John McArthur

Adjunct Professor of Law

(919) 971-1716

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy and Utilities Law


John McArthur began teaching at UNC Law as an adjunct professor in 2018. He and his colleague, Mark Griffith, teach a seminar, “State Clean Energy Policy and Renewable Project Development”. His expertise and interests focus on laws, regulations and policies designed to reduce and eliminate carbon emissions in the electric power sector. He and Mr. Griffith provide students with a practical approach to the electric power sector’s transition from fossil fuel-based generation to renewable and non-carbon emitting generation. Mr. McArthur attended The University of South Carolina School of Law where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Upon graduation, he clerked for Sam J. Ervin, III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He practiced law with Hunton & Williams in Raleigh, N.C. and served for several years as Chief Counsel in the N.C. Department of Justice. He has extensive experience in the electric power industry having served as general counsel and executive vice-president at Progress Energy.


  • Davidson College, B.A. (cum laude) 1977 University of South Carolina, J.D., 1981