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Since its formation, there have been a number of common questions from the public and the media about the NC Institute of Constitutional Law . We hope that we have answered most of them here. If you have any other questions or points that you would like clarified, please click here to send an email with your questions.

What is the purpose of the ICL?

What are potential issues to be addressed by the ICL?

Is the ICL a think tank or a law firm?

Will the ICL be filing cases or otherwise involved in litigation? 

How will you decide which cases to bring?

What cases have the ICL been involved with to date?

How do I contact the ICL?

Is the ICL a partisan organization?

How is the ICL funded?

What is the purpose of the ICL?

The ICL was formed to conduct research, educate and advise the general public, policy makers, and the Bar on rights of citizens under the constitutions of the State of North Carolina and the United States of America. It is furthermore our mission to advocate the principles of limited government and strive to ensure compliance with the constitutional restraints on government.

To achieve that mission, the ICL will conduct educational programs such as continuing legal education, track legislation and when appropriate sponsor forums to facilitate discussion of various proposed legislative and constitutional issues including proposed constitutional amendments.  The ICL will engage in litigation when necessary to achieve our mission.


What are potential issues to be addressed by the ICL?

ICL will focus primarily on economic issues as they relate to the North Carolina and the U.S. Constitutions. Specific issues that ICL may address through research publications and public interest litigation include business subsidies and other targeted incentives for designated corporations; unconstitutional tax policies; and taxpayer funding for programs or activities beyond the state's proper constitutional scope..


Is the ICL a think tank or a law firm? 

We are a private public interest legal foundation. We will conduct research and education campaigns on the state and federal constitutions and engage in litigation as appropriate.


Will the ICL be filing cases or otherwise involved in litigation? 

When appropriate, the ICL will engage in litigation on behalf of citizens and the public interest aimed at protecting the constitutional rights of North Carolina citizens and/or businesses.


How will you decide which cases to bring?

After researching various potential cases and exploring legal theories, the ICL staff will consult with the Board of Directors and the Board of Advisors to determine which cases may provide the best opportunity for shaping NC or federal constitutional law.   The ICL will then either file a complaint or engage outside counsel to file a complaint


What cases have the ICL been involved with to date?

The ICL, though founded in December 2003, became fully staffed and operational on August 9, 2004.  We are currently researching various cases and theories for potential litigation


How do I contact the ICL?

North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law
Post Office Box 17204
Raleigh, NC 27619-7204

919-872-3980

info@ncicl.org


Is the ICL a partisan organization?

NO. The North Carolina and US constitutions are non-partisan documents.Our role is to support and educate the public regarding various rights under those documents. Thus, the Board of Directors and the ICL staff are comprised of individuals from various political, social and economic backgrounds.                 


How is the ICL funded?

The ICL received a start-up or seed grant from the John William Pope Foundation.  The ICL is a 501(c)(3) private foundation and  welcomes financial support from individuals, foundations and businesses.  Tax deductible contributions may be made to:

North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law
Post Office Box 17204 • Raleigh NC 27619