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Top 10 Changes to the AIA A201: What You Need to Know

By Melissa Brumback In 2017, as it does every ten years, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) updated most of its standard form contract documents, including the A201 General Conditions.   This cycle, the contract changes are evolutionary in nature, not revolutionary.  Even so, it is crucial to know the changes to avoid making a fatal […]


Add Your Two Cents: The Ethics Of Serving Clients Who Use Coins and Digital Assets

An ethics inquiry regarding Digital Assets and Blockchain Businesses is currently being circulated for comment. Click here to read the inquiry: Coins and Digital Assets Ethics Request to NC Bar (June 2018). If you would like to provide a comment, please follow up directly with the State Bar as indicated below. The Ethics Committee is tentatively scheduled […]

Sustainers Give More Because They Understand the NCBA’s True Value

By Brandon Robinson Each year, the NCBA recognizes Sustainers, members who voluntarily pay twice the amount of their requisite membership dues. These funds support the NCBA’s mission of public service and strengthen the community of lawyers and jurists who are its core supporters. Sustainers have been around since at least 1994. Until now, it has […]

Forget To Identify an Issue? No Problem!

By Tara Muller Question: When a brief writer is drafting Contentions or a Full Commission brief and identifies a compelling argument about an issue which was never raised, what can she do? Answer: Argue it anyway! Thanks to the North Carolina Court of Appeals in Haulcy v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber (June 5, 2018), parties who fail […]

Administrative Law Section Honors Nichols

By Brad Williams Jack Nichols, director and attorney at Nichols, Choi & Lee, PLLC in Raleigh, N.C., is the 2018 recipient of the Administrative Law Award for Excellence, an annual award given by the Administrative Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Nichols received the Administrative Law Award for Excellence on Friday, April 20, […]

Recent Guidance On the ‘State Supervision’ Requirement

By Frank Trainor Ever since the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. FTC, 1235 S. Ct. 1101 (2015), occupational licensing boards have struggled to discern what constitutes adequate “state supervision” over their activities in order to retain state action immunity.  The Supreme Court did not […]

Recent Court Opinions

By Joseph S. Murray IV Thank you to everyone who has submitted posts during the past several weeks. Here are some of the latest opinions from the 4th Circuit and North Carolina appellate courts: Weckesser v. Knight Enterprises S.E., LLC, No. 17-1247 (4th Cir. June 12, 2018) (unpublished): What’s in a name? When it’s a […]

Thoughts After Kiawah

By Keith Wood It was great seeing many of you over the Memorial Day weekend at the Tax Section Annual Workshop in Kiawah.  I am pleased to say that we are making arrangements to be back at Kiawah next Memorial Day for the 2019 Tax Section Workshop. I wanted to give out a special thank […]


White House ‘Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices’: Large Aspirations, Little Detail

By Stephanie Trunk and Erin Atkins This article first appeared on the Arent Fox LLP Health Care Counsel blog.  Following delays and much build up, the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have released their plan to address rising pharmaceutical prices and out-of-pocket costs directly impacting patients.  The plan is known as the […]