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Almost Heaven? Judicial Décor 101

Attorneys and judges everywhere are watching with amazement the developments in West Virginia, where the entire state Supreme Court bench is on the ropes.  Of the five Justices, one retired in July in anticipation of pleading guilty to a federal wire fraud charge, and the other four have been impeached by the West Virginia House of Delegates.  The impeachment cases will proceed to the state Senate for trial.  Details

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Luncheon with Judge Allyson Duncan: You Are Invited

The EDNC Chapter of the Federal Bar Association will host a luncheon with Judge Allyson Duncan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Raleigh on August 30. Judge Duncan, who just celebrated 15 years on that collegial court, is always an engaging speaker.  I hope to see you there.

Who:               You

Why:                To hear Judge Duncan reflect on her path to, and time on,

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Appellate Candidates Forum–August 16 in Raleigh

Most election years, the candidates for open seats on the Supreme Court of North Carolina and Court of Appeals participate in a lively forum at the Bar Association ‘s annual meeting.  It didn’ t happen this year, in part because the filing period did not close until after the annual meeting.

Fear not, though.  The Wake Women Attorneys have managed to get nearly all of the candidates together for a discussion next week in Raleigh. 

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Appellate Public Defender Needed in Charlotte

Way back when I was a law clerk, I knew I wanted to be an appellate lawyer.  I asked my Judge how to go about making that happen.  She told me, unequivocally, that the best way to get appellate experience was to be an appellate lawyer with the United States Attorney ‘s office or the Federal Public Defender’ s office.  Those are the “frequent fliers” in the Fourth Circuit, not civil private-practice lawyers, she explained.  Like

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Dickson v. Rucho: Back at the N.C. Supreme Court (But Not for Long?)

Lawsuits regarding North Carolina’s congressional maps, originally drawn in 2011 and the subject of seemingly endless litigation, are once again back before the Supreme Court of North Carolina. This time, however, the trip may be short.

First, some background: the suits at issue here were originally filed challenging several state and congressional districts on the basis of racial gerrymandering. Following multiple rounds of appeals to, and remands from, the

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What Type of Review Is Triggered by a “No-Merit” Brief?

At first blush, it might not seem surprising that the Court of Appeals would dismiss an appeal if “[n]o issues have been argued or preserved for review.” But what is surprising is the fact that the Court reached that conclusion in a published opinion and, in doing so, made a significant change to the jurisprudence of cases arising under Rule 3.1 of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure

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