Press Releases & Op-Eds

Who Failed the Player?
Robert F. Orr
Aug 2nd, 2011

All the recent platitudes emanating from the leadership at UNC about their concern over "academic integrity" have a slightly hollow ring. A close look at the facts shows that the recent firing of football coach Butch Davis is tinged with a heavy dose of hypocrisy. Academically, who really is at fault?


Letter to the Editor: Public needs Charlotte Knights to hit this one out of the park
Jeanette Doran
Jun 22nd, 2011

Senior Staff Attorney Jeanette Doran had the following letter to the editor regarding the new Knights baseball stadium in the Charlotte Observer. Read more...


Better for justice, better for juveniles
Justice Robert F. Orr
May 16th, 2011

Justice Orr has an editorial in the Raleigh News & Observer addressing HB 632 as it relates to the juvenile justice system. He says our General Assembly now has the opportunity to discuss and potentially change a criminal justice practice that is not serving the best interest of the public, and certainly not serving the best interest of thousands of teenagers. It's time for HB 632 to get a fair hearing.


Don’t equate grants with gambling money
Jeanette Doran
May 11th, 2011

NCICL Senior Staff Attorney Jeanette Doran had the following letter to the editor on Golden LEAF in the Greensboro News & Record.


Letter to the Editor: Cut! Cut!
Jeanette Doran
Apr 18th, 2011

Cut! Cut! The Raleigh News & Observer recently featured Senior Staff Attorney Jeanette Doran's Letter to the Editor on a Senate bill geared towards revising North Carolina's film incentives program.


Making right call on Golden Leaf
Justice Robert F. Orr
Apr 15th, 2011

The following op-ed on Golden LEAF by Justice Robert F. Orr ran in the Triangle Business Journal: The recent controversy over the future of the Golden Leaf Foundation and its millions in assets has been couched primarily in political overtones. Politics aside, there are three important issues that need to be resolved in order to properly determine the future of GLF. Read more...


Robert Orr: Looking for more gold
Robert F. Orr
Mar 27th, 2011

The recent controversy over the future of the Golden LEAF Foundation and its millions in assets has been couched primarily in political overtones. The Governor and other GLF supporters, primarily democrats, have lauded the successes of the 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation particularly in the economic development field. Read more...


Response to State Controller's Memorandum on "Interfund Temporary Borrowing"
Jeanette Doran
Mar 15th, 2011

Lawyers with the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law received and reviewed a memorandum prepared by State Controller David McCoy in which he claims the Governor’s plan to raid the Employment Security Commission Reserve Fund is constitutional. NCICL attorneys take exception to the Controller’s analysis which they characterize as incomplete and factually inaccurate.


Op-ed: Parties look for gold in Golden LEAF
Justice Robert F. Orr
Mar 13th, 2011

In an op-ed featured in the Fayetteville Observer, Justice Robert F. Orr writes about the controversial Golden LEAF Foundation.


NCICL Challenges Gov's Actions in Borrowing Money
Elizabeth Lincicome
Mar 10th, 2011

RALEIGH, MARCH 10, 2011- Lawyers with the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law (NCICL) today questioned Governor Perdue’s plans to temporarily borrow nearly $500 million in dedicated state appropriations from a variety of funds to pay taxpayer refunds. Those funds include moneys appropriated and dedicated for public school building funds, the Employment Security Commission reserve fund, the Clean Water Trust Management Fund and others.