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Elizabeth M. Haddix
Elizabeth M. Haddix

Another Victory for Royal Oak

ROCCA members with counsel after March 2013 Hearing

On March 15, 2013, Judge Lock denied Defendant’s Motion to Reconsider the Court’s September 13, 2012 denial of Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs’ Fair Housing Act claims.


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Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Mon. March 18, 2013 3:42 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing, Race Discrimination

Update on Brunswick Environmental Justice Case

Since our last post, there have been several important rulings in Royal Oak Concerned Citizens et. al v. Brunswick County:

  • On September 13, 2012, Judge Thomas Lock denied Defendant’s Motions to Dismiss Mark Hardy and ROCCA's Complaints.
  • On November 14, 2012, the Court denied Defendant’s motion seeking to prohibit Plaintiffs from taking the depositions of a County Commissioner and the Assistant County Manager.
  • On January 18, 2013, Plaintiffs filed a Motion to Compel Defendant to produce complete responses to a number of discovery requests, in part because Defendant had not produced an entire category of important documents: emails and other internal communications.
  • On February 18, 2013, Plaintiffs filed a Motion to Compel the production of two more fact witnesses whom Defendant had refused to produce on the same “legislative immunity” grounds it had asserted last fall.
  • On February 28, 2013, Plaintiffs filed a Motion in the Cause for Costs on grounds Defendant was in willful non-compliance with Judge Tally’s February 7, 2013 Order.
  • On March 5, 2013 , Judge Tally denied Defendant's motion seeking to prohibit Plaintiffs from deposing former County Commission Chair Bill Sue and County Manager Marty Lawing.

Finally, on March 8, 2013, Judge Thomas Lock will hear Defendant’s Motion to Reconsider. The hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Superior Court in Smithfield, North Carolina.


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Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Thu. March 7, 2013 2:50 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing, Race Discrimination

Foreseeable Failure: Wake County’s first week

Wake County’s first week of school has been an overwhelming fiasco. Despite the administration’s repeated protestations to the contrary, the root of the school opening debacle is the school board’s insistence on adopting a student assignment plan so focused on eliminating diversity that other important values were eliminated too: transparency, community engagement, attention to legitimate public concerns, and efficient resource management. Subverting these core values to prioritize so-called “neighborhood schools” and “choice” has left Wake County students behind.


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Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Fri. August 31, 2012 9:35 AM
Categories: Education, Race Discrimination, Wake County

CCR Represents Plaintiffs in Hearing on Royal Oak vs. Brunswick Cty Fair Housing Case

Center attorneys speak with ROCCA Clients at August 13 hearing in Brunswick County Superior Court

On August 13, 2012, CCR attorneys Elizabeth Haddix and Peter Gilbert, with co-counsel Jack Holtzman of the Fair Housing Project of Legal Aid of North Carolina on behalf the Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association (ROCCA), Curtis McMillian and Dennis McMillian, defended against Brunswick County’s motion to dismiss the ROCCA and McMillian claims filed over a year ago.


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Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Wed. August 15, 2012 1:54 PM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Fair Housing, Race Discrimination

Brunswick County Planning Board’s Denial of Landfill Permit is Final

ROCCA clients and attorneys in Brunswick County after the March 2012 hearing

At the end of March, and after four days of hearings since October, 2011, Brunswick County’s Planning Board denied Operation Services’ application for a Special Exception Permit to construct a landfill near Supply, NC, in the historic African American community of Royal Oak. The County spent $266,000 on legal services in defense of the permit, which, according to County Manager Marty Lawing, was necessary due to opposition to the permit.

The UNC Center for Civil Rights represented the opposition, a community group called the Royal Oak Concerned Citizens Association (ROCCA).

“We are looking forward to an end to the trucks, the dust, the noise and the negative stigma of living next to the landfill,” said ROCCA president Lewis Dozier.


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Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Fri. May 11, 2012 11:22 AM
Categories: Brunswick County, Community Inclusion, Environmental Justice, Race Discrimination

UNC Law School Hosts Election Protection Hotline to Field Questions, Concerns on May 8 Primaries

Law students and faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, along with community volunteers, will staff the North Carolina Election Protection hotline, a toll-free, nonpartisan resource to answer voter questions during the primary election on Tuesday, May 8. Election Protection is a nationwide voter advocacy and education coalition of more than 100 local, state and national partners, and is coordinated by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Voters anywhere in the state can call 1.866.OUR.VOTE (866.687.8683) or 1.888.VE.Y.VOTA (888.839.8682) between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., the hours polls are open in North Carolina, with questions about their rights and the voting process. Assistance will be available in English and Spanish.


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Posted by Elizabeth M. Haddix on Wed. May 2, 2012 4:22 PM
Categories: Law Students, Pro Bono, Voting Rights

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