Melanie Black Dubis to Address League of Women Voters on State Budget Cuts and the Leandro Case

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Raleigh, NC, March 24, 2012 --( Melanie Black Dubis, a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, has announced that she will address the topic of North Carolina’s budget cuts and their impact on the Leandro case at the League of Women Voters of Wake County’s luncheon on Friday, March 23 at noon at the University Club on 4200 Hillsborough St. Dubis, who is lead counsel in the Leandro case, officially known as Hoke County Board of Education v. State, represents low-wealth school districts in North Carolina who are seeking to receive equal opportunities for education funding. This landmark case has resulted in two unanimous North Carolina Supreme Court rulings and the increase of more than $1 billion in funding for at-risk students in every N.C. county. Currently on appeal following the latest win by the plaintiffs, the Leandro case has been described as one of “the most important North Carolina Supreme Court rulings in living memory.”

“I want to thank the League of Women Voters of Wake County for giving me the opportunity to discuss the details of the Leandro case as part of the group’s ‘Timely Topics’ series,” said Dubis. “The state budget cuts of the last two years pose a serious threat to students’ constitutional right to a sound basic education, which was established in this case. I am glad the League is focusing on this issue and look forward to a lively discussion.”

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About Melanie Black Dubis:
Melanie Black Dubis, a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, handles commercial disputes for clients in North Carolina State and federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and arbitration proceedings. A Phi Beta Kappa, Dubis was a John W. Wade Scholar at Vanderbilt University Law School, earning her JD in 1995 after earning a B.A. with honors from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. While at Vanderbilt University, she was the senior student writing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Dubis was named among North Carolina Super Lawyers Rising Star in Business Litigation in 2009 and Business North Carolina magazine’s “Legal Elite” Young Guns in 2007. She is the 2006 recipient of Triangle Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 leadership award and 2011 recipient of the journal’s Women in Business award. In 2011, Dubis was named a Leader in the Law by North Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly. Dubis serves as pro bono general counsel for Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina, has served on the board of Leadership America and is an active member of the board of directors of the Carolina Ballet. She was named “Outstanding Volunteer Attorney” by the Wake County Volunteer Lawyers Program. For more information about Dubis, visit

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