Kris has devoted his entire career to supporting public education. He has experience representing K-12 boards of education in a wide-variety of legal matters, including personnel investigations, employment disputes, bond forfeiture issues, special education litigation and appeals to state and federal courts.
During the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years Kris served as the Higher Education Legal Fellow at UNC-Charlotte. As a Legal Fellow, Kris worked directly with UNC-Charlotte’s Office of Legal Affairs advising University clients in contract and risk management issues, Title IX compliance, and Title VII litigation. During his fellowship Kris also served as an adjunct professor in Conflict Resolution and Mediation.
Kris graduated from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Prior to law school, Kris was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and served as a high school social studies teacher in Wake County Schools. He received his Juris Doctor from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a member of the Client Counseling team, an extern for the Education Section of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office and Executive Editor of the First Amendment Law Review.
Kris grew up in Rowan County and when he is not helping clients, he enjoys spending time with his fiancé, running the hills of Western North Carolina, public speaking and creative writing.
- 28th Judicial District Bar
- North Carolina State Bar
- North Carolina Bar Association, Education Section (Secretary, 2019-2020)
- North Carolina Council of School Attorneys
- North Carolina and National School Boards Association
- North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees (Vice-President, 2019-2020)
- The Top Special Education Legal Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them), NBI Special Education Seminar (November 1, 2019)
- Coverage Denied! Reporting Notice of a Claim to the College’s Insurance Carrier, NCACCT Conference (August 22, 2019)
- Barking up the Right Tree: Navigating Accommodation Requests for Animals on College Campuses, UNC-Charlotte Legal Symposium (Oct. 16, 2018)
- Education Law and the Courts, Guest Lecture, Introduction to Courts, UNC-Charlotte (Sept. 2018)
- Co-presenter, A Legal Lens on Cameras (and other Police Records) (April 2018)
- Co-presenter, Crisis Management and Communication: A Balancing Act, Staff Training at UNC-Charlotte (April 2018)
- Understanding the North Carolina Public Record Act, UNC-Charlotte New Employee Orientation (Spring 2018)
- FERPA Basics: Student Education Records at UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Charlotte New Employee Orientation (Spring 2018)
- Federal Regulations and Institutional Policy Governing Conflicts of Interest, Guest Lecture, Responsible Conduct in Research (Mar. 2018)
- The Anatomy of a Research Misconduct Case, Guest Lecture, Responsible Conduct in Research (Feb. 2018)
- Jeffrey J. Nolan, Samantha Sears, and Kristopher L. Caudle, Emotional Support Animals in Higher Education: Challenging Scenarios and Proposed Solutions, NACUA Note, (2019)
- Unpacking the Every Student Succeeds Act: 10 Things Every Education Lawyer Should Know, North Carolina Bar Association, Education Section Newsletter (2016).
- True Choice or a “Hobson’s Choice?:” Re-thinking Zelman v. Simmons-Harris in the North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program, 13 First Amend. L. Rev. 101 (2015).
- Unanswered Prayers: Lund v. Rowan County and the Permissiveness of Sectarian Prayer in Municipalities, 12First Amend. L. Rev. 625 (2014).