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New Blog Feature: Petition Tracker

Today we ‘re introducing a new feature for the blog: the petition tracker. You can check out the petition tracker page here, or by clicking on “Petitions Allowed” in the banner at the top of any page on the blog.

Although our state constitution says that the “courts shall be open,” open hasn’ t always meant “clear.” Before we created this feature, we realized that it wasn ‘t easy to track the cases pending at the Supreme Court. But it’ s helpful to know what cases the Supreme Court has accepted through discretionary review: these are the cases that the Court has chosen to hear. Tracking these cases can give the public and practitioners alike some insight on what gets the Court ‘s attention and what areas of law the Court wants to develop.

You’ ll notice that the petition tracker keeps up with every

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Most readers of this blog are familiar with the Appellate Judges Education Institute, an annual seminar devoted to appellate practice.  Don’t be distracted by the name.  AJEI has programs for appellate practitioners and staff attorneys, in addition to judges.

Registration for AJEI 2019 is now open. AJEI is an intellectual feast for lovers of appeals and, as you can see from the program available on the registration site, 2019 is

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Petition Tracker Revamped

We hope you ‘ve been enjoying the Petition Tracker we launched last month. We’ re letting you know that we ‘ve revamped the format to make it both easier to read and sortable. One of the new columns we added shows the types of issues involved, in case you’ re interested in a particular topic. For frequent visitors, you ‘ll notice that the tracker is now in reverse chronological order, so the freshest petitions are always on top.

If you haven’ t already, give it a look. We’ll keep it updated as new petitions are allowed and as opinions on old petitions are issued. Let us know how you like the new look!

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We all remember the old common law rule that every dog gets one free bite, with the bite putting the owner on notice of the dog’s anti-social tendencies.  In today’s more crowded world, where both dogs and pedestrians have proliferated and frequently mingle, the applicable law has become more complex.  While some states still follow the one-bite rule, the North Carolina General Assembly has imposed strict liability on the

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Supreme Court Hiring Staff Attorney

The Supreme Court of North Carolina has another job opening, this time for a Staff Attorney.  The person selected will not only assist with the Court’s written opinions but will also be involved with rules, administrative orders, and training.  More information, including a link to the online application, can be found here.

But hurry–the application period closes next Wednesday (July 17th).


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U.S. Supreme Court Holds Political Gerrymandering Non-Justiciable

Late last week, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in two cases concerning the constitutionality of political gerrymandering: Rucho v. Common Cause, a case arising out of North Carolina, and Lamone v. Benisek, arising out of Maryland. Rucho, which readers of this blog are likely familiar with, involves a challenge to the redistricting plan originally enacted by the Republican-controlled legislature in 2016.  Lamone involves a challenge to the redistricting

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Let Your Voice Be Heard: Seeking Input On New Citation Format

The Supreme Court of North Carolina is exploring a proposal to adopt a universal citation format for North Carolina appellate court opinions. The format would implement sequential numbers for all opinions and a paragraph-based numbering system for pinpoint citations. The Court’s Technology Committee has prepared a report that describes the proposal in detail.  The idea has been percolating for years across the country, and other states have previously adopted

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