By Ryan C Dibilio and Robert M. Padget III Hannah P. v. Daniel Coats In this case, Appellant Hannah P. (“Hannah”) asserted that her former employer, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (“Appellee”), discriminated against her pursuant to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Rehabilitation Act”), 29 U.S.C. § 701, et seq., and violated […]

By Mackenzie Bluedorn Relevant Facts             The original dispute stemmed from secured loans made from BB&T to Ollie William Faison (“Faison”).  Conditions of the loan included that, should the loans need to be handed over to an attorney for collection, Faison would be responsible for collection costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees.[1]  However, Faison later petitioned […]

By Thomas Cain and Noah Hock Wood v. Arnold In this civil case, Appellant Wood claimed teaching and assessment materials from a high school world history class violated her First Amendment rights under either the Establishment Clause or the Free Speech Clause.  At issue were a statement comparing Islamic and Christian faiths and a worksheet […]

By Henry O. Hilston The Honorable William W. Wilkins, who goes by Billy in legal circles, was born in 1942 in Anderson, South Carolina.[1]  He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, where his father worked as an attorney.[2]  He enjoyed watching his father try cases in the county courthouse, which led to his childhood resolve […]

By Cole Tipton SummitBridge National v. Faison In this bankruptcy action, SummitBridge National (“National”) appeals the district court’s holding that it is barred from claiming attorney’s fees incurred after a bankruptcy petition was filed.  The contract between National and Ollie Faison (“Faison”) stated that Faison would pay “all costs of collection, including but not limited to […]

By Katy Thompson and Lanie Summerlin           In Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. McLeod Health Inc., Cecilia Whitten (“Whitten”) was employed by McLeod Health, Inc. (“McLeod”) for twenty-eight years as the editor of McLeod’s internal employee newsletter[1].  Whitten was born with postaxial hypoplasia of the lower extremity, so she lacks certain […]

By Nick McCauslin and Tristan Meagher Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. McLeod Health, Inc. In this civil case, the EEOC brought suit against McLeod Health, Inc. (“McLeod”) alleging that McLeod violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) by having an employee undergo a work-related medical exam and by discharging her on the basis of her […]

By Ryan Meier & Jacqueline Canzoneri Judge James Harvie Wilkinson III—better known as J. Harvie Wilkinson—was born on September 29, 1944 in New York City. He spent his early years in Richmond but attended boarding school in New Jersey before earning his undergraduate degree with honors from Yale University in 1967.[1] Shortly after, Judge Wilkinson […]

By Kayla West and Jim Twiddy Mark Lawlor v. David Zook In this criminal case, the Appellant sought a review of his death sentence. A Virginia state court sentenced the Appellant to death after his conviction for capital murder. During his sentencing, the sentencing jury found that the Appellant would likely continue to commit criminal […]

By Henry Hilston and Melissa McKinney  Facts In Netter v. Barnes,[1]the Fourth Circuit reviewed Catherine Netter’s Title VII claim against her former employer, Sheriff BJ Barnes. Catherine Netter, a black, Muslim woman,  worked as a detention services supervisor for the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.[2] In April 2014, after sixteen years of maintaining a clean record, […]

By Jim Twiddy and Kayla West United States v. Miguel Zelaya In this criminal case, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s convictions of Miguel Zelaya, Luis Ordonez-Vega, Jorge Sosa, and William Gavidia. Each were convicted of participating in a racketeering conspiracy under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”). Some of the defendants were […]

By Samuel D. Gilleran Robert F. Chapman was born April 24, 1926, in Inman, South Carolina.[1] Judge Chapman joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, while completing his B.S. at the University of South Carolina.[2] After the conclusion of the war, he attended law school at the University of South Carolina, receiving his LL.B. […]