NCAJ Elects Brad Bannon President

At its annual meeting last month, the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) elected firm partner Brad Bannon to be its president. With over 3,000 members, NCAJ is a nonpartisan association of legal professionals dedicated to protecting people’s rights through community, education, and advocacy. NCAJ provides continuing legal education for lawyers and other legal professionals aimed

Patterson Harkavy files lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of December 2016 special session

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed a lawsuit on behalf of Common Cause and ten North Carolina citizens.  The lawsuit challenges the constitutionality of the North Carolina General Assembly’s fourth extra session in December 2016. At the heart of the challenge is a violation of citizens’ constitutional right to “instruct their representatives” – a right expressly guaranteed

Betton suit receives national coverage in debate over the deadly consequences of police SWAT teams

More than a year ago, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of Julian Betton, a South Carolina man who was shot nine times in his own home during a police raid.  The shooting left Mr. Betton in a coma for six weeks; he is now paralyzed from the waist down. Both the New York Times and

Proposed Ethics Rules would help Right Wrongful Convictions

Patterson Harkavy attorney Brad Bannon, who is serving his third year as an advisory member on the North Carolina State Bar Ethics Committee, recently revived discussions in the Committee about proposed ethics rules that would require prosecutors to disclose information about possible wrongful convictions. First proposed eight years ago, the rule amendments stalled following opposition

Patterson Harkavy files voting rights lawsuit against Jones County

This morning, Patterson Harkavy filed a federal voting-rights lawsuit against Jones County, North Carolina, along with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Jones County utilizes an “at-large” system for electing Commissioners, meaning that all Commissioners are elected county-wide. The Complaint alleges that voting in Jones County

Duke graduate workers file for union election

Last week, Duke’s graduate student workers 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 student workers. In August, the National Labor Relations Board recognized that students employed by their universities were

Willie Grimes wrongful conviction suit settled for $3,250,000

Patterson Harkavy obtained a $3,250,000 settlement for Willie Grimes, an innocent man who served 24 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. In July of 1988, Mr. Grimes was wrongfully convicted of the rape and kidnapping of an elderly woman in Catawba County.  On October 4, 2012, thanks to the work of the North Carolina

Attorney Brad Bannon joins Patterson Harkavy

Patterson Harkavy is pleased to announce that Bradley J. Bannon has joined the firm as a partner. Brad practiced for 20 years at Cheshire Parker Schnieder & Bryan, focusing on criminal trial defense and appeals, as well as professional licensing defense. In state and federal court, he represented people from all walks of life, accused of