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Wells Fargo Building
150 Fayetteville Street
Suite 1800
Raleigh, NC 27601

    

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1151
Raleigh, NC 27602

(Wake County)
(919) 821-4711
Fax: (919) 829-1583

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Two Tharrington Smith Lawyers Inducted to Rising Stars Inaugural Class

Mary Aiken Barrow and Melissa Michaud have been inducted to the North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Rising Stars inaugural class in 2019.

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Awards Named for Tharrington Smith Lawyers Granted in 2019

The Criminal Justice Section and Education Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association have granted awards named in honor of two Tharrington Smith attorneys in 2019.

Celebrating the opening of our new offices!

Three Associates Join Tharrington Smith

David Noland and Catherine Laney have have joined the firm’s education law team, and Melanie Pfeifer has joined the family law section.

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Lindsay Vance Smith and Casey Fidler Join Tharrington Smith

The Raleigh law firm of Tharrington Smith LLP is pleased to welcome Lindsay Vance Smith and Casey Fidler to the firm as associates.

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Eva DuBuisson Interviewed by EdTalk PodCast on the Role of the Law in Public Education

On September 18, Education Law Attorney Eva DuBuisson was interviewed by EdTalk, a PodCast product created by Education North Carolina. Listen to the PodCast here on the blog.

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15 Tharrington Smith Lawyers included in 2017 Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars

We are pleased to announce that 10 of our lawyers have been named to 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers™, and 5 have been named to North Carolina Super Lawyers™ Rising Stars.

Tharrington Smith Selected to U.S. News/Best Lawyers in America Best Law Firms 2017

Tharrington Smith LLP ranked in 2017 “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News – Best Lawyers in America’s “Best Law Firms” recognizes Tharrington Smith in 8 practice areas.

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Patricia Robinson joins the Education Law Section at Tharrington Smith

Patricia Robinson has joined the firm’s Education Law Section as an associate.

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Gretchen Cleevely Joins the Education Law Section

We are pleased to announce that Gretchen Cleevely has joined the firm’s Education Law Section as an associate.

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15 Tharrington Smith Attorneys Included in Best Lawyers in America© 2017

We are pleased to announce that 15 of its lawyers have been included in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America©.

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Tharrington Smith Welcomes Maura O’Keefe to the Education Law Section

We are pleased to announce that Maura O’Keefe has become associated with the firm. She has joined the firm’s education law section.

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Troubleshooting Contracts for Cloud-Based Products and Services

One of the most significant (and accelerating) technology trends in public education is the use of cloud-based products and services …

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Tharrington Smith LLP ranked in 2016 “Best Law Firms”

The firm has been ranked in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® …

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Dan Siegel Joins the Education Law Section at Tharrington Smith

Dan Siegel has become associated with the firm. He has joined the firm’s education law section.

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School Systems and the Affordable Care Act: Current Issues

As of January 1, 2015, school systems statewide are required to comply with the “Employer Mandate” provisions of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”).

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Education Lawyers support the NCSBA Law Conference

Five Tharrington Smith attorneys participated in the North Carolina School Boards Association April Law Conference

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Tharrington Smith hosts NC Reception at the 75th NSBA Annual Conference

TS will sponsor a reception for North Carolina school board members in Nashville at the 2015 NSBA conference.

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Tharrington Smith Education Attorneys Successfully Defend School Board Against Suit Seeking Confidential Records

North Carolina Superior Court Judge Lucy Inman has issued an order in favor of Tharrington Smith client, the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education, dismissing a lawsuit filed against it by the Times News Publishing Company.

Tharrington Smith Education Law Attorneys Speak at North Carolina Conferences

This organization, according to its charter, is dedicated to ensuring that personnel in all areas of financial operation for public schools across North Carolina proactively build leadership skills and continuously strive to advance public education while demonstrating fiscal accountability and integrity

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Tharrington Smith Attorneys Prevail in District Court

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a lower court decision granting summary judgment to the Brunswick County Board of Education

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Tharrington Smith Education Attorney Carolyn Waller featured at NC Principals Fellows Program Enrichment Seminar

The Principal Fellows Program, which is offered at eleven campuses of the University of North Carolina, provides one year of full-time academic study …

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NC Court of Appeals Sides with Tharrington Smith Education Law Client

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has once again issued an opinion in favor of Tharrington Smith Education Law client, the Vance County Board of Education.

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Questions Answers 2012 Legislation Amending Lien and Bond Statutes

2012 Legislation Amending Lien and Bond Statutes

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Tharrington Smith Education Law Attorney Neal Ramee Successfully Defends School Board in NC Court of Appeals

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has issued an opinion in favor of Tharrington Smith client, the Vance County Board of Education.

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School Board to Clarify Central Office Plan

Rod Malone, an attorney with Raleigh-based Tharrington Smith Attorneys at Law, told the school board Monday he plans to meet with the state agency to get some clarity before the school system moves forward.

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King/Hardy v. Beaufort County Board of Education

“King/Hardy v. Beaufort Board of Education: Does Leandro Apply to Long-Term Suspensions?

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The Laws of School Assignment

Neal Ramee gave a presentation at the North Carolina Bar Association’s annual Family Law Conference in Charleston, SC, entitled the “Law of School Assignment”.

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2010 Fluorescent Lightbulb and Mercury Thermostat Recycling Legislation

“Beginning July 1, 2010, local governments must recycle spent fluorescent lightbulbs and thermostats containing mercury. 

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Jessica Lunsford Act for NC & Board Policy Regarding Sex Offenders

Most importantly, the statute makes it a crime for sexually violent offenders or other offenders whose victim was under 16 to be present on any school property …

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Legal Update: 2008 Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act

While the basic definition of “disability” remains the same, the ADAAA alters and enlarges the way its terms will be interpreted and applied.

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Supreme Court Rules on Race-Based School Assignments

Tharrington, Smith LLP is a law firm specializing in family law, criminal and civil defense, litigation, and education law located in Raleigh, NC.

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Mecklenburg School District Wins $1.6 Million Award

Six years after a mail courier drove a car into the side of a Mecklenburg County elementary school,

Supreme Court Decides Schools Entitled to Fines

The North Carolina Supreme Court has decided that the public schools are entitled to a variety of administratiave fines collected by state agencies

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Opening School Board Meetings with Prayer

In this case, the Fourth Circuit held that the prayers and invocations used to open town council meetings in Great Falls, South Carolina violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment

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Students’ Rights to Counsel in Suspension Hearings

the North Carolina Supreme Court declined to review a decision of the Court of Appeals that examines the due process requirements for student long-term suspension hearings

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Fourth Circuit Sets Standard for Extended School Year Services Under IDEA

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that extended school year (“ESY”) services are only necessary to provide a free appropriate education

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Alternates in Specifications of Materials in Construction Contracts

The General Assembly has recently revised N.C. Gen. Stat. § 133-3, entitled “Specifications to carry competitive items; substitution of materials.”

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Legislative Revisions to Specifications of Materials in Construction Contracts

The General Assembly has recently revised N.C. Gen. Stat. § 133-3, entitled “Specifications to carry competitive items; substitution of materials.”