Go Back To School With NCBA Member Discounts and Student Involvement Opportunities

By Josh McIntyre

Big box store checkout lines are longer, rush hour traffic has doubled and, if you’re a parent, your wallet may be a bit lighter. That’s right, back-to-school season is upon us, and the North Carolina Bar Association is here to help.

Our Member Discount program with Office Depot means members get contract pricing on almost everything in the store, including items on that long list of school supplies from your child’s teacher. Prices are often discounted up to 40 percent, and members can order online through a dedicated NCBA webpage or in person with their NCBA Store Purchasing Card. This card is stored automatically in the Member Benefits App, and the membership department can also mail a physical card to any member who requests it. We hope this program helps get you what you need for the classroom. Meanwhile, the NCBA is getting in the classroom, too!

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‘For Want Of a Comma’: The Latest In the Oxford Comma War

By Laura Graham

“For want of a comma, we have this case.”  Thus begins the opinion in O’Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy,[1] a 1st Circuit case decided in March that has rekindled a long-standing debate: Should the Oxford comma be used or not?

The Oxford comma—also known as the serial comma or the Harvard comma—is the comma between the penultimate and final items in a written list. For example, in the sentence, “The American flag is red, white, and blue,” the comma after “white” is an Oxford comma. Punctuation purists insist that the Oxford comma should always be used; but other constituencies argue that it is usually superfluous and unnecessary and should be reserved for sentences in which the absence of the comma would create ambiguity.

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