NOTEWORTHY CASES

1992 |
Crump v. Board of Education

John Gresham successfully litigated this case from trial to the North Carolina Supreme Court, which affirmed a school teacher’s jury verdict of $76,000 in a case brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for being forced to endure a dismissal hearing before a school board containing one member who was biased against him.

 
1992 |
Corum v. University of North Carolina

John Gresham represented a university professor in a free speech claim against the University of North Carolina and some of its officials. At issue was whether the professor had standing to bring a constitutional claim when there was no specific statute authorizing such a cause of action. In a groundbreaking 1992 decision, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled in favor of the professor, holding that in the absence of an adequate state remedy, a person whose constitutional rights have been abridged has a direct claim against the State and its officials under the North Carolina Constitution.