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North Carolina State Bar

May 9, 2014

Disbarment OK even without conviction, COA rules

The North Carolina State Bar could disbar an attorney for embezzlement even though he was never criminally convicted of any charge, the state’s Court of Appeals ruled unanimously May 6. Geoffrey H. Simmons was disbarred in April 2013 after the state bar’s Disciplinary Hearing Commission found that Simmons had made unauthorized payments to himself from […]

Dec 12, 2013

Specialization certifications awarded by bar

The following lawyers met all of the certification requirements, and were certified by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization on November 25, 2013: Appellate Richard Dietz, Winston-Salem   Bankruptcy  A. Scott McKellar, Rocky Mount (business and consumer)   Criminal R. Seth Banks, Burnsville (state) William Bland, Goldsboro (state) Mireille Clough, Winston-Salem (fe[...]

Dec 3, 2012

Attorneys – Civil Practice – Federal Jurisdiction – Rooker-Feldman Doctrine – Bar Discipline – Constitutional

McGee v. North Carolina State Bar This court already decided in 2005 that plaintiff’s challenge to the constitutionality of N.C. R. Prof. Cond. 8.4(b) is inextricably intertwined with the previous state-court litigation that led to the suspension of plaintiff’s license to practice law. Therefore, the Rooker-Feldman doctrine prohibits this court from adjudicating plaintiff’s claim.

Sep 28, 2012

NC State Bar answers LegalZoom’s complaint, files counterclaim

Nearly a year after it was sued by, the North Carolina State Bar has answered the complaint and filed a counterclaim against the self-help legal website.

Aug 31, 2012

Paralegal makes up story, wins prize

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.

Nov 18, 2011

Tough times, bad legislation face new Bar president

Jim Foxx may be the first corporate general counsel to take the helm at the North Carolina State Bar, but there’s nothing corporate about his agenda. His small town roots, some big firm experience and years spent growing his North Carolina practice have rendered Foxx both mindful of the needs of his colleagues and committed to preserving the Bar’s singular mandate: protecting the public. [...]

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