Professor Pettys joined the faculty in 1999. Before coming to the College, he served as a law clerk for Judge Francis Murnaghan, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He then entered private practice, working for three years in the general litigation department of Perkins Coie, LLP, in Seattle, Washington. Before attending the University of North Carolina School of Law, he served as assistant director of the Capital Campaign for the Arts & Sciences at Duke University.
Professor Pettys' courses include evidence, constitutional law, and federal courts.
"Free Expression, In-Group Bias, and the Court's Conservatives: A Critique of the Epstein-Parker-Segal Study," 63 Buffalo Law Review 1 (2015)
"Campaign Finance, Federalism, and the Case of the Long-Armed Donor," 81 University of Chicago Law Review Dialogue 77 (2014)
"Doubting Abood, Finding Religion at Hobby Lobby, and More: Civil Cases in the Supreme Court's 2013-14 Term," 50 Court Review 112 (2014)
"Remembering Randy Bezanson," 99 Iowa Law Review 1461 (2014)
BA, Seattle Pacific University, 1988
JD, University of North Carolina School of Law, 1995