Parsing fact and fiction is a major component of practicing law, so it stands to reason that lawyers are familiar with writing of both kinds. But it wasn’t until the North Carolina State Bar opened its fiction writing competition to paralegals this year that interest in the contest took off.Read More »
Once the locavore was born, could the locattorney be far behind? The “Eat Local” movement, begun as an effort to support small, nearby farmers in lieu of distant, corporate agriculture, has spawned a range of similar spending philosophies -- and correlating bumper stickers. And coming soon to a bumper near you: “Contract Local.”Read More »
The Lawyers Weekly staff frequently scours the job postings on Craigslist — strictly for newsgathering purposes, we assure you — where we came across a posting for “ghostbloggers” wanted by a bankruptcy law firm in Raleigh. The firm seeks five “ghostbloggers to write at least 20 blog posts per month on bankruptcy law … and topics at least minimally related to bankruptcy.”Read More »
At the request of the Dunn city council, city attorney Tilghman Pope is busy researching just how tight constitutional protections of saggy pants might be. Earlier this month the council voted unanimously to have Pope explore the possibility of a baggy-britches ban despite warnings from the American Civil Liberties Union that the First and Fourteenth Amendments guarantee an individual’s right to a wide range of questionable fashion choices.
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It may be a quaint notion, but the state of North Carolina adheres to the belief that judges are nonpolitical and that judicial elections should be nonpartisan affairs. The Johnston County Board of Elections has decided otherwise – at least as far as its website is concerned.
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While most of us were watching tape-delayed coverage of the Olympics from our living rooms, Greensboro public defender Frederick G. Lind was in the thick of the action in London. He crossed the pond to cheer on his daughter Caroline Lind, who won a gold medal with her eight-member women’s rowing team. Caroline, 29, also brought home gold from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Read More »
Duke University was among 37 law schools whose 2011 first-year classes were smaller and slightly less polished than their 2010 counterparts. Whether those numbers offer further proof that the law school sky is falling or simply reflect an adjusting market depends on which academic you ask.Read More »
Sometimes you just gotta drive drunk. Two North Carolina lawyers recently made that unusual argument to justify the actions of clients charged with DWI, and it paid off.Read More »
If judges based their decisions on an appeal’s creativity and brass rather than its legal merits, Timothy Vester would surely be a free man.Read More »
This isn’t a legal matter, but we just couldn’t resist noting it. We get press releases from the governor’s office on a near-daily basis, and one of them last week announced that Gov. Beverly Perdue would meet with Fuquay-Varina middle school student Sydney Brown.Read More »