Parker Poe’s Melanie Dubis Presents to North Carolina School Boards Association School Law Academy

Partner with Raleigh Law Firm Stresses Students’ Right to a Sound Basic Education in Address to State Group

Raleigh, NC, April 01, 2012 --( Melanie Black Dubis, a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, has announced that she presented to participants of the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) 2012 School Law Academy at a March 12 program titled “School Law Basics: Student Issues.” Dubis led the event with her presentation on “The Student’s Right to a Sound Basic Education: Leandro and Beyond” and discussed the implications of the case, in which she is lead counsel for the plaintiffs. In the Leandro case, Dubis represents low-wealth school districts in North Carolina who are seeking to receive equal opportunities for education funding. The latest ruling in the case is currently on appeal, and if the decision in favor of Dubis’ clients is upheld, will have major implications for the role of prekindergarten in the State’s obligation to provide the opportunity for a sound basic education for at-risk students in all N.C. counties.

NCSBA’s 2012 School Law Academy provided participants with an overview of student law topics in public schools. Presenters covered topics ranging from student discipline and hearings, legality of single-sex classes and other classroom assignments, and student First Amendment rights. Participating board members received 12 hours of credit and fulfilled their annual training requirements, and participating administrators received 12 hours of continuing education credits.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to present at the 2012 School Law Academy,” Dubis said. “This presentation was a great way to talk with school board members and school administrators from across the State about the rights of the children they serve to a quality education.”

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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 United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and arbitration proceedings. Dubis leads the firm’s Antitrust and Business Torts practice group. 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 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. 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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