Beth Tanner

Beth joined the Innocence Inquiry Commission as Associate Director in 2017. Prior to becoming Associate Director, Beth was an Assistant General Counsel with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. At NCDPS, Beth supported the Division of Adult Correction, including Prisons and Community Corrections, as well as Juvenile Justice and the Governor’s Crime Commission. Beth’s job as an Assistant General Counsel followed after several years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Public Safety Section representing NCDPS in litigation.

Before entering state practice, Beth worked at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, LLP defending complex litigation claims, primarily focusing on medical malpractice defense. Beth also practiced family law and other general civil litigation at the firm.

Beth graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Romance Languages and English. She graduated from Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law in 2008 and is admitted to practice law in North Carolina. While in law school, Beth was an intern at the Harnett County District Attorney’s office and an extern for Judge Linda Stephens at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Beth’s practice has included litigation in state and federal courts across North Carolina.