The Legal Education Department is ready to help you pursue your passion, accomplish your career goals, and make a difference in people’s lives. Our graduates work in law offices, government agencies, corporations, banks and other professional settings. Our instructional team is comprised of seasoned attorneys and we challenge students with a curriculum that balances critical thinking and practical application. Students use the latest research tools and industry specific applications to acquire the critical technical proficiencies employers demand. Our department mission is centered around actively developing legal professionals with the core job competencies necessary to successfully compete in today’s job market.
G. Loy Ehlers III, B.A, J.D.
Department Head & Lead Instructor
Loy Ehlers attended Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, from 1985-89 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. After graduating from college, he attended Widener University School of Law in the capital city of Harrisburg, PA, from 1989-92 graduating with a Juris Doctor degree. Mr. Ehlers entered active duty as a U.S. Marine Corps officer after graduation from law school. He is a graduate of both the U.S. Naval Justice School in Newport, RI, and the Army Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, VA, where he received additional training in military law, litigation, legal assistance, administrative and criminal investigations, administrative law, and the Law of War. During his military career, Mr. Ehlers’ gained experience in federal criminal litigation, administrative law & hearings, real estate, general practice, taxation, and corporate law. Mr. Ehlers ended his military career as a chief legal officer with a joint Department of Defense/Department of State organization responsible for the United States Embassies and Consulates around the world.
After leaving the Marine Corps, Ehlers was hired by Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc., a publically traded and vertically integrated manufacturing, retail and logistics company based in Virginia. Mr. Ehlers gained experience in labor law, contracts, mergers and acquisition, licensing, intellectual property, commercial transactions, bankruptcy, finance, corporate law and corporate governance. Mr. Ehlers held posts as Associate General Counsel, Retail Division General Counsel and Vice President of Licensing. Additionally, Ehlers was installed as the interim Chief Executive Officer of a strategic subsidiary company and served on the Board of Directors of several others.
Mr. Ehlers moved back to North Carolina when his wife, Melissa Ehlers, was called to active duty in support of the Marine Corps’ efforts in the Middle East. Ehlers continued his career as a consultant to his former industry and together with his wife, started a successful family business so they could remain in Eastern North Carolina after Melissa left active duty. Mr. Ehlers began teaching at Coastal Carolina Community College as an Adjunct Instructor in 2013 and was hired as the Department Head and Lead Instructor upon the retirement of the previous Department Head, Colonel Robert Switzer.
Mr. Ehlers is the advisor to the Coastal Carolina Community College Paralegal Society, a member of the college’s Diversity Support Committee, the Onslow County Pretrial Resources Board of Directors, the Cherry Point Detachment of the Marine Corps League and various other professional and civic organizations.
Melissa A. Ehlers, B.A, J.D.
Melissa Ehlers attended West Virginia University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Finance. After graduating from college, Ms. Ehlers was accepted to the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. Upon graduation as a Second Lieutenant she embarked on her legal education at Widener University School of Law in the capital city of Harrisburg, PA, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree. Ms. Ehlers is a graduate of both the U.S. Naval Justice School in Newport, RI, and the Army Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, VA, where she received additional training in military law, litigation, legal assistance, administrative and criminal investigations, administrative law, and the Law of War. During her military career, Ms. Ehlers’ gained experience in federal criminal litigation, administrative law & hearings, real estate, general practice, and taxation. After leaving active duty, Ms. Ehlers remained an active member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and returned to active duty for several years in support of our efforts in Southwest Asia.
After once again leaving active duty, Ehlers started a successful family business with her husband. Ms. Ehlers began teaching at Coastal Carolina Community College as an Adjunct Instructor in 2012 at the request of the previous Department Head, Colonel Robert Switzer.
Ms. Ehlers is a member of the Carteret County Board of Education where she serves on the technology committee and as the liaison to the Board of County Commissioners, the Cherry Point Detachment of the Marine Corps League, the Women Marines Association, a member and past President of the Crystal Coast Republican Women and a member of various other professional and civic organizations.
Ms. Beth Faleris, J.D.
Beth Faleris is a 1992 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and is licensed to practice in North Carolina, Hawaii, and South Carolina. She is also admitted to practice in the North Carolina Western District and Eastern District Federal courts. Ms. Faleris worked for several years for the Hawaii State Legislature for the House of Finance Committee, drafting fiscal legislation, including the budget for the state of Hawaii. In Onslow County, Ms. Faleris served as the vice chairman of the Onslow County Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2004 to 2008, and served as an alternate member of the Board until 2014. In addition to serving as the Town Attorney for the Town of Maysville, Ms. Faleris has a private solo practice in Jacksonville, North Carolina concentrating in real property, construction law, lien law, landlord tenant issues, municipal law, land use and zoning, contracts and corporations.
Sarah Lycans graduated from Texas A&M University in 2000 with a B.A. in Communications. Ms. Lycans then attended the University of Dayton School of Law and graduated in 2004 with her juris doctorate. While in law school, Ms. Lycans served as the president of the student ethics committee. She was licensed to practice law in the state of North Carolina in 2004, and then became a Specialist in the area of family law in 2015. Ms. Lycans is a partner in a law firm of McNamara, Lycans & Sholar in Jacksonville, North Carolina that focuses solely on family law matters in Onslow and Jones Counties.
Mr. Michael Maultsby, B.A., J.D.
Michael Maultsby graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a B.A. in Political Science in 1989. Mr. Maultsby was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society, made Dean’s List three times, and was awarded a Lyndon B. Johnson Internship in the Washington, D.C. Office of Congressman Charlie Rose. He is a 1992 graduate of the North Carolina Central University School of Law where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, participated in the Law Journal (August, 1991 – May, 1992), made the Dean’s List six times, and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Criminal Procedure. Mr. Maultsby has worked for the District Attorney’s office in the Fourth Prosecutorial District since September of 1992. He has experience as a Juvenile Prosecutor, District Court Prosecutor, Superior Court Prosecutor, Senior Assistant District Attorney and Chief Assistant District Attorney.
Mr. Jeff Taylor
Jeffrey Taylor graduated from Capital University, with a BA in Public Administration in 1981 and the University of Dayton School of Law in 1984. Mr. Taylor started his career as a public servant in West Carrollton, Ohio. Mr. Taylor was a member of the City Council, the Planning Commission and served two terms as Deputy Mayor. After graduating law school, Taylor earned a position as a judicial Law Clerk in Montgomery County, Ohio, before entering private practice in Kettering and West Carrollton. In 1995, Mr. Taylor was appointed to the bench as a Magistrate Judge in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court – Division of Domestic Relations.
Mr. Taylor has been a member of the Dayton Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics, a founding member and first president – Stanley Z. Greenberg Family Law Forum, founding member and chair – Dayton Bar Association Solo and Small Practice Committee, the Chair of the Dayton Bar Association Family Law Committee, a contributor to various Bar Briefs writing on technology issues and domestic relations, and has presented various Bar Association seminars. He is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Law Forum.
Mr. Taylor has extensive experience as a law and criminal justice instructor. Taylor has held positions as an instructor and academic advisor at Capital University and Capital University School of Law in Dayton, as an Adjunct Faculty Member with the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College, and as Instructor in the Criminal Justice Program at the Ohio Institute of Photography and Technology. Mr. Taylor joined Coastal Carolina in 2007 and has been an instructor and assistant director in the Law Enforcement Training program, and an instructor of criminal justice, business law and paralegal technology. Taylor is also an author of several educational texts and a Certified National Facilitator for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Law Enforcement Organization course.
Lorna Welch, B.A., J.D.
Lorna Welch is a true native of Eastern North Carolina, having grown up in Jacksonville and attended high school in Hampstead. She received her B.A. with Honors in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005, then earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2008. During law school, Ms. Welch served as vice-president of the Public Interest Law Organization and was the recipient of several honors, including the Frankel Fellowship for public interest, and the COL and CALI awards for exemplary grades. Ms. Welch worked during law school for both the State of Utah’s Prosecutorial Council and for a mid-size civil litigation law firm. Upon her return to Eastern North Carolina after law school, Ms. Welch opened her own general law practice before joining the Office of the District Attorney in Onslow County as a prosecutor. Following her time in the DA’s Office, Ms. Welch took a position as a staff attorney with Onslow County’s Department of Social Services, where she served as a child welfare attorney until 2015. Ms. Welch is currently an attorney in the local office of Welch & Avery, where she handles insurance defense and other civil litigation matters for the firm.