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Ethics and Professionalism
Discussing current ethics and professionalism issues in the practice of law, including commentary on ethics opinions and guest contributions from local attorneys.
Ecuadorian plaintiffs alleging environmental harms and private injuries against Chevron may have lost their only remedy through their lawyer’s fraudulent actions in Ecuador. ...[Continue Reading]
OK, so the words are not really dirty, indecent, or obscene, and their use won’t get you arrested — a la George Carlin. But there are certain words or phrases a NC attorney should be wary of when creating a webpage or an advertisement. These are words or phrases that can get you in trouble unless you are careful about how you use them and, in some cases, unless you include disclaimer language. By the way, this is not an exclusive list, but it does include some of the usual language that trips up attorneys. ...[Continue Reading]
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's challenge of defending a same-sex marriage ban that he personally opposes demonstrates the unique position faced by attorneys general. ...[Continue Reading]
Bringing the Campbell Law Observer online in March 2012 was just the first step in bringing the only publication of its kind in North Carolina to fruition. The editorial team, led by Editor-in-Chief Emeritus John Hardin, undertook the substantial task of transitioning a print-only publication ...[Continue Reading]
The North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct create unique challenges for lawyers appointed to public office. ...[Continue Reading]
People routinely use the Internet for various functions. Whether personal, professional, or political, web use undoubtedly plays a prominent role in the everyday lives of many Americans. As is often the case, however, with popularity often comes problems. Turn on the news, click on a news ...[Continue Reading]
A redistricting plan that pleases everyone simply does not exist. As Justice Hudson put it in her dissent to the North Carolina Supreme Court’s most recent redistricting decision, “[R]edistricting litigation is virtually inevitable every ten years. . . .” But the controversy surrounding ...[Continue Reading]
Note from the Editors: Recently, the Campbell Law Observer hosted a write-on competition to recruit new staff writers. Each student was to discuss the impact of for-profit law schools on the legal academy and the legal profession. Below, you will find the article that received the ...[Continue Reading]
Judge James L. Gale, Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases in Greensboro, North Carolina, denied in part and deferred in part the North Carolina State Bar’s Motion to Dismiss a case brought by LegalZoom in response to the Bar’s ongoing efforts to prevent LegalZoom’s ...[Continue Reading]
While social media is often associated with distant friends showing pictures of their pet or what they ate for dinner, it is advantageous for small and large law firms to participate in at least some of the many forms of social media now available. Social media is a broad ...[Continue Reading]
On March 2, 2012, Durham District Attorney Tracey Cline was removed from office. A portion of Judge Robert Hobgood’s order removing Cline read as follows: “Tracey E. Cline has lost the confidence of the attorneys and the public necessary to continue as an effective District Attorney for ...[Continue Reading]