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Donna H. LeFebvre, JD , Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department , teaches law-related courses to undergraduates. She is from Myrtle Beach , S.C., and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of South Carolina , with a major in English and a minor in art history. She attended graduate school at UNC-CH in English and is a graduate of UNC Law School . She is a member of the N.C. State Bar; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Bar; and the United States Supreme Court Bar. Professor LeFebvre’s areas of academic interest and teaching are morality, ethics, and the constitutional right of privacy; legal responses to violence against women; criminal law; civil rights and the criminal justice system; and human rights and international criminal law. She is also very interested in community-based learning for students; two of her four courses are service-learning courses, and she is director of the Political Science Internship Program.
Before she began teaching at UNC-CH, Prof. LeFebvre practiced law for 7 years, specializing in civil rights and criminal post-conviction criminal cases; during part of this period, she was executive director of North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, a state-wide program providing legal representation to state prisoners. Before attending law school, Prof. LeFebvre was a social worker for the Durham County Department of Social Services, and she was a fourth grade teacher in a rural, African-American, segregated school in South Carolina. During the 1997-98 academic year, and in the summer of 1999 during the Eritrean–Ethiopian war, Prof. LeFebvre taught at the University of Asmara Law Department, in Eritrea, East Africa, teaching criminal law and procedure, Red Sea maritime law, intellectual property law, and jurisprudence. In the spring of 2003, she taught on Semester at Sea, a floating university ship that travels completely around the world, and she was the director of the UNC Honors Program in London in the fall of 2004. During the summer of 2006, Professor LeFebvre interviewed staff and attended hearings both at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Rwandan genocide court which sits in Arusha, Tanzania, and at the new International Criminal Court (ICC), in The Hague. The ICC is a permanent court charged with prosecuting cases of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
Prof. LeFebvre has been a member of many campus-wide organizations at UNC, including the Faculty Council; Executive Committee of the Faculty Council; Intellectual Climate Committee on Service and Community-Based Learning (Chair); Provost’s Intellectual Climate Implementation Committee (Co-Chair); General Curriculum Revision Committee on Outside the Classroom (Chair); and the Academy of Outstanding Teaching Scholars (Sec.-Treas.). She has also been on the advisory boards of several university organizations, including the Office of Scholarships and Intellectual Life; Carolina Center for Public Service; and the Carolina Union. She is involved in many undergraduate student activities, serving as adviser to student organizations and as Faculty Associate to the First Year Initiative Program at Ehringhaus Residence Hall, in addition to other related activities.
While in the Political Science Department at UNC-CH, Prof. LeFebvre has won 13 teaching awards, including two Tanner Undergraduate Teaching Awards, in 1996 and 2004, and three Students' Undergraduate Teaching Awards, in 1995, 2000, and 2006. She also won the UNC Bryant Public Service Award, in 2000, for “extraordinary service to the university community”; was elected to Order of the Golden Fleece, UNC’s highest and oldest honor society, for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education; and she was a Chapman Fellow at the Institute for Arts and Humanities in 2002.