North Carolina Issue

Survey of North Carolina and Fourth Circuit Law

The North Carolina Law Review’s annual Survey of North Carolina and Fourth Circuit Law embodies its commitment to support the practicing attorneys, lawmakers, and judges of North Carolina. By devoting an entire issue to North Carolina legal topics each year, the Review provides a unique service to its readers and advances the larger mission of the School of Law as a public institution. Its annual Survey seeks to combine academic scholarship with practical experience in a format that few other legal journals attempt. The Survey is a tradition of which the Board of Editors is very proud. The Survey contains scholarship authored by students, academics, and practitioners on relevant North Carolina topics. The North Carolina Survey issue is published annually as the Review’s sixth issue.

Author Submissions

We welcome drafts of articles, detailed abstracts, and research proposals on topics in any subject area directly impacting the North Carolina legal community. We currently are accepting submissions on a rolling basis for the volume 92 North Carolina Survey issue and expect to make all publication decisions by the end of August 2013. Please email submissions or questions to

Suggest a Topic

Because the Review seeks to develop current content that impacts the North Carolina legal community, it welcomes members of the state bar to suggest topics on which the Review’s staff members may write. If you would like to suggest a topic for inclusion in the Review’s Survey, please send an email to with your suggestion. The best topics are those that specifically describe a legal issue and its importance to the North Carolina legal community.

Future Articles: September 2014

The Volume 92 edition of the Survey of North Carolina and Fourth Circuit Law has not yet been finalized. Please check back here for updates.

Upcoming Articles: September 2013

The Volume 91 edition of the Survey of North Carolina and Fourth Circuit Law will be published in September 2013. The following is a list of articles to appear in the forthcoming edition.

– Jon P. McClanahan, Safeguarding the Propriety of the Judiciary, 91 N.C. L. Rev. ____ (2013).

– C. Tyler Mulligan, Economic Development Incentives and North Carolina Local Governments: A Framework for Analysis, 91 N.C. L. Rev. ____ (2013).

– Enrique Armijo, “Going Once, Going Twice . . .”: The Dubious Legality and Necessity of North Carolina’s Auctioneer License Statute, 91 N.C. L. Rev. ____ (2013).

– Anna H. Tison, Recent Development, United States v. Lawson: Problems with Presumption in the Fourth Circuit, 91 N.C. L. Rev. ____ (2013).

– Troy D. Shelton, Recent Development, Plain Error but No Plain Future: North Carolina’s Plain Error Review After State v. Lawrence, 91 N.C. L. Rev. ____ (2013).

– Molly F. Martinson, Negotiating Miller Madness: Why North Carolina Scores While Other States Drop the Ball, 91 N.C. L. Rev. ____ (2013).

– Ryan C. Fairchild, Giving Away the Playbook: How North Carolina’s Public Records Law Can Be Used to Harass, Intimidate, and Spy, 91 N.C. L. Rev. ____ (2013).

Previous Issue: September 2012

The Volume 90 edition of the Survey of North Carolina and Fourth Circuit Law was published in September 2012. The following is a list of articles that were published in that edition.

– Thomas Lee Hazen & Lisa Love Hazen, Duties of Nonprofit Corporate Directors – Emphasizing Oversight Responsibilities, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 1845 (2012).

– Brian J. Litwak, Recent Development, Diligence and Digiovanni: The Fourth Circuit’s Interpretation of Investigatory Traffic Stop Reasonableness after Arizona v. Johnson, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 2142 (2012).

– Lisa Lukasik, Deconstructing a Decade of Charter School Funding Litigation: An Argument for Reform, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 1885 (2012).

– Jon McClanahan & Kim Burke, Sharpening the Blunt Blue Pencil: Renewing the Reason for Restrictive Covenants in North Carolina, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 1931 (2012).

- Lance McMillian, Adultery as Tort, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 1987 (2012).

– Matthew W. Sawchak  & Kip D. Nelson, Defining Unfairness in “Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices,” 90 N.C. L. Rev. 2033 (2012).

– Asher P. Spiller, Recent Development, The Folly in Finality: The Constitutionality of ALJ Final Decision-Making Authority in North Carolina, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 2162 (2012).

– Dru Stevenson, Judicial Deference to Legislatures in Constitutional Analysis, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 2083 (2012).