Archive | December, 2014

Job Opportunity – Raleigh, NC

16 Dec

Civil Litigation Paralegal Needed

From Kurtz & Blum:

F/T Civil Litigation Paralegal/Legal Assistant needed to support a civil attorney in civil practice located within multi-discipline downtown Raleigh law firm. Computer proficiency, attention to detail, and strong organizational skills a must. Paralegal certification not required but desired; Spanish proficiency a plus. Must drive and have car. Experience in PI, prof. negligence and family law especially helpful. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to Kurtz & Blum, 434 Fayetteville St., Suite 710 Raleigh, NC 27601 (Attention Byron Jennings). They may also be faxed to (919) 832-2740 or emailed to b.jennings@kurtzandblum.com.

SCOTUS decision in Heien v North Carolina

15 Dec

The Supreme Court has weighed in on a North Carolina case that pondered North Carolina’s law on working brake lights, a police officer’s mistaken interpretation of that law, and protection against unconstitutional searches.

The issue facing the court was whether police can use evidence found in a traffic stop if the police officer misunderstood the law behind the stop.

Yes, according to the Supreme Court. In an 8-1 decision, the high court sided with North Carolina’s highest court:  the officer’s mistaken misunderstanding of the North Carolina motor vehicle code was reasonable.

The case originated in 2009 when an officer pulled over a car with one broken brake light. After obtaining consent to search the car, the officer found a baggie of cocaine. Nicholas Heien pleaded guilty to possession when a trial judge refused to suppress the evidence based on the stop. A state appeals court overturned the conviction, based on the fact that having just one working brake light is not in violation of state law. Then North Carolina’s supreme court sided with the trial judge.

The nation’s highest court agreed: police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law; the reasonable mistake gives rise to reasonable suspicion, and that, in turn, justifies the traffic stop. The 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts said that such a stop does not violate the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable searches. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, saying the officer’s mistake,  “no matter how reasonable, cannot support the individualized suspicion necessary to justify a seizure under the Fourth Amendment.”

You can read the court’s decision here.

Congratulations, Students!

12 Dec

You’ve finished another semester! Good luck with your exams!

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Job Opportunity – Estate Law – Asheboro, NC

1 Dec

We’ve received a job posting from Ivey & Eggleston.

Job Summary:

The primary responsibility of the Legal Assistant-Estates is to take ownership of the firm’s Estate matters, providing outstanding and compassionate customer service to clients, as well as first-rate legal support to the firm’s attorneys. This includes management and accounting of Estate files, research and analysis, document preparation and review, information discovery, and assisting with client intake interviews.

Education/Experience

1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
2. 2+ years in Estate planning and administration at a law firm.
3. North Carolina Certified Paralegal preferred.

Skills/Competencies

1. Excellent communication skills.
2. Able to deliver outstanding customer service in a professional and friendly manner.
3. Positive, can-do attitude, with a commitment to excellence.
4. Able to think independently and make good judgments to resolve issues without supervision.
5. Capable of working under pressure and of multi-tasking.
6. Organized and detail-oriented.
7. Excellent computer skills

Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Ivey & Eggleston
Attorneys at Law
111 Worth Street
Asheboro, NC 27203