Deborah Stagner

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Deborah Stagner is originally from Missouri and received her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Kansas in 1992. Ms. Stagner attended the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was a published staff member of the North Carolina Law Review and earned her J.D. with honors in 1997.

Prior to joining Tharrington Smith, Ms. Stagner served for three years as a law clerk to Chief Justice Henry E. Frye of the North Carolina Supreme Court.

Ms. Stagner has been licensed to practice law in North Carolina since 1997 and is admitted to practice before all federal courts in North Carolina and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Stagner’s practice includes education and election law and appeals. She is a member of the Education Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys.

Education

University of North Carolina School of Law

  • J.D., 1997
  • with honors
  • published staff member of the North Carolina Law Review

University of Kansas

  • B.G.S., 1992

Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar, Member
  • 10th Judicial District Bar, Member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Education Law Section
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, 2000
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2003
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, 2003
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2000

Professional Memberships and Dedication

  • North Carolina Council of School Attorneys, 2014-16 Region III Representative
  • National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys

Clerkships

  • North Carolina Supreme Court, law clerk to Chief Justice Henry E. Frye, 1997-2000

Presentations:

  • NCSBA Spring Law Conference – A Fair Hearing: The Duty to Remain Impartial and Illegal Reasons for Board Actions (2015)
  • Law Institute for Teachers (LIFT) – Violence in the Schools, co-presenter with Tom Stern, 2008, 2010, 2011
  • NCSBA Fall School Law Conference – Charter Schools and Virtual Charter Schools: Litigation and Funding issues, panel member (2013)
  • NCSBA Fall Law Conference – Elements of the ADA: Recent Issues in Litigation over Dual Employment Positions (2013)
  • NCSBA School Board 101 – Open Meetings Law (2014)
  • NCSBA Annual Law School Conference – Copyright and Plagiarism in the Information Age (2008)
  • Principal’s Executive Program – Student Search and Seizure (2008)

Appellate Decisions and Opinions:

  • Everett, et al v. Pitt County Board of Education, US Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, No. 13-2312, June 2015, published
  • Faires, et al v. State Board of Elections, et al., No. 84A16 (May 6, 2016)

Practice Areas:

Education Law, Litigation, Appeals, Election Law And Redistricting

Connect:

dstagner@tsmithlaw.com
919-821-4711

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