Dr. James L. Hunt

Professor of Law and Business


  • LLM, Harvard Law School, 1993
  • PhD, History, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1990
  • JD with Honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Law School, 1988
  • MA, History, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1982
  • BA, History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1981

Professor Hunt grew up in North Carolina and graduated from high school in Greenville. After law school, he worked as a clerk for Judge Robert F. Chapman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and then practiced corporate law with the firm Hunton & Williams (now Hunton Andrews Kurth) for five years. He began teaching in the law school at Mercer in 1995 and has been teaching at Mercer’s business and law schools since 1998. Professor Hunt was a Fulbright Scholar in Law in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 2005-2006, where he was affiliated with National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. At Mercer he has been a tenured professor since 2003, Professor of Law and Business since 2009, and associate dean for Macon graduate business programs since 2016. His publications include two books, Marion Butler and American Populism (2003) and Relationship Banker: Eugene W.Stetson, Wall Street, and American Business, 1916-1959 (2009). His primary research interests are legal history, business history, and political history.


  • Attorney-at-Law, North Carolina State Bar (since 1988)

Courses Taught


Mercer University Law School (1995 – Present)

  • Introduction to Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Contracts
  • Contract Drafting
  • Civil Procedure
  • Independent Study (including as advisor for published Mercer Law Review Notes/Comments)
  • Business Associations
  • Summary Judgment Practice
  • American Legal History
  • American Legal History Seminar
  • Legal Writing I
  • Legal Writing II
  • Legal Analysis

Mercer University School of Business (1998 – Present)

  • Legal Environment of Business (MBA)
  • Business Ethics (MBA)
  • MBA Study Abroad
  • MBA Business Internship

National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kiev, Ukraine (As Fulbright Scholar in Law, 2005-2006)

  • Law and Economics (M.A. in Economics Program)
  • Legal Analysis (Master’s in Law Program, Law School)
  • Global Economic History (M.A. in Economics Program)

Law School Study Abroad Program, Nankai University, Tianjin, China (Summer 2012)

  • Comparative Legal History – U.S. and Chinese Experiences (for U.S. law students)


Mercer University College of Liberal Arts

  • First Year Seminar
  • Honors Course: Great Presidential Elections
  • Freshman Seminar (Understanding Self and Others – Law and Justice)

Mercer University School of Business and Economics

  • Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Environment of Business I
  • Legal, Ethical, and Regulatory Environment of Business II
  • Employment Law
  • American Business History
  • Freshman Business Experience
  • Mediation for Student Leaders

University of Wisconsin – Madison (Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of History: 1983-1985)

  • U.S. History, 1492-1865
  • U.S. History, 1914-1945
  • U.S. Military History


  • Business Law
  • Legal History
  • Business History

Memberships/Leadership Positions

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina State Bar
  • Member, Georgia Legal History Foundation
  • Member, Academy of Legal Studies in Business

Recent Publications

  • James L. Hunt, Review of Jonathan Lurie, The Chief Justiceship of William Howard Taft, 1921-1930 (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2019), in the Journal of American History, 107 (September 2020), 521-522.
  • James L. Hunt, “Creating North Carolina Populism, 1900-1960, Part I: The Progressive Era Project, 1900-1930,” North Carolina Historical Review, XCVII (April 2020), 168-199; “Creating North Carolina Populism, 1900-1960, Part II: The Progressive Era Legacy, 1930-1960,” North Carolina Historical Review, XCVII (July 2020), 305-336.
  • James L. Hunt, Review of Peter Graham Fish, Federal Justice in the Mid-Atlantic South: United States Courts from Maryland to the Carolinas, 1836-1861 (Durham: Carolina Academic Press, 2015), in the North Carolina Historical Review, XCIII (April 2016), 222-223.
  • James L. Hunt, “The Constitution, Desegregation, and Public Opinion: Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education,” North Carolina Central Law Review, 37 (2014-2015), 129-182.
  • James L. Hunt, “Integrating State (Georgia) and National Legal History,” in William E. Butler (ed.), Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives (London: Wildy, Simmons and Hill, 2014), 125-129.
  • James L. Hunt, Review of Brooke Speer Orr, The ‘People’s Joan of Arc’: Mary Elizabeth Lease, Gendered Politics, and Populist Party Politics in Gilded-Age America (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2014), in Neue Politische Literatur, 59 (No. 3, 2014), 474-475.
  • James L. Hunt, Review of Kate Sayen Kirkland, Captain James A. Baker of Houston, 1857-1941 (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2012), in the Journal of Southern History, 80 (May 2014), 504-505.
  • James L. Hunt, Review of Michael Perman, The Southern Political Tradition (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012), in the North Carolina Historical Review, XC (January 2013), 120-121.
  • James L. Hunt, Review of Gerard N. Magliocca, The Tragedy of William Jennings Bryan: Constitutional Law and the Politics of Backlash (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011), in the Journal of American History, 98 (March 2012), 1175-1176.
  • Walter W. Austin, Linda L. Brennan, and James L. Hunt, “Legal Truth and Consequences for a Failed ERP Implementation,” Journal of Cases on Information Technology, 13 (Issue 1, 2011), 37-56.
  • James L. Hunt, Review of Troy Rondinone, The Great Industrial War: Framing Class Conflict in the Media, 1865-1950 (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2010), in The Historian, 73 (Fall 2011), 579-580.
  • James L. Hunt, Relationship Banker: Eugene W. Stetson, Wall Street, and American Business, 1916-1959 (Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2009).
  • James L. Hunt, Review of Anna R. Hayes, Without Precedent: The Life of Susie Marshall Sharp (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008), in the North Carolina Historical Review, LXXXIV (October 2009), 447-449.
  • James L. Hunt, Review of James M. Beeby, Revolt of the Tar Heels: The North Carolina Populist Movement, 1890-1901 Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008), in the American Historical Review, 114 (June 2009), 774-775.


  • Georgia Advisory Committee, United States Commission on Civil Rights (2020-2024)
  • Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow, Institute for Higher Education, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (2015-2016)
  • Mercer University Provost’s Recognition as Exemplary Faculty Member in Research, Service, and Teaching (2013-2014)
  • Georgia Author of the Year Award (Biography), Georgia Writers Association (2010)
  • Fulbright Scholar in Law (Ukraine, 2005-2006)

Contact Dr. Hunt


1501 Mercer University Drive
Macon, GA 31207
Stetson Hatcher School of Business, Room 231