Articles by Jim Small, Former Senior Staff Writer

Jim Small, Former Senior Staff Writer
About Jim Small, Former Senior Staff Writer (8 Articles)
Jim graduated from Campbell Law School in 2013 and received his Bachelor of Arts in Prelaw from Bob Jones University in South Carolina. He worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Amy Flanary-Smith, conducted research for McCuiston Law Offices in Cary, NC, and completed an externship in the Research Division of the North Carolina General Assembly.
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What happens to digital assets after death?

December 10, 2012

I still prefer the printed word, but for many people, the fastest growing portion of their book and music libraries is stored on devices like the Amazon Kindle or iPod.  But what happens to that digital content when the owner dies?  More fundamentally, is “owning” an album on iTunes or a book ...[Continue Reading]

Virtual Charter Schools on Trial in North Carolina

November 10, 2012

Virtual charter schools have been hailed as an innovation that allows greater flexibility and access to quality education.  But critics say this innovation comes at the high price of diverting taxpayer money from traditional “brick and mortar” public schools.  The North Carolina State Board ...[Continue Reading]

Rent to Illegal Aliens? Landlord, You May be Penalized

August 6, 2012

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down down several portions of Arizona’s immigration bill, holding that three of the four challenged sections were preempted by federal law. Federal preemption severely limits what state and local governments can do in terms of creating laws intended to ...[Continue Reading]

Stand Your Ground, But Only If Reasonably Necessary

May 20, 2012

In a previous article, the Campbell Law Observer discussed the recent changes to North Carolina’s “castle doctrine,” which created a statutory presumption of a reasonable fear of imminent death or serious bodily harm when a person uses deadly force to defend himself in his home, vehicle, or ...[Continue Reading]

Is a Man’s Home Really His Castle?

April 17, 2012

The nationwide outcry over the recent shooting of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch coordinator in Florida has renewed the public debate about self defense laws.  Collectively referred to as the “castle doctrine,” states have enacted various forms of statutes that ...[Continue Reading]