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Judge: No quick trial on NC voting law changes
Michael Biesecker
Dec 13th, 2013

A federal judge has ruled there will be no trial on North Carolina's Republican-backed voting law changes until after the 2014 elections, though she signaled motions will be considered to bar the measures from taking effect until the case is resolved.

Judge to weigh trial schedule on NC voting changes
Michael Biesecker
Dec 12th, 2013

A federal judge was set to hear arguments Thursday over whether a trial on the legality of recent Republican-backed changes to North Carolina's voting laws should be held before or after the November 2014 election.

NC courts are short of personnel, and that threatens justice
News & Observer Editorial
Dec 2nd, 2013

What happens when courts are overloaded with cases, when the technology system that supports those courts is woefully outdated and when judges, rather than get adequate funding from the state, have to go to counties for money?

Bring Me a Case
Linda Greenhouse
Nov 13th, 2013

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wasn’t persuaded last week by a petition that asked the Supreme Court to review the fairness of the settlement of a lawsuit against Facebook. He joined his eight colleagues in deciding against hearing the case. No big deal there. The case, Marek v. Lane, was one of nearly 300 appeals the justices turned down upon their return from a two-week recess.

Legislative fixes to pre-K programs make legal challenge moot, state Supreme Court says
Jane Stancill
Nov 12th, 2013

The state legislature last year reversed course on limits to pre-kindergarten programs for poor children, effectively resolving a legal challenge, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.

CLE Registration Form
Staff Writer
Oct 28th, 2013

CLE is FULL all registrations received after 11.8.13 will be put on a waiting list. NCICL presents a Free CLE for Attorneys on November 13 at Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard, LLP, 230 N. Elm St., Greensboro, NC. The registration begins at 2:00 pm with the program beginning at 2:30 pm until 5:00 pm. To register, please complete the registration form above and return to Dana Buck at or 919.838.5313.

Staff Writer
Oct 21st, 2013

The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research invites you to a forum that will explore the extent of "overcriminalization" in North Carolina and how it might be addressed.

NC high court weighs need for statewide pre-K plan
Emery Dalesio
Oct 15th, 2013

North Carolina's Supreme Court will decide whether the state is required to expand a pre-kindergarten academic program designed to boost the classroom achievement of poor children.

NC attorney general questions McCrory on voting lawsuit; governor's office fires back
John Frank and Rob Christensen
Oct 1st, 2013

RALEIGH — Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday that it is an “unnecessary expense” for Gov. Pat McCrory to hire an outside attorney to represent North Carolina against the Obama administration’s lawsuit challenging the state’s new voting law. Responding to Cooper’s remarks, Bob Stephens, McCrory’s chief legal counsel, said the cost “falls squarely at the feet of the attorney general.”