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State Supreme Court Holds Constitutional Right to a Sound Education Includes a Safe Learning Environment

On June 11, the state Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Deminski v. State Board of Education holding that a student’s constitutional right to a “sound basic education” included protection from known bullying and harassment. The case… Read More
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Trisha Pande Appointed General Counsel of North Carolina State AFL-CIO

On June 4, the North Carolina State AFL-CIO Executive Board voted to appoint Trisha Pande as General Counsel. The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of unions in the state representing over a hundred thousand members. Trisha is s… Read More
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NBC News Interviews Brad Bannon About Police Video of the Killing of Andrew Brown Jr.

As part of its ongoing coverage of the police killing of Andrew Brown, Jr., in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, NBC News interviewed Brad Bannon about the applicable law and ongoing demands from Mr. Brown’s family and the community for the discl… Read More
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State v. Steele: What is a Law Enforcement Show of Authority?

“The issue in this case is whether a driver is ‘seized’ within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment when he is tailed by a marked police cruiser down empty streets at 3 a.m., followed into an empty parking lot, and then hailed down by the office… Read More
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National Labor Relations Board Rules in Favor of Patterson Harkavy’s Client, Affirms Right of Elon Adjunct Faculty to Form a Union

On February 19, 2021, the National Labor Relations Board issued a unanimous decision affirming the right of Elon adjunct faculty to form a union and collectively bargain with the University. This win came nearly two years after Elon’s adjunct facul… Read More
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Judge Chris Brook joins Patterson Harkavy LLP

Patterson Harkavy is pleased to announce that Judge Christopher Brook has joined the firm as a partner. He will practice in the areas of appellate advocacy, civil rights, and employment law. Chris grew up in Raleigh and attended UNC for his undergrad… Read More
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Attorney Paul Smith appointed chairperson of the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul E. Smith as chairperson of the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The Safety and Health Review Commission is an independent administrative adjudicatory bo… Read More
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NC Court of Appeals Rules in favor of Attorney Paul Smith’s client, finds officers violated Fourth Amendment during warrant execution

This morning, the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued a decision in favor of Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul Smith’s client. In State v. Tripp, the Court held that the trial court erred in denying a motion to suppress evidence uncovered while ex… Read More
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NC Supreme Court Restores $5.5 Million Dollar Jury Verdict, Agreeing with Amicus Brief Authored by Attorneys Burton Craige, Trisha Pande, and Narendra Ghosh

Last week, in Savino v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued a 5-1 ruling in favor of the Plaintiff in a medical negligence lawsuit, reinstating a $5.5 million dollar jury verdict that had previously been… Read More
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Client Featured in The Nation’s Article on Rampant Sexual Harassment at McDonald’s

In its recent issue, The Nation Magazine highlights rampant sexual harassment at McDonald’s restaurants. The featured article, McDonald’s Has a Real Sexual Harassment Problem, recounts the stories of several McDonald’s employees who suffered eg… Read More
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