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Executive Director
and Senior Counsel,
Justice Robert F. Orr
Associate Justice,
NC Supreme Court,
(Retired)

Thank you for taking time to visit the website of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law.

Our objective in providing the public with this website is to offer a comprehensive look at our organization, our goals and mission, and to promote an interest in and appreciation for the constitutional structure of our state and nation. Although the focus is primarily on the North Carolina Constitution, you will also find substantial information relating to the U.S. Constitution and the constitutions of other states.

While we are a relatively new organization, incorporated in December 2003, with our office having opened in August 2004, our objectives are as old as the state constitution. In 1776, James Iredell, who later served as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, remarked as the process of creating a constitution for North Carolina began: "The great difficulty in our way is how to establish a check on the representatives of the people to prevent their assuming more power than would be consistent with the liberties of the people." That check is our state constitution which serves as a limitation of the powers of the General Assembly. To the extent the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law can serve to advance and enforce this fundamental concept of government, we will fulfill our mission.

We invite you to take time and explore the fascinating realm of constitutional law and the rich history that shaped constitutional development at the state and federal level. The website as you now see it, is just the beginning. As the Institute develops and expands its efforts, we intend to provide the public with an ever broader and more detailed source of information about the critically important role of constitutional law in today's society. Thank you for joining us in this endeavor and we look forward to your responses and inquiries.