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Attorneys – Civil Practice – Federal Jurisdiction – Rooker-Feldman Doctrine – Bar Discipline – Constitutional (access required)

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.

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Tough times, bad legislation face new Bar president (access required)

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. “We wrestle with ethical and disciplinary issues all the time,” Foxx says. “But our mandate is not to protect lawyers; it’s to protect the public. Certainly if we can help a lawyer with emotional or medical issues – substance abuse, for example – we try to do that. But it’s the public that has to come first.”

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