Understanding the Law
Explaining court cases, statutes, and executive actions across the country, providing valuable analysis of the facts and legal impact on the public.
North Carolina is the only state that does not recognize equivalent domestic violence protection for same-sex couples as it does for opposite-sex couples. See Am. Bar Ass’n, Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders (CPOs), (2014). Chapter 50B domestic violence protection orders are ...[Continue Reading]
As a state in the “Bible Belt,” it is not uncommon to hear of a North Carolina public school being involved with religion to some degree, whether it be a teacher helping young students pray in class, a teacher participating in a See You at the Pole™ event, or school board members seeking to ...[Continue Reading]
When it comes to a woman’s right to an abortion, the spotlight has recently been focused on New York. However, recently there has been an abortion war in Iowa where two battles that took place that ended in a victory for the pro-abortion activists. The first battle that took place was the fight ...[Continue Reading]
Data security technologies, like those used on both Apple and Samsung cell phones, continue to provide consumers with features aimed at increasing their data security. Apple says iPhone users unlock their phones an average 80 times a day. Samsung’s newest device allows users to unlock their ...[Continue Reading]
International guidelines paint a relatively clear picture of the legal rights that all children living with disabilities share across the globe. These rights apply regardless of the region in which the child lives. The rights are inherently fundamental. These international human rights standards ...[Continue Reading]
With the passage of the Cannabis Act, Canada just became the first G7 nation to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults on a federal level. Under the new policy, Canadian adults may legally possess up to 30 grams of marijuana in public. On October 17, 2018, Canada passed the ...[Continue Reading]
Buying and owning land has been an important aspect of society throughout history. The transaction will likely be the biggest investment a person will ever make throughout their life; however, states have been changing their laws to favor efficiency over consumer protections of homebuyers. ...[Continue Reading]
Cutting-edge vehicles like the popular Tesla Model S come equipped with autonomous driving features granting them the ability to control themselves. Artificial intelligence enables the car to manage speed, direction, and adapt to traffic patterns—eliminating the need for a human driver. ...[Continue Reading]
Nobody desires to see guns in the hands of others who would break the law and kill innocent people. However, Americans enjoy a rich endowment of rights that are codified within the highest document of the land, The U. S. Constitution. ...[Continue Reading]
Sticks and stones might break my bones, but words will never break me—but can they?
Many policymakers across the United States have argued that arming school staff may be the most effective way to prevent a shooting or stop one that has already begun. ...[Continue Reading]
Defendant lawmakers argue the shifting of voters was a ripple effect required to remedy the constitutional defects.
Every attorney is all but guaranteed to encounter clients with either acute or chronic mental health conditions that will have some bearing upon their case – from their capacity to simply convey the facts of their situation in an intake interview to the presentation of an insanity defense to the ...[Continue Reading]
The truth is that only those officers, under those circumstances, at that scene, on that day, can truly account for both what was and was not reasonable. ...[Continue Reading]
The debate surrounding North Carolina’s Certificate of Need (“CON”) Law is not new, nor has a clear winner ever been declared. That may be about to change. A 2018 lawsuit filed by a Winston Salem surgeon will potentially set the stage for courts to declare a winner. North Carolina’s ...[Continue Reading]