NCBA adventurers conquer Norway’s knife-edge trails

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By NCBA members Vance Barron  Jr., Locke Clifford, Barden Cooke, Robert DouglasRobert McClellan and Jonathan Maxwell

In the gloaming, silhouetted on Norway’s famous Besseggen Ridge, with no trail signs or anyone else in sight, a lone hiker is not sure he is on the trail. He is sure that his knee is acting up, and that he is bone weary. And he has miles to go.

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Putting on ‘Airs and Graces’: The Power of Punctuation To Elevate Your Writing

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Each time I sit down to write a punctuation column, I find myself second-guessing the topic. Do readers really want to read about commas, or dashes, or apostrophes?  Shouldn’t I be able to think of something more stimulating to write about?

But I am always pleasantly surprised at the number of readers who contact me to thank me for these punctuation refreshers and to suggest additional punctuation-related topics. Recently, I received a couple of requests for a column covering the proper use of colons and semicolons, and I am happy to oblige.

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No New Clients In January and Other Tips for Avoiding Fee Disputes

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By Ken Raynor 

Learning from the mistakes of others is far better than learning from your own follies. The work of the Mecklenburg County Bar’s Fee Dispute Resolution Committee allows its members to see patterns of conduct which end up in disputes between attorneys and clients. Hopefully, the members use this experience to develop procedures and practices which will help avoid fee disputes. We thought it may be good to share with our associates some of the insights we have learned through our service as members of the Fee Dispute Committee. Read more