Burton argues constitutionality of private school vouchers before North Carolina Supreme Court

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy attorney Burton Craige appeared before the Supreme Court of North Carolina, arguing that the state’s recently-enacted private school voucher scheme violates the North Carolina Constitution. The voucher scheme uses taxpayer funds to pay the tuition of private school students.  The vast majority of schools funded by the program are religious institutions, many

Patterson Harkavy files suit against the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office alleging First Amendment violation

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed suit against the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of former deputy sheriff Jeffrey Randleman. The suit alleges that Mr. Randleman served as a law enforcement officer in the sheriff’s office for 22 years, with an exemplary record.  In August 2014, he was subpoenaed by the United States Department of Justice

Suit against McDonald’s garners international attention

Last week, Patterson Harkavy filed suit against McDonald’s on behalf of former employees who were fired after being told “there are too many black people in the store.”  The workers allege a widespread pattern of racial and sexual discrimination and harassment at three McDonald’s restaurants in Virginia.  Patterson Harkavy attorneys Narendra Ghosh and Paul Smith represent

Narendra appears before the Court of Appeals, arguing tenure repeal unconstitutional

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy attorney Narendra Ghosh appeared before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, 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 “career status” after successful completion

Patterson Harkavy sues McDonald’s for race discrimination, sexual harassment

Patterson Harkavy filed suit today on behalf of a group of former McDonald’s employees who were fired after being told “there are too many black people in the store.”  The workers allege a widespread pattern of racial and sexual discrimination and harassment at three McDonald’s restaurants in Virginia. The suit, filed by 10 former workers,

Patterson Harkavy files wrongful conviction suit on behalf of Willie Grimes

In July 1988, Willie 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 Center for Actual Innocence, a three-judge panel unanimously found that Grimes was innocent.  Grimes served 24 years in prison for crimes he did not commit. Yesterday, Patterson

Patterson Harkavy attorneys prevail; private school vouchers declared unconstitutional

At a hearing today in Raleigh, Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood declared that North Carolina’s recently-enacted private school voucher program violates various provisions of the North Carolina Constitution, and issued a permanent injunction preventing its implementation.  If not for Judge Hobgood’s ruling the program would have taken millions of dollars that should have been spent

Judge Hobgood issues written order declaring tenure repeal unconstitutional

Yesterday, Judge Hobgood issued an order putting into effect his prior ruling enjoining the repeal of teacher tenure in North Carolina.  The ruling rolls back the General Assembly’s attempt to retroactively eliminate public school teachers’ employment protections.   It also relieves school districts of the obligation to offer 25% of their teachers a small raise if