NCICL Videos


State Action Doctrine
Michael O'Beirne
Mar 15th, 2013

NCICL's intern Michael O'Beirne discusses the State Action Doctrine and its meaning for our constitutional rights. Michael explains that constitutional rights are enforceable against government at all levels, but generally not against private parties.

NC Cities' Burdensome Taxicab Regulations
Donna Martinez
Feb 14th, 2013

Tyler Younts, staff attorney at the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, discusses N.C. cities' burdensome taxicab regulations. Younts offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio.

Our Constitutions - TEA PAC
Tyler Younts
Jan 19th, 2013

Tyler Younts, NCICL Staff Attorney, spoke at the TEA PAC Conference on January 19, 2013 in Greensboro, NC. He spoke about the NC Constitution and its history.

Just Compensation by: Jeanette Doran, Executive Director & General Counsel, North Carolina Institute
Jeanette Doran
Oct 16th, 2012

Jeanette Doran spoke at Campbell University's Lundy-Fetterman School of Business on the topic of Just Compensation and the taking of property by the government.

WRAL On The Record: Laws, Ethics of Campaign Finance
David Crabtree
Aug 19th, 2012

Jeanette Doran, NCICL Executive Director and General Counsel, goes On the Record with WRAL's David Crabtree to discuss election laws and campaign finance.

NCICL's Jeanette Doran discusses a Supreme Court decision's impact on N.C. 'rescue funds'
Donna Martinez
Jul 1st, 2012

Jeanette Doran, executive director and general counsel for the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law, discusses the impact of a recent U.S. Supreme Court case on the matching funds or "rescue funds" tied to North Carolina's taxpayer-financed election campaign system. Doran offered these comments during an interview with Donna Martinez for Carolina Journal Radio.

Lunch & Learn: Obamacare Supreme Court Discussion
Dana Buck
Mar 28th, 2012

On March 28, 2012 NCICL and Civitas Institute co-sponsored Lunch & Learn: Obamacare Supreme Court Discussion. The topic of this luncheon discussion was the merits of the Obamacare oral arguments. From March 26th through the 28th, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the Anti-Injunction Act, which prohibits lawsuits from stopping a tax before it has been imposed, the individual mandate arguments, and severability arguments determining which provisions may stand if only parts of Obamacare, such as the individual mandate, are struck down. It also heard arguments on the massive expansion of state Medicaid programs under Obamacare. Our speakers were Mr. Thomas Farr of Ogletree Deakins and Dr. Steve Kagan of Carolina Vascular. Mr. Farr discussed the merits of the arguments and likelihood of the law being struck down. Dr. Kagan gave us his perspective of how the law would affect the medical industry if it should stand.

Food Cart Litigation
Cynthia Crowdus
Mar 7th, 2012

We are now representing Steve Pruner of Outlaw Dogs fame. NCICL is representing Steve on appeal from his criminal conviction for selling hot dogs without a license. Steve sells hot dogs from a food cart in Durham. After losing his job, he started selling hot dogs to support himself and his disabled daughter. He was arrested and charged with two counts of operating a business without a license. He was convicted in district court, appealed to superior court and lost again. He was sentenced to 45-60 days, suspended. He is now appealing to the Court of Appeals.

NC's Constitutional Amendment Process
Jeanette Doran
Feb 20th, 2012

Jeanette Doran, the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law's executive director and general counsel, explains that the constitutional amendment language voters see on the North Carolina ballot doesn't have to match the text of the actual amendment. Doran offered these comments during a Feb. 20, 2012, speech to the John Locke Foundation's Shaftesbury Society.

Cornerstone Commentary: AB Tech
Lindsey Wakely
Jan 31st, 2012

Lindsey Wakely discusses campaign activities laws as they apply to AB Tech. To learn about the statutory and case law related to this issue, please see Wakely's previous Cornerstone Commentary on campaign activities.