Mark Your Calendars For LIFT March 22-23

In cooperation with the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), this program will explore the responsibilities and rights of educators in North Carolina. We also will examine laws regarding issues in education and explore laws that protect the rights of teachers, parents, students, administrators and school staff.

What: Project LIFT (Law Institute For Teachers)
When: March 22-23, 2019
Where: 276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Click here for application instructions and more info.

Questions? Please email Karen Sumner.

Welcome To the Bar Year, Education Law Section

By Chad Donnahoo

Welcome to the Education Section! It is an exciting year for the Section and I encourage you to join and get involved.  For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Chad Donnahoo and I am the Chair for 2018-2019.  I work at Campbell Shatley, PLLC in Asheville and our firm specializes in K-12 and community college representation.  Don’t hesitate to contact me should you ever have any thoughts or questions about the Section.  Read more

Education Law Section Members Participate in Law Student Networking Events

By Benita Jones

Thank you to the Education Law Section members who recently participated in panels and networking events at North Carolina Central University School of Law and Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law.

Section members mingled and shared career advice with future attorneys at a networking lunch at NCCU School of Law following the section council meeting on Feb. 2, 2017.  During the lunch, law students had the opportunity to pose questions about pathways to practice in the area of education law to a distinguished panel of attorneys, including: Venus Boston, assistant legal counsel, Winston-Salem State University; John Leidy, attorney, Hornthal, Riley, Ellis & Maland, LLP; Kimberly Potter, special deputy attorney general, N.C. Department of Justice; Hope Tyehimba, general counsel, NCCU; Nicole Wiley, equal opportunity investigator, UNC; and Thomas West, vice president for governmental relations and general counsel, N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities. A special thanks to Giovonni Wade, director for career services at NCCU School of Law, for her assistance in coordinating this event.

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The Interplay Between First Amendment and Education Law: A CLE

Education Law Section

 By Benita N. Jones

Interested in how the First Amendment impacts schools and universities?  Register for the upcoming NCBA Education Law Section CLE and Annual Meeting.

First Amendment issues are near the top of the list of legal issues that education attorneys address on a daily basis. As our school and university clients navigate legal questions raised by new technologies, viral forms of expression, and impassioned political discourse, it is essential that education attorneys understand the parameters of the First Amendment. I invite you to discuss these topics with your colleagues at the 2017 Education Law Section CLE and Annual Meeting on Friday, April 21, at the NC Bar Center in Cary.

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Academic Freedom In Interesting Times

Education Law Section

By William Joseph Austin Jr.

This article is posted in anticipation of the 2017 Education Law Section Annual Meeting and CLE scheduled for April 21 at the N.C. Bar Center.  The theme of the program is freedom of speech in educational institutions.

A 50th anniversary came and went this past fall without fanfare or commemoration.  But for several weeks in October and November of 1966, Andrew Marvell’s poem, “To His Coy Mistress,” written circa 1650’s, was a “national sensation.”[1]  On Oct. 17, 1966, the television station WRAL reported that a UNC English instructor had assigned his students to write a paper on seduction using this 17th-century poem.[2]  Subsequent investigation by a departmental committee determined in November that the instructor, Michael Paull, had not given the students that assignment, but asked them to use the poem to explain imagery and six figures of poetic speech.[3]

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Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration: What You Need to Know

By Douglas B. Thie

In the week after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed three executive orders that will significantly affect non-U.S. citizens both immediately and in the coming months. Most recently, he signed an executive order titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States. This order contains two important provisions that affect non-U.S. citizen students and academic professionals, which are discussed in detail below.

First, the order suspends the issuance of visas and other immigration benefits to nationals of seven countries. These countries include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Second, the order prohibits the entry of nonimmigrant visa holders from these seven countries to the United States for 90 days and cancels their visas. Ninety days from the date of the order is April 27, 2017. There is no guarantee that either of these provisions will not be extended past the 90 day period.

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New Year, New Blog

By Benita N. Jones

Happy New Year!  As 2017 gets into full swing, change is all around us — a new president has taken office in Washington, a new governor has taken office in Raleigh, and with both come new elected officials, new appointments, new agendas, and new policy directions. In the midst of these changes, there is certainty that the next few months will bring new developments in the area of education law at the state and federal levels.

Our blog is an effort to keep our section members abreast of education law developments in a timely manner. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Stephen Moore and Erin Edgar, co-chairs of the Newsletter and Homepage Committee, for working to transition the section from the newsletter to the blog format. If you would like to contribute a post to the blog, please do not hesitate to contact Stephen, Erin, or me. Blog posts can be short legal updates or “thought pieces” that section members desire to share with their colleagues and fellow education law practitioners. Our goal is to have a new blog post every three weeks.

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