Prof Michael L. Weisel


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Michael Weisel teaches a two-semester United States constitutional law course exploring legal precedents from their origin through current Supreme Court rulings within a larger historical context.

Mr. Weisel is a Ph.D. candidate in Business History at Duke University and co-founder of H-NC Network. His dissertation explores how the steel industry and U.S. Navy forged new relationships through networks, lobbying, and negotiations during the end of the 19th Century.

Prior to academia, Michael Weisel was a portfolio manager and pension fund advisor managing over $1.25 billion in assets (during ancient times when a billion dollars was meaningful) with Wells Fargo and Kemper Financial for nearly 20 years.

Currently, managing partner of the Capital Law Group, Mr. Weisel concentrates his legal practice in campaign finance law and independent expenditure entities, corporate and real estate finance and government affairs. He serves on numerous corporate and civic boards as well as being active in national and statewide politics.

This Reddit post by a former student describes the courses nicely:

“I finished a minor in History in 2013 (CSC major). Dr. Weisel is a practicing attorney who teaches HI 443 / HI 444, which are a pair of classes on US Constitutional law (one is offered each semester, you can take them in either order). These were my favorite two courses that I took at NCSU (of any discipline) -- both relatively small (around 15-20 students), and almost entirely comprised of upper level history majors and graduate students (I was one of the only nonmajors, and maybe the only engineer that took the course those semesters, if memory serves). He's very passionate about the material, and very engaging in class -- and the structure of the class sessions (3 hours 1 night per week) lends itself well to engaging with the material and with the other students via discussions. If the subject sounds interesting to you, I completely recommend it. There is a lot of reading involved and you have to take the class seriously in order to do well, but it's pretty great.”

Extension and Community Engagement

  • North Carolina Railroad Company – Board Member and Corporate Secretary (Chair, Audit Committee; Vice Chair, Real Estate Committee), 1999 – 2004; 2017 - Present
  • North Carolina Board of Community Colleges – Member, governing body of NC Community College System, 1997 – 2000 (Vice Chair, Finance and Audit Committee)
  • Foreign Trade Zone #93, Served as Chair and Vice Chair, supervising all foreign trade activity within the Raleigh/Durham zone, 1997 – Present
  • Wake County Smart Start, Inc. (non-profit), Chair, 2006 – 2008 and former Treasurer (Chair, Audit Committee), responsible for allocation and distribution of over $18 million annually for North Carolina’s nationally recognized early childhood education, health, and family support program, 1997 – 2008
  • National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) – Certified Arbitrator and Chairman for public or industry securities arbitration and dispute resolution, 1998 – Present
  • United States Selective Service System, Local Board Member – North Carolina, Appointed on behalf of the President, 2003 – 2023
  • North Carolina Legislative Financial Institutions Committee – Member, charged with recommending state financial statutory changes, 1998 – 1999
  • North Carolina State Banking Commission – Member, provided regulatory oversight of all NC banks, 1993 – 1997
  • North Carolina Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement Systems – Trustee, oversight of the State’s $62 billion pension funds, 1993 – 1995
  • North Carolina Local Government Employees’ Retirement System – Trustee, oversight of the State’s $62 billion pension funds, 1993 – 1995
  • Legislative School Capital Construction Study Commission, resulting in North Carolina’s successful $1.8 billion new school construction bond issuance, 1993 – 1995