Roger Manus

Director, Senior Law Clinic
Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
Office Address:
Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
Room 302F
Mailing Address:
225 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC 27603


Roger Manus brings over 30 years of experience successfully advocating for elders and persons with disabilities on a wide range of issues. A former managing attorney and senior staff attorney with a mental disability law reform project, he served as lead attorney in successful class action litigation, including the Thomas S. lawsuit.

His prior teaching experience includes stints at the Developmental Disabilities Training Institute, as an adjunct at the law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and as a presenter of numerous continuing legal education seminars for attorneys.

Manus has been honored as a Wingspread Fellow, a Root Tilden Public Interest Law Scholar and with Distinguished Service Awards from the Community Living Association and Mental Health Association of North Carolina.

He has served as past president and public policy co-chair of Friends of Residents in Long term Care, a statewide grassroots advocacy organization. Other affiliations include consultant to Arc/NC Lifeguardianship Supports and Services (present), consultant to the Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities (past), and Director of the Domiciliary Home Advocacy Project (past).

Manus operated his own law firm for 11 years and numerous publications complement his litigation and legislative advocacy work.


  • JD, New York University, Root-Tilden Public Interest Law Scholar
  • BA (anthropology, with distinction), Wingspread Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa, Macalester College
  • Managing Attorney and Senior Staff Attorney, Carolina Legal Assistance: A Mental Disability Law Program


  • Law Office of Roger Manus
  • Developmental Disabilities Training Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Adjunct, Law School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Numerous continuing legal education programs for practicing attorneys

Awards, Recognition & Honors

  • Community Living Association, Laura Mae Pettee Distinguished Service Award
  • Mental Health Association in North Carolina, Distinguished Service Award
  • A V Rating--Martindale-Hubbell


  • President, Friends of Residents in Long-term Care, 2004
  • Public Policy Co-Chair, Friends of Residents in Long-term Care, 2000 – 2003
  • Consultant to Arc/NC LIFEguardianship Supports and Services, 1999 – present
  • Director, Domiciliary Home Advocacy Project (past)
  • Consultant, Governor's Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities (past)
  • Member, Wake County and North Carolina Bar Associations
  • Member, North Carolina Advocates for Justice


  • Nursing Home Practice in North Carolina: Successful Case Management from Investigation to Trial, co-authored with Michael Hurley, NBI, Inc., 2003
  • Three chapters on disability law in Poverty Law Manual, N.C. Legal Services Resource Center, 1991 and 1994.
  • Zoning and Ways to Overcome Community Resistance in 4:3 Community News, Fall 1988, p. 13.
  • Home Remedies: A Study of the Monitoring Processes for Protecting the Rights of Residents in Rest Homes and Family Care Homes, (editor), January 1988.
  • Rights Where You Live: Newsletter for the Domiciliary Home Advocacy Project, editor, 1987 and 1989.
  • Deinstitutionalization in North Carolina, North Carolina Insight, April 1984.
  • Limited Guardianship, Campbell Law Observer, Vol. 5, No. 2, 2-84, 1984.
  • Sterilization, North Carolina Medical Journal, 1982.
  • Incompetence and Commitment: Seldom the Twain Now Meet, Campbell Law Observer, August 1982.
  • Who Should Decide Where People Live?, North Carolina Insight, Spring 1980 (co-authored with Barbara Blake).
  • The Significance of Court Decisions: A Guide for the Lay Person, National Spokesman, Epilepsy Foundation of America, August 1979.
  • Protection and Advocacy: Region IV Newsletter, editor, 1977 - 1979