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Mark L. Hayes has handled dozens of cases on appeal while in private practice, representing appellants and appellees at the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court. The underlying subject matter of the appeals has ranged from family and criminal matters to administrative decisions.

Mr. Hayes returned to his alma mater, the University of North Carolina Law school, in the summer of 2012 to serve as a Clinical Professor/Instructor within the Judicial Externship Program. During that appointment Mr. Hayes taught a course designed to explain the structure of the judiciary and to help prepare students for their placements with various judges in North Carolina.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Hayes completed a clerkship at the North Carolina Supreme Court in the chambers of the Honorable Chief Justice Sarah Parker. During his two-year clerkship he worked on all manner of appeals, assisting the Chief Justice as she reviewed cases and wrote opinions for the Court.

Mr. Hayes graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina Law School. He won a “Best Overall” Advocate Award in an appellate law competition, and later was invited to join the Moot Court Appellate Advocacy Team, where he competed against similar teams from other law schools.

Mr. Hayes worked as a high school English teacher before entering the legal profession. He originally hails from South Carolina and calls both North and South Carolina home. When he is not working, Mr. Hayes volunteers actively with his church and has served as a deacon and teacher. He is often on the soccer fields watching his sons play, and he also enjoys camping and hiking.