WPCC Paralegal Technology Faculty
Brian Mills, Program Coordinator/Instructor
My name is Brian Mills, Esq. I am a native of Valdese, NC and a graduate of East Burke High School (1996). After high school, I enlisted in the United States Navy, where I served as a torpedoman on the ballistic missile submarine USS West Virginia, stationed in Kings Bay, GA. After being Honorably Discharged in September 2002, I came back to Burke County and attended Western Piedmont Community College for a year and a half before transferring to Lenoir-Rhyne College (It will always be College to me). I graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne summa cum laude in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History with a minor in Economics. While at Lenoir-Rhyne, I studied abroad for the Fall 2005 semester at Capital Normal University in Beijing, China, and was a three-year participant in North Carolina Student Legislature.
I attended law school at West Virginia University College of Law, in Morgantown, WV, where I graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2010. In my final year at WVU, I participated the law school’s Immigration Law Clinic and was the chapter President of The Federalist Society.
I have been a licensed attorney since 2010 and have been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar since October 2010 and a member of the North Carolina Bar since August 2012. Before becoming a full-time instructor at WPCC in 2017, I was in private practice in Burke County, first in the area of social security disability, and finally in the areas of indigent criminal defense and juvenile defense. I consider myself a criminal defense attorney by trade. I have been an instructor and the Coordinator of the Paralegal Technology Program at WPCC since August 2017, and I was an adjunct instructor in the program the year and a half prior to that. In addition to paralegal classes, I teach Business Law for the Business Administration Program and multiple classes in the Criminal Justice Program, including Constitutional Law (my favorite), Criminal Law, and Court Procedure & Evidence.
I currently reside in Valdese with my wife Brooke, who is also a licensed attorney, our two children, and a rather large dog. My main activities outside of work are spending time with my family and watching sports. I’m an avid sports fan, particularly of college basketball (Duke), pro football (Carolina Panthers), and soccer (Tottenham Hotspur). My other leisure activities include studying history, political philosophy, and constitutional law and consuming media in the comic book, fantasy, and science fiction genres. I currently serve on the Historic Burke Foundation Board of Directors and on its Executive Committee. I also have a personal and professional interest in veterans’ issues.
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