Today, the North Carolina Supreme Court unanimously held that the General Assembly’s 2013 repeal of teacher tenure violated teachers’ rights under the United States Constitution. The ruling restores the rights of teachers who earned tenure before July 26, 2013. Patterson Harkavy attorneys Narendra Ghosh and Burton Craige represented the plaintiffs,
Patterson Harkavy attorney Narendra Ghosh appeared today before the North Carolina Supreme Court, arguing that the General Assembly’s 2013 repeal of teacher tenure violated teachers’ rights under the North Carolina Constitution and the United States Constitution. For over forty years, North Carolina public school teachers have been able to earn
This morning, non-tenure track faculty at Duke University took the first step to forming a labor union by filing a recognition petition with the National Labor Relations Board. Patterson Harkavy attorneys Mike Okun, Narendra Ghosh, and Paul Smith represent the faculty. Duke faculty have already formed Duke Teaching First, an
In June of last year, Business North Carolina magazine asked over 23,000 lawyers in the North Carolina Bar to select the state’s top lawyer in various fields. In its January 2016 edition, the magazine recognized Patterson Harkavy attorney Mike Okun as the top vote-getter in the field of Employment Law. Mike
Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of Julian Betton, a Myrtle Beach man shot nine times by local law enforcement officers in his own home. The shooting left Mr. Betton in a coma for six weeks; he is now permanently paralyzed from the waist down. The complaint’s introduction begins: In
This morning, Patterson Harkavy attorney Narendra Ghosh appeared before the Supreme Court of North Carolina on behalf of his client Kenneth Leak. Narendra argued that Mr. Leak’s conviction for possession of a firearm by a felon was obtained in a manner that violated the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Mr. Leak
On October 23rd, at the 31th Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Labor and Employment Law CLE held in Isle of Palms, SC, Mike Okun presented Jon Harkavy’s 2013-2014 annual review of the Supreme Court’s employment law cases. Jon’s paper is entitled “2015 Supreme Court Employment Law Commentary.” Introduction: Appearances can, indeed, be deceiving:
In 1978, Joseph Sledge was wrongfully convicted of a dual murder. On January 23, 2015, thanks to the work of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, a three-judge panel unanimously found that Mr. Sledge was innocent. Mr. Sledge served 37 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.