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Report from Real Property Section Council Meeting

By Brian Z. Taylor Real Property Section Members, I hope that you are managing well in this COVID-19 world we find ourselves in today. It is an understatement to say that it has definitely changed our lives and had drastic effects on how we conduct our law practices and businesses. I want to let you […]

More Judicial Updates on COVID-19 (Mar. 19, 2020)

By Daniel Adams  North Carolina’s courts have taken further steps to address the impact of COVID-19 on the court system. North Carolina Supreme Court The Supreme Court will not be holding travel sessions in April or May. Cases previously scheduled for April or May may still be heard, at the litigants’ option:   Via WebEx […]

MIP Committee Holds Interview Day

By Jane Paksoy The Minorities in the Profession Committee’s 1L Summer Associate Program (1L SAP) held its Interview Day at Ward and Smith’s Raleigh office on Thursday, February 13. After a marathon day of interviews, eleven talented 1Ls were matched with participating firms and companies. Participating employers this year were Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP; […]

Slowing Down

By Marc E. Gustafson I must admit this article began as a piece about slowing down to enjoy the holidays after I observed my almost five-year-old son napping on an airplane flying to see family. But then I thought about all the times I had heard someone (a preacher, a parent, an unsolicited stranger, a […]

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 […]