Carolyn McAllaster is the founder and director of the AIDS/HIV and Cancer Legal Project and a Clinical Professor of Law at the Duke University School of Law. She supervises students in the AIDS/HIV and Cancer clinic and teaches a course on AIDS and the law.
McAllaster received her BA in German from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1972, and her JD from the UNC Law School in 1976. She began her practice of law in Durham with a litigation firm, and thereafter opened her own practice where she handled a variety of complex litigation in the state and federal courts. While continuing her private practice McAllaster served as an administrative hearing officer for the North Carolina Department of Human Resources from 1981-87. She undertook service as a state court arbitrator in the Fourteenth Judicial District beginning in 1987, and still continues that responsibility. McAllaster joined the Duke Law School faculty in 1988, where she has taught pretrial and trial practice and a child advocacy clinic, as well as the courses she currently teaches. She has also taught trial practice for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), and as an adjunct member of the faculty at UNC and other law schools. McAllaster is admitted to practice in the state courts of North Carolina, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina, and in the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
McAllaster was a founder and first president of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and is also a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. She was appointed by the governor to serve on the North Carolina AIDS Advisory Council in 1996.
McAllaster is the author of two books, North Carolina Litigation Forms and Analysis(3 vols., Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1995), and The Law and the Mentally Handicapped in North Carolina, (co-author) (N. C. Institute of Government, 1976 edition), as well as several articles or chapters in books, including "Legal Issues for HIV-Infected Children" in Handbook of Pediatric HIV Care, published by Cambridge University Press in 2006, "Legal Issues for HIV-Infected Children," in Textbook of Pediatric HIV Care, published by Cambridge University Press in 2005 and co-author of "Issues in Family Law for People with HIV" in AIDS and the Law Fourth Edition, published by Aspen Publishers. She is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education programs for attorneys and workshops for non-attorneys in the following areas: AIDS law issues, litigation skills, child advocacy, and women and the law.