Ken Soo

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Ken Soo’s areas of practice include public school law, employment law and civil litigation. Mr. Soo was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1991 and joined Tharrington Smith in 1994.

Mr. Soo’s  first career was as a wire service and newspaper reporter in Ohio, North Carolina and Florida, including stints with United Press International and The Charlotte Observer. He received his law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991. During law  school, he was a note editor for the North Carolina Law Review.  Mr. Soo completed his bachelor’s degree in comparative area studies at  Duke University.

Mr. Soo has  served as editor of Education Law, a publication of the North Carolina  Bar Association’s education law section. He is a member of the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys and a regular speaker for the North Carolina School Boards Association, the Principals’ Executive Program, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law

  • Juris Doctor, 1991
  • North Carolina Law Review, Editor

Duke University

  • B.A., Comparative Area Studies

Memberships & Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar, member
  • North Carolina Bar Association, member Education Law Section
  • Wake County Bar Association, member
  • 10th Judicial District Bar, member
  • North Carolina Council of School Attorneys, member & speaker

Presentations:

regular speaker for the:

  • North Carolina School Boards Association
  • Principals’ Executive Program
  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Appellate Victories:

  • Everett, et al v. Pitt County Board of Education, US Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, No. 13-2312, June 2015, published
  • Lorrson v. Chapell Hill-Carrboro Board of Education, US Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, No. 13-2330, December 2014, published
  • E.L. ex rel. Lorsson v. Chapel Hill-Carrboro Bd. of Educ., 773 F.3d 509 (2014)
  • Justice v. Farley, 470 Fed.Appx. 136 (2012)
  • In re Protest of Atchison, 192 N.C.App. 708 (2008)
  • Brown v. Chatham County Bd. of Educ., 187 N.C.App. 274 (2007)
  • Citizens Addressing Reassignment and Educ., Inc. v. Wake County Bd. of Educ., 182 N.C.App. 241 (2007)
  • Nicholson v. Jackson County School Bd., 170 N.C.App. 650 (2005)
  • Brown v. Pitt Cnty Schools, Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Case No. 01-1846 (2002)
  • Pettiford v. Granville County, 16 Fed.Appx. 112 (2001)

Professional Dedication

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Education Law Section, Editor of Education Law publication

Practice Areas:

Education Law, Employment, Special Education, Elections

Connect:

ksoo@tsmithlaw.com
919-821-4711

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