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. 

As a FYI, here are some important dates in the future:  1) Thursday, October 18, 2018 – Council Meeting at 3pm at Campbell Shatley in Asheville with a social to follow (this meeting is being held in Asheville at the same time as the NCSBA Fall Law Conference); 2)  Thursday, February 7, 2019 – Council Meeting at 3pm in Chapel Hill at the UNC School of Government with a social to follow with the Government Law Section (this meeting is being held in Chapel Hill on the day before the UNC School of Government Education Conference); 3) Thursday, April 11, 2019 – Council Meeting at 3pm in Raleigh at Womble Bond Dickinson with the annual reception to follow; and 4) Friday, April 12, 2019 – Education Section Annual Meeting and CLE in Cary at the NC Bar Center.   Of course, as a Section, we have lots of others things going on throughout the year!  Check the Section’s website and listserv as other meetings, opportunities and events become available.

I want to thank all of the Committee chairs this year who so graciously agreed to provide their expertise and time to benefit the Section.  For purposes of this forum though, I really want to thank Stephen Moore and Scott Murray for agreeing to co-chair the Communications Committee and help with the Section’s blog.  I encourage you to post to the blog about current legal topics and events impacting both K-12 and higher education.  A blog posting doesn’t have to be a peer-reviewed treatise.  A few hundred words about an interesting topic is all that is needed.  I encourage everyone in the Section, from law school students to the old veterans, to try and make one post this year to the blog.  All you need to do is email your posting to Stephen at Stephen.Moore@lpl.com or Scott at smurray@ncsba.org and they will handle the rest.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to reach out to all of you in central and eastern North Carolina to let you know that we are all thinking about you and the good folks in that part of our State impacted by Hurricane Florence.  Please don’t hesitate to let us know if there is anything that we can do as a Section to help.