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

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

Court denies motion to dismiss Joseph Sledge’s wrongful conviction suit

Last year, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of Joseph Sledge, a man who served 37 years in prison for crimes he did not commit.  The suit alleged that Mr. Sledge was wrongfully convicted because officers with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation unlawfully withheld evidence that demonstrated

Patterson Harkavy files amicus brief in “ag-gag” litigation on behalf of professors Erwin Chemerinsky, Jack Preis

Last year, North Carolina enacted an “Ag-gag” bill aimed to silence whistle-blowers across the state.  The bill creates criminal penalties that make it nearly impossible for citizens to legally gather evidence of workplace wrongdoing.  It applies with sweeping breadth, preventing whistle-blowers from exposing abuses at all workplaces across the state, including agricultural facilities, nursing homes,

Victory: North Carolina Supreme Court rules tenure repeal unconstitutional

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, a group of North Carolina

Court denies motion to dismiss First Amendment claim against sheriff’s office

Last year, Patterson Harkavy filed federal suit against the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of former deputy sheriff Jeffrey Randleman.  The suit alleges that Mr. Randleman was fired for testifying truthfully about alleged racial profiling within the Sheriff’s Department, and that this constituted unconstitutional retaliation against Mr. Randleman. Yesterday, United States District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder

Narendra Ghosh appears before the NC Supreme Court, arguing tenure repeal unconstitutional

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 “career status” after successful completion of

Narendra Ghosh argues criminal appeal before the Supreme Court of North Carolina

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 had been approached by a police