Dean and Professor of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law (Durham, North Carolina)
Phyliss Craig-Taylor is Dean of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law. Prior to becoming Dean, Craig-Taylor served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and a Professor of Law at the Charlotte School of Law. Craig-Taylor has taught courses in Property, Real Estate Finance, Advanced Issues in Property, Land Use, Women and the Law, Land Loss, and Professional Responsibility. Craig-Taylor has been a faculty member at the University of Florida and North Carolina Central University as well as visiting scholar at the University of Warsaw Center for American Law.
Craig-Taylor is a member of the Council for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. She has held numerous other leadership positions with the ABA including Division Director and a member of the Civil Trial Practice Task Force. Currently she serves as a member of the Heirs Property Retention Coalition, and formerly served as the ABA Advisor to the Drafting Committee on Partition of Tenancy-in-Common Real Property Act for the Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (formerly National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws), and as a member of the Judicial Partition of Tenancy in Common Property Study Commission for the North Carolina State Legislature and she serves on the Ethics Advisory Committee Member of the North Carolina State Bar. Craig-Taylor also serves on multiple community boards.
Craig-Taylor received her Green Belt certification in Six Sigma process management from Vanderbilt University. Under her leadership a support program was created that focused on study skills, reading comprehension, time management, examination preparation and a successful bar preparation program.
Craig-Taylor has published numerous articles on land loss in the African-American community and discrimination in the application of laws for minority groups, including women. She is currently writing a book on the subject of land loss.
A graduate of the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, where she completed both her undergraduate degree and law degree, she later served as a partner in the law firm of England & Bivens and as a judicial clerk for the Alabama Supreme Court. She later earned a Master of Laws degree at Columbia University.
Dean Craig-Taylor earned her bachelor of arts and juris doctor from the University of Alabama, and went on to receive her LL.M. from Columbia University.