Rick Glazier is the new Executive Director of the North Carolina Justice Center, a forty-five person policy and advocacy non-profit organization based in Raleigh, one of the largest and most comprehensive in the southeastern United States, focused on anti-poverty work on issues of education, immigration, health care, housing, workers’ rights, consumer law and budget and tax policy.
Previously, Rick served seven terms as a state representative from Cumberland County in the North Carolina General Assembly from 2003-2015. In the House, Rick served in various terms as Democratic freshman chairman, minority whip, co-chair of the Joint Legislative Ethics Committee for four years, co-chair of the House Education Appropriations Committee for four years, co-chair of the House Judiciary 2 Committee, co-chairman of the Elementary and Secondary Education Committee, and member of the House Education, Insurance, Banking, Rules, Emergency Preparedness, Military and Veterans Affairs, Health and Mental Health Committees. He has received numerous Legislator of the Year Awards, including receiving the North Carolina Bar Association 2012 Citizen Lawyer Award and in 2015 being awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine by Governor McCrory.
Rick is also a past member of the Cumberland County Board of Education, serving from 1996-2002 and served as chairman of that Board for two years. He later served as a member of the North Carolina Public School Forum Board of Directors and is a recognized state and national conference speaker on issues of public education finance and governance.
Rick received his law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1981 with his undergraduate degree from Penn State University in 1977. He has served as an adjunct faculty member with Campbell since 1991, teaching pre-trial civil litigation, trial and appellate advocacy and a course on legislative policy-making and ethics. He also served as a visiting professor in criminal justice at Fayetteville State University from 2006-2015, teaching undergraduate courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, juvenile law and criminal evidence. In addition, Rick previously taught courses in criminal law for Fayetteville Technical Community College and North Carolina State University.
Rick is past president of Beth Israel Synagogue in Fayetteville, past member of the UNC Center for Public Television Board of Trustees, and past Board member of the Women’s Center of Fayetteville, Fayetteville Urban Ministry, and the Child Advocacy Center. Professionally, he also served for years on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (the predecessor to the North Carolina Advocates for Justice), on the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Future of the Business Court, and as one of the Chief Justice’s appointees to the Actual Innocence Commission.