NOTEWORTHY CASES

1996 |
Lassiter v. English

Nancy Walker defended Ms. English in a jury trial involving a motor vehicle accident. The jury ruled in Ms. English’s favor, but the trial judge granted judgment in favor of the plaintiff, notwithstanding the jury’s verdict. On appeal, Walker successfully argued that the evidence established that plaintiff’s injury could have been caused by his pre-existing arthritis or from an earlier car accident and not from her client’s negligence. The Court of Appeals agreed and reinstated the jury’s verdict in favor of Ms. English.

 
1996 |
Shaw v. Hunt

Adam Stein was co-counsel at trial and in the U.S. Supreme Court in a Shaw v. Hunt, which involved voters who intervened in two cases to defend North Carolina’s congressional redistricting plans after the 1990 Census. The plans included two districts that enabled black voters to elect candidates of their choice to Congress for the first time in the 20th Century. In Shaw, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the 12th Congressional District was an unconstitutional racial gerrymander, reversing the U.S. District Court which had approved the districting plan.

Litigation continued and in Hunt v. Cromartie II, 532 U.S. 234 (2001), which Stein argued in the U.S. Supreme Court, the 12th Congressional District was deemed not to be an unconstitutional racial gerrymander. Stein’s former law partner Melvin Watt has been elected to represent the 12th Congressional District in each election since its creation in 1992.