Entries by NCBA Blogger

The Dark Side of Instant Messaging for Business

By Kevin J. Stanfield How do companies balance the efficiencies of instant messaging with potential legal risks? Instant messaging applications are increasingly present in today’s corporate world and a popular form of communications both internally, between company employees, and externally with clients and partner organizations. The days of face-to-face meetings between managers and employees in […]

NC COA: Termination of Parental Rights, In re T.H. and M.H.

By Jessica B. Heffner Termination of Parental Rights, NC COA18-926, In re T.H. & M.H., June 18, 2019, Rowan County  Respondents appealed an order terminating their parental rights due to issues of ongoing substance abuse, mental health, and inadequate care and supervision of their children.  The Court of Appeals affirmed, finding no abuse of discretion […]

Appellate Case Roundup

By Joe Murray The appellate courts have been busy this summer. Unfortunately, none of the opinions are very enjoyable to read—unless you love technical opinions on ERISA, SOX, and the MSPB. Pense v. MD Dep’t of Public Safety, No. 18-1554 (4th Cir. June 11, 2019) (11th Amendment): Just a reminder when bringing claims under state […]

Fair Housing for Construction Lawyers

By Luke J. Farley Sr. When you think about the statutes and codes that govern the construction and design process in North Carolina, does the N.C. Fair Housing Act come to mind? Probably not—but it should, or your clients may be needlessly exposing themselves to an expensive risk. According to Lawyers Weekly, in 2016 one […]

Me and My Mini-MBA

By Erik Mazzone The day started off innocuously enough. I was in a meeting with my boss and I passed him a spreadsheet I had been working on. He has an MBA and has, shall we say, well-developed thoughts and feelings about spreadsheets. I majored in English and have well-developed thoughts and feelings on who […]

Can Lawyers Be Good Samaritans?

By Marc E. Gustafson We’re all familiar with the story of the Good Samaritan. Some states even have Good Samaritan laws. But did you know that a lawyer played a prominent role in the telling of the Good Samaritan parable? I will tell you, based upon first-hand experience, that hearing a reference to a lawyer […]

A Tale Of Two Legal Tech Conferences: Artificial Intelligence, Practice Management And More

By Erik Mazzone It was the best of conferences, it was the … actually, they were both pretty good. Not exactly Dickens, is it? I recently attended two legal technology conferences. They were interesting both for their similarities (“The future is now!”) and their differences (evolutionary or revolutionary change). The first conference – eponymously called […]

Here’s What Should Be Keeping You Up At Night

Here’s an actual email1 I received from a consulting client at the Center for Practice Management. Dear Erik, I think it is time for me to ramp up my firm’s online marketing efforts, but nothing I’ve done so far seems to work. It’s almost frustrating enough to make me miss the Yellow Pages. Sincerely, Sleepless in […]