Alienation of Affection

Raleigh Hall Of Fame

Carol’s enthusiasm for the arts made her President of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society and board member of Raleigh Chamber Music Guild, City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Raleigh Conservatory of Music and Wake County Arts Council. After beginning his career in Chattanooga, Ralph moved to Raleigh in 1973 to become Executive Director of the Raleigh Boys Club. Cates helped pioneer Raleigh’s Citizens Advisory Committee network, and served as chair of the Glenwood CAC. She served as Raleigh Chair, presiding over eighteen CAC districts, and grew to be respected as a wise mediator. In 2012, the Raleigh Citizens Advisory Council presented Cates with its Neighborhood Recognition Award honoring individuals, organizations and institutions for significant contributions to neighborhoods across Raleigh. 

Cates’ leadership was integral to the establishment of the Raleigh Hall of Fame. Thanks to her vision and hard work, the men and women who built our Capitol City – and those working today to ensure its ultimate potential – are celebrated through induction into the Raleigh Hall of Fame, and commemorated in a permanent exhibit at the Raleigh Convention Center. The Raleigh Hall of Fame has been honored to count him as its master of ceremonies. He has served as President of Raleigh Rotary Club, Boy Scoutmaster, and Commander of Raleigh American Legion Post #1. He was a key driver in the creation of the Raleigh Farmers Market, and as Chair of the Raleigh Historic Sites Commission was instrumental in the establishment of Mordecai Square Historic Park. 

As the charitable arm of Kiwanis Club, the Raleigh Kiwanis Foundation deploys their proceeds from the Pancake Breakfast, Kiwanis Foundation Golf Classic Tournament, Raleigh Rocks Half Marathon and member donations to a wide range of local charitable organizations. In the 1950s, the Lions Club created Lions Park in Downtown Raleigh, later gifting it to the City of Raleigh. For almost a century, the Raleigh Host Lions Club has transformed lives among Raleigh’s visually impaired community, and contributed immensely to other people in need. A leader in business, Brown was a founding member of the Raleigh Mechanics Association, an early trade association supporting Raleigh’s skilled workers. 

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Robert Spearman Obituary

Bob Spearman, an honored trial lawyer who led the legal fight to breathe life into the North Carolina Constitution’s guarantee of a sound basic education for all public school students, died on December 3, 2017. During his formative years in Chapel Hill, where his father was a beloved professor in the UNC School of Journalism, he attended the public schools, delivered the Chapel Hill Weekly for pocket money, became an Eagle Scout, and developed his lifelong love for birds and Carolina basketball. In the fall of 1961, Bob embarked on his near-legendary tenure as a student at UNC, where he compiled a perfect 4.0 academic average and became the first person in history to be elected president of both the student body and Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating with highest honors in 1965 Bob attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. After graduating from the Yale Law School in 1970, Bob served as law clerk to U.S. 

Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. Returning to North Carolina in 1971, he entered private law practice in Raleigh. Although he handled a wide array of antitrust cases and other complex commercial and business litigation in both state and federal court, Bob was best known for his creative and energetic representation of public school students from poor and rural counties in the landmark case known as Leandro v. State of North Carolina. The first ruled that North Carolina schoolchildren have a judicially enforceable constitutional right to a sound and basic education. 

Bob’s Parker Poe colleagues, for whom he was a mentor and role model, are carrying on his fight. Bob’s honors as an attorney included his election to the American College of Trial Lawyers and his service as a director of the American Judicature Society. Because Bob loved birds, nothing made him more conflicted and flummoxed than a gang of red-bellied woodpeckers who relentlessly attacked the cedar siding on his and Pat’s Raleigh home. A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at a later date. 

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Modern families unprotected by outdated NC laws

Same sex marriage was legalized three years ago but some states, including North Carolina, have yet to update parentage law, leaving families like Gillooly’s vulnerable to legal gray areas. Today’s modern American family looks nothing like it did two generations ago – women working outside the home is commonplace, same sex marriage is legal and reproductive technology is allowing couples to have children later in life and on their own terms. The law is not keeping pace and it’s a problem for all non-traditional families, especially in North Carolina. Tharrington has focused on assisted reproductive technology law and LGBTQ family law for the entirety of her 11-year career. Tharrington spoke specifically about two areas of family law where North Carolina statutes remain outdated – stepparent adoptions for same sex couples and surrogacy for all couples. 

Stanford said the clerk’s office tries to make adoption special for all families. Tharrington and Pham stressed that it’s not just LGBTQ communities who lack protection in North Carolina parentage laws, and that family law in general can get very complex. Daniel said it’s great there are lawyers who can help couples navigate the legal landscape of surrogacy but said it could be difficult for families who don’t have their financial means. Both families remain in close contact with their surrogate mothers and described them as part of the family. As for the law, both families said they would like to see it keep up with the technology that helped them have children so that other families an easier time. 

North Carolina, she added, is behind in laws that provide certainty, that go beyond genetics and biology and that allow for predictability in family planning. LGBTQ communities have an advantage in the ability to take action in advance of a legal challenge to their parentage, but a lot of other non-traditional families aren’t even aware in some cases that they aren’t represented or protected by family law. 

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