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Friday, September 26, 2008

Patricia Bradley hired as assistant counsel at UNCP

Patricia Corey Bradley has joined The University of North Carolina at Pembroke as assistant University counsel.

Patricia BradleyBorn in Wiesbaden, Germany but by all rights, a Washington, N.C., native, Bradley comes to UNCP from a federal agency in Washington, D.C. She received an Army ROTC commission and graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She also earned a law degree from Howard University while on active duty. She rose to the rank of Major while working with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) and retired from the U.S. Army in 2007.

Bradley has a broad range of legal experience from contracts to higher education. At UNCP, she will handle a wide variety of legal issues including public safety, civil, contract, employment and community matters.

She reports to Joshua Malcolm, University counsel and chief of staff for the Office of the Chancellor.

“Patricia is a great addition to an already great team the Chancellor has built here at the University,” Malcolm said. “The leadership challenges and legal issues Patricia dealt with while serving our country are similar to those UNCP deals with routinely, and the campus will benefit from her experiences.”

Bradley said UNCP is a perfect fit for her.

“With two young children, I was looking for stability after my Army career,” she said. “I have always been interested in higher education law, and this is a perfect opportunity for me to be near my son and daughter and to pursue my career.”

Among her stops in the military, Bradley was senior counsel and professor for the Army Logistical Management College at Ft. Lee in Virginia. She has worked and specializes in contract law, but her experience extends to areas including criminal, tax, immigration, consumer, family and estate planning.

Bradley’s first assignment in the Army was as a platoon leader, executive officer, detachment commander and support operations officer at Ft. Bragg. It was there that her career took a turn.

“I was assigned to escort the General of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps and he asked me about my career,” she said. “I planned to get out to attend law school when my four-years are up.

“He asked me if I’d heard of the Funded Legal Education Program,” Bradley said. “He offered to write me an endorsement if I remained on active duty.”

As a law student at Howard, Capt. Corey (now Bradley) finished in the top 15 percent of her class, was a member of the Law Review, worked in community service and won several awards for scholarship.

From law school, she became a prosecutor (special assistant U.S. attorney). Later, she served as chief of client services at Wiesbaden Army Airfield in Germany with six attorneys and three paralegals working for her.

“The Army gave me experience in many areas of law which will be useful in higher education,” Bradley said. “I specialized in contract law which will be valuable at UNCP.”

Bradley received an LLM (Master’s in Law) from the Judge Advocate General’s School, specializing in contracts and fiscal law, and is pending certification from the Defense Acquisition University in level one contracts. Higher education law is very diverse, she said.

“One day I may be dealing with a campus safety issue and the next real estate or employment or contracts or a community issue,” Bradley said. “This is very much like a general practice.”

At UNCP, Bradley said walking on campus is “refreshing.”

“I’m excited to be surrounded by such a diverse student population, and more importantly students who grew up in small communities like me,” she said. “It reinvigorates my belief that any student can achieve the seemingly impossible.

“It’s an exciting time to be here because of the growth of the campus,” she said. “Our staff is very helpful to me personally, and Joshua (Malcolm) will be a great mentor and supervisor because of his experience in higher education law.”

Bradley received the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Award, Global War on Terrorism Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and several scholarships including the Army ROTC Scholarship and the Funded Legal Education Scholarship where she chose to attend Howard University.

Her father, Walter M. Corey, of Washington, N.C., is a retired non-commissioned officer in the Army.

To contact the Office of the Assistant University Counsel, please call 910.521.6281 or email legal@uncp.edu.

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