North Carolina

NC State Bar Opinion vs. Legal Justice Corporation Opinion

On Tuesday, August 30, 2011, the North Carolina State Bar Ethics Committee issued the following opinion -

Opinion rules that a lawyer may not allow a person who is not employed by or affiliated with the lawyer’s firm to use firm letterhead.

50th Anniversary Commemoration of Vickers v Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools

From the Town of Carrboro:

50th Anniversary Commemoration of Vickers v Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools

This landmark civil rights case was rendered from the United States Federal Court in August of 1961. The case changed the course of school integration in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro District and served as a model for antidiscrimination in schools within North Carolina and across the Southeastern United States.

The program will salute the courage exhibited by Carrboro native Stanley Vickers, his parents, and a multi-racial community support system that took a bold stand for equity and justice a half-century ago.

Monday, August 29, 2011
5:30 PM until 7:00 PM
Second Floor - Century Hall
The Century Center
100 North Greensboro St.
Carrboro, North Carolina

The program is free and the public is cordially invited to attend this celebration of history and courage


Monday, August 29, 2011 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Century Center, 100 N Greensboro St, Carrboro

Fracking in North Carolina

My Common Science blog this week in Chapelboro is about fracking  (To Frack or Not to Frack?), a relatively new technology to extract natural gas from deep underground shale formations.  There have been proposals to allow for this tecnology to be used in North Carolina including, potentially, in neighboring Chatham County.  Last month 400 people showed up for a cautionaly meeting about fracking in Fearington Village.

 After reviewing the benefits and risks, my view is that we will eventually need to extract this gas but should wait until some improvements in the technology are made to safeguard the evironment.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

Congressional redistricting - NC going Red

Looks like the new congressional map may threaten the seats of four of the state's seven House Democrats. David Price's seat looks even safer under the new map. But it looks like Brad Miller's seat will likely go red in 2012. Barring some scandal, it doesn't look like Battlin' Bob Etheridge won't be able to unseat Ellmers as her district is even more Republican now.

I guess this is done deal as Purdue can't veto redistricting.

I still find it odd that red, the traditional color of communism, is associated with the GOP...

More here:

LWV Educational Forum on Redistricting

"IT'S YOUR FUTURE: Will YOU Choose Your Representative Or Will THEY Choose You?"

An LWVODC Educational Forum on Redistricting in NC

Saturday, June 18th., 10 a.m. to noon, Extraordinary Ventures, 200 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill


LWV Position on Redistricting and Redistricting Reform
- Gay Eddy, Moderator, LWVODC

The Troubled History of Redistricting in NC
- Bill Gilkeson, former (1985-2010) Staff Attorney at the NC General Assembly

NC's Redistricting Process and Its Status in the General Assembly
- Jane Pinsky, Director, The NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform

Review of the Current Congressional /Legislative Maps and Where the New Lines Should Be Drawn

- Jessica Holmes, Redistricting Organizer, Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Review and Status of Redistricting Reform Legislation in the NC General Assembly

- Jane Pinsky, Director, The NC Coalition for Lobbying and Government Reform

The Pros and Cons of Redistricting Reform
- Bob Phillips, Ex. Director, NC Common Cause

Question and Answer Session

This forum is open to the public and is supported by a grant from the LWVNC Citizen Education Foundation. 


Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


Extraordinary Ventures, 200 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill



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