel for the Defense Commissary Agency. From 1999-2010, Mr. Scherer, as an Assistant Attorney General in the North Carolina Department of Justice, initially defended the North Carolina Department of Correction. He transitioned to defending the University of North Carolina and its constituent institutions in complex litigation, i.e.,Title VII, ADEA, ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, contract, civil rights, other federal law, general employment, as well as regulatory, administrative and state and federal constitutional law in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Mr. Scherer's subspecialties include employment law, civil rights law, constitutional law, and issues in human relations and student affairs. Mr. Scherer graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Davidson College in 1989 with a B.A. (History with Honors), and law school from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (J.D. 1992). He is a native of West Virginia and a member of the North Carolina Bar.

Contact at (910) 962-4027.

Julia Wicker Lee serves as Associate General Counsel.

Contact at (910) 962-2130;

James T. Koebel serves as Associate General Counsel. Prior to joining UNCW in 2015, Jim worked as Assistant General Counsel at a public university in Maryland. During law school, he was a law clerk for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) for one and a half years, Note & Comment Editor of the Law Review, and Vice Chancellor of the Moot Court Executive Board. He has been published in the Journal of College & University Law, Catholic University Law Review, Pace Law Review, Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Maryland Bar Bulletin, NACUANOTES service, and Timothy McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. Jim received a J.D., cum laude, from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, and a B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He is a member of the bar in North Carolina, Virginia (inactive), and Maryland (inactive).

Contact at (910) 962-7886; (Compliance Program questions should be directed to Mr. Koebel.)

Steven W. Miller serves as Assistant General Counsel. Before arriving at UNCW in 2005, he was working in the Unemployment Insurance Benefits section of the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina for three and a half years. Prior employment has included eight years of private legal practice in California and one year as an NCAA Compliance Officer at Northwestern State University in Louisiana. He received an M.S. in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a J.D. from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Iowa State University.

Contact at (910) 962-7238;


Mailing Address:
Office of the General Counsel
207 Alderman Hall
601 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403-5662


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