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North Carolina Judicial Branch — Government Jobs Available Now


Are you looking for a government job that will help reduce the amount of money you must pay the government for your student loans? The following resources might help you locate a state job in North Carolina, and listed below are six NC state jobs that are available now.

How about a career with the North Carolina Judicial Branch of state government! Did you know that the Judicial Branch:

  • Employs over 6,500 people.
  • Has positions in every county in the state.
  • Depends on people with a wide range of skills and abilities to make the Judicial Branch function including:
    • Assistant and Deputy Clerks of Court – Process, control and maintain documentation of court cases.
    • Victim and Witness Legal Assistants – Support prosecutors by providing administrative support, assisting victims and processing and preparing documents.
    • Court Support Personnel – Support judges by tracking cases, preparing court calendars and responding to public inquires.
    • Assistant District Attorneys – Prosecute all classes of criminal cases from infractions to felonies.
    • Magistrates – Adjudicate legal matters involving small claims (less than $5,000) and conduct preliminary matters in criminal case such as setting bail.
    • Computer Technologists – Develop and support technical solutions to meet court workload.
  • Has a budget of over $450 million.
  • Processes over 3 million cases per year.

The Judicial Branch Mission: To protect and preserve the rights and liberties of all the people, as guaranteed by the Constitutions and laws of the United States and North Carolina by providing a fair, independent and accessible forum for the just, timely and economical resolution of their legal affairs.

To learn more about these government positions and how to apply for a legal job with the NC Courts go to their website or contact them at HumanResources@nccourts.org.

Listed below are several jobs that are currently listed with the North Carolina Judicial Branch of state government:

Appellate Defender Indigent Defense Services Durham County Permanent Full-Time $121,737.00 Annually 06/26/15
Assistant District Attorney District Attorney Catawba County Permanent Full-Time $38,628.00 – $72,797.00 Annually 06/08/15
Assistant District Attorney District Attorney Robeson County Permanent Full-Time $38,628.00 – $72,797.00 Annually 06/08/15
Attorney II – Workers’ Compensation Dept of Justice Wake County Permanent Full-Time $65,459.00 – $109,068.00 Annually 06/05/15
NEW! Director Administrative Office of the Courts Wake County Permanent Full-Time $128,259.00 Annually 09/03/15
Magistrate District Court Forsyth County Permanent Full-Time $35,275.00 – $47,550.00 Annually 06/04/15


If you follow this link, you can find additional legal jobs, apply for one of the jobs listed above or just register for email updates for additional job postings as the list is updated.

~Jane Fraytet~

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Need a Break? The Library Can Help with Our Legal Themed Movie Collection!


In 2012, we blogged about the 25 greatest legal movies of all time and took a poll as to which movies our students preferred most.

This time we are reposting the 2008 ABA Journal listing which featured 25 of the best legal movies and we’ve added hyperlinks to the records in our own library catalog.  Take a look and see what’s available.  We might have something that will help you make the most of your relaxation time over Spring Break!

  1. To kill a mockingbird [videorecording]
  2. 12 angry men [videorecording]
  3. My cousin Vinny [videorecording]
  4. Anatomy of a murder [videorecording]
  5. Inherit the wind [videorecording]
  6. Witness for the prosecution : [DVD]
  7. Erin Brockovich [videorecording]
  8. The verdict [videorecording]
  9. Presumed innocent [videorecording]
  10. Judgment at Nuremberg [videorecording]
  11. A man for all seasons [videorecording]
  12. A Few good men [videorecording]
  13. Chicago [videorecording]
  14. Kramer vs. Kramer [videorecording]
  15. The paper chase [videorecording]
  16. Reversal of fortune [videorecording]
  17. Compulsion [videorecording]
  18. And justice for all [videorecording]
  19. In the name of the father [videorecording]
  20. A civil action [videorecording]
  21. Amistad [videorecording]
  22. Miracle on 34th Street [videorecording]

Honorable Mentions

  • THE ACCUSED (1988) Jodie Foster is a woman who is gang-raped in a bar and, when the rapists go free, goads a reluctant prosecutor to pursue the patrons who urged them on. The accused [videorecording]
  • ADAM’S RIB (1949) George Cukor’s mannered comedy, with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as married lawyers who oppose each other in court. Adam’s rib [videorecording]
  • BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956) Dana Andrews is a writer who sets himself up on a murder rap to reveal the shortcomings of circum­stantial evidence.
  • THE CAINE MUTINY (1954) Humphrey Bogart is riveting in this adaptation of Herman Wouk’s complex novel about military authority and moral duty. The Caine mutiny [videorecording]
  • CLASS ACTION (1991) A father and daughter clash in and outside the courtroom as they square off in a volatile product liability case. Class action [videorecording]
  • THE CLIENT (1994) Susan Sarandon is an underwhelming lawyer who finds herself representing a young boy who has witnessed a Mafia hit. The Client [videorecording]
  • COUNSELLOR AT LAW (1933) John Barrymore is a workaholic lawyer who is in danger of losing his family in this William Wyler film.
  • THE COURT-MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL (1955) Otto Preminger directs Gary Cooper in this tale of the real-life maverick general who thinks an airplane can sink a ship—and is court-martialed for proving it. The Court-martial of Billy Mitchell [videorecording]
  • THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE (1997) A new attorney introduced into the world’s most powerful law firm discovers that its managing partner is morally challenged. Devil’s advocate [videorecording]
  • THE FIRM (1993) Tom Cruise is recruited by a prestigious law firm that he gradually learns has a very sinister background. The Firm [videorecording]
  • THE FORTUNE COOKIE (1966) Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon romp in this Billy Wilder comedy about a sleazy lawyer who talks a relative into feigning injury for the sake of a lawsuit.
  • GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI (1996) The true story of efforts to bring to justice Byron De La Beckwith for the 30-year-old murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Ghosts of Mississippi [videorecording]
  • INTOLERABLE CRUELTY (2003) The Coen brothers reveal their take on divorce law. George Clooney is at his toothy best.
  • JAGGED EDGE (1985) Defense attorney Glenn Close gets close to a client, played by Jeff Bridges, who is on trial for the murder of his heiress wife. Jagged edge [videorecording]
  • JFK (1991) Oliver Stone takes on New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s efforts to solve the Kennedy assassination. History yields to riveting storytelling.
  • LEGALLY BLONDE (2001) Reese Witherspoon became one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood after ridiculing the elitism of Harvard Law. Legally blonde [videorecording]
  • LIAR, LIAR (1997) A hilarious vehicle for Jim Carrey, who plays a lawyer who finds he is physically incapable of telling a fib. Liar liar [videorecording]
  • MICHAEL CLAYTON (2007) George Clooney shines in this look at the dark underbelly of big-firm law. Michael Clayton [videorecording]
  • MUSIC BOX (1989) Hungarian immigrant Mike Laszlo, accused of being a war criminal, asks his daughter (Jessica Lange) to defend him in court. She learns more about him than she wants to know.
  • NORTH COUNTRY (2005) It’s one wom­an against the system: The extra­ordinary Charlize Theron plays a miner who sues the company. North country [videorecording]
  • THE PELICAN BRIEF (1993) A law stu­dent discovers a plot to assassinate U.S. Supreme Court justices in this John Grisham adaptation. The pelican brief [videorecording]
  • THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1996) Cameos abound in this portrayal of the trial of the renowned porn publisher. The people vs. Larry Flynt [videorecording]
  • PRIMAL FEAR (1996) Richard Gere is the attorney and Edward Norton a young altar boy accused of killing a priest in a story whose plot twists and turns. Primal fear DVD 126 [videorecording]
  • THE RAINMAKER (1997) Another John Grisham lawyer fights the system, this time with Matt Damon starring and Francis Ford Coppola directing. John Grisham’s The rainmaker [videorecording]
  • A TIME TO KILL (1996) An earnest retelling of the Grisham novel about a racially charged killing in the Deep South. Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock spark. A time to kill [videorecording]

~Jane Fraytet~

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Court to Review Gay Marriage Laws this April


In a Charlotte School of Law blog published on November 18, 2014, the question was raised as to whether the U.S. Supreme Court would review America’s gay marriage laws this year?  The U.S. Supreme Court has since agreed to review four lower Court cases on the subject.  Specifically, the Court will address the following questions:

  1. Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex?
  2. Does the 14th Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between 2 people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

The Charlotte Observer said on January 17, 2015 that the consolidated cases to be heard this spring will be from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and the cases are from the following states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

The petitions for writs of certiorari were granted to the following cases from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals:

  1. OBERGEFELL v. HODGES – Ohio Docket No. 14-556
  2. TANCO v. HASLAM  – Tennessee
  3. DEBOER v. SNYDER – Michigan, 14-1341, 2014 BL 314380 (6th Cir. Nov. 06, 2014) Copy of Appeals Court decision which was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 
  4. BOURKE v. GREGORY – Kentucky

A copy of the full Opinion from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals can be found at http://www.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/14a0275p-06.pdf

(The case that was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court from the 6th Cir. Court of Appeals).

U.S. Law Week summarized the opinions of both the majority Judges and the one Dissenting Judge from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in their November 11, 2014 edition of. U.S. Law Week written by Kimberly Robinson.

Below are excerpts from Ms. Robinson’s published article:

 Same-Sex Marriage Bans Upheld in Sixth Circuit Appeals Court Opinion (excerpts with Analysis) provided by Kimberly Robinson

Regardless of when—or if—the Supreme Court does agree to hear the case, the Sixth Circuit’s divided decision makes it the first federal appeals court to uphold a state same-sex marriage ban since the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in United States v. Windsor, 81 U.S.L.W. 4633, 2013 BL 169620 (U.S. June 26, 2013).

Writing for the majority in the Sixth Circuit’s 2-1 decision, Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton said that the issue is “not whether American law will allow gay couples to marry; it is when and how that will happen.”

The court detailed the claims brought by the 16 gay and lesbian couples, noting that all the suits “seek dignity and respect, the same dignity and respect given to marriages between opposite-sex couples. And all come down to the same question: Who decides?”

The court concluded that the matter is reserved for the “less expedient, but usually reliable, work of the state democratic processes,” rather than for federal courts.

The judiciary’s role is limited to the question of whether the 14th Amendment prohibits “a State from defining marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman,” the court said, not “whether gay marriage is a good idea.”

After applying rational basis review, the court answered that question in the negative.

“A dose of humility makes us hesitant to condemn as unconstitutionally irrational a view of marriage shared not long ago by every society in the world, shared by most, if not all, of our ancestors, and shared still today by a significant number of the States,” the court said.

In particular, the court said that the states could justify their bans on the procreative purpose of marriage.

“By creating a status (marriage) and by subsidizing it (e.g., with tax-filing privileges and deductions), the States created an incentive for two people who procreate together to stay together for purposes of rearing offspring,” the court said.

“That does not convict the States of irrationality, only of awareness of the biological reality that couples of the same sex do not have children in the same way as couples of opposite sexes and that couples of the same sex do not run the risk of unintended offspring.”

The appeals court also upheld Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee laws that prohibited recognition of same-sex marriages validly entered into in other jurisdictions.

Judge Deborah L. Cook joined the majority opinion.

Betrayed Oath?

Dissenting, Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey criticized what she called the majority’s “false premise—that the question before us is ‘who should decide.’ ”

“In the main, the majority treats both the issues and the litigants here as mere   abstractions,” she said.

“Instead of recognizing the plaintiffs as persons, suffering actual harm as a result of being denied the right to marry where they reside or the right to have their valid marriages recognized there, my colleagues view the plaintiffs as social activists who have somehow stumbled into federal court, inadvisably, when they should be out campaigning to win ‘the hearts and minds’ of Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee voters to their cause.”

Daughtrey also appeared to accuse the two judges who signed on to the majority opinion of betraying their judicial oath, saying: “More than 20 years ago, when I took my oath of office to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, I solemnly swore to ‘administer justice without respect to persons’ to ‘do equal right to the poor and to the rich,’ and to ‘faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me … under the Constitution and laws of the United States.’ ”

“If we in the judiciary do not have the authority, and indeed the responsibility, to right fundamental wrongs left excused by a majority of the electorate, our whole intricate, constitutional system of checks and balances, as well as the oaths to which we swore, prove to be nothing but shams.”

A follow-up blog will be posted once the U.S. Supreme Court has issued its opinion which should be sometime between April and June this year.

~Jane Fraytet~

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Will the U.S. Supreme Court Review America’s Gay Marriages Laws? — Part II


Earlier in 2014, I said I would do a follow-up blog on whether the U.S. Supreme Court would grant Cert to any of the petitions they had received dealing with state marriage laws. As everyone knows, the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to address the issue of gay marriage because the Courts of Appeals had agreed on the issue.

Our local paper here in Charlotte, North Carolina, The Charlotte Observer, published an article in their editorial pages recently predicting how the Supreme Court would rule if they decided to settle the issue of same-sex marriage for everyone.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit dealt a startling blow to homosexuals last week when it upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Ohio. But as difficult as the setback surely is for same-sex couples in those four states, it is probably temporary, and it comes with a larger benefit for other states, including North Carolina.


To see the full editorial article, click here.


Part III will be written when the dusts settles – sometime between now and June 2015.

~Jane Fraytet~

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Library Event – October 8 – Navigating the New LexisAdvance: Nuts & Bolts Lecture

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October 8, 12:15-1:00pm

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