Michael Crowell

A native of Mississippi and a graduate of the University  of North Carolina and Harvard Law School, Michael Crowell came to  Tharrington Smith in 1985. Before that he was a professor of  public law and government at the Institute of Government in Chapel Hill,  during which time he also served as director of bill drafting for the  North Carolina General Assembly and as a consultant to legislative  committees and study commissions dealing with election laws, employment  discrimination and rewrites of the criminal code and ABC laws.

Mr. Crowell�s areas of practice include local government law, voting rights, election protests, administrative  law, appeals and legislation. He is general counsel to the North  Carolina Nurses Association and North Carolina Beer & Wine  Wholesalers Association. He also is a certified mediator.

Significant appellate court cases Mr. Crowell has  argued include Craven County Board of Education v. Boyles, 343 NC  87 (1996) (state agency fines go to public schools); Brannon v. North  Carolina State Board of Elections, 331 NC 335 (1992) (judges  appointed to fill vacancies serve only unexpired terms); Moore v.  Knightdale Board of Elections, 331 NC 1 (1992) (legislature cannot  require resignation from council seat to run for mayor); Lewis v.  Alamance County, N.C., 99 F3d 600 (4th Cir. 1996),  cert. denied, 520 US 1229 (1997) (success of minority candidates  negates Voting Rights Act claim); and McGhee v. Granville County, N.C.,  860 F2d 110 (4th Cir. 1987) (federal court must accept lawful  county plan to correct Voting Rights Act violation).

Mr. Crowell has been licensed to practice law in North  Carolina since 1971 and is admitted to practice before all federal  courts in North Carolina, the District of Columbia and Fourth Circuit  Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a member  of the North Carolina and Wake County bar associations; chaired the  Administrative Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association in  1991-92. He served on the American  Bar Association�s Ad Hoc Committee on State Justice Initiative in  1996-97. From 1994 through 1996 he served as director of the Commission  for the Future of Justice and the Courts in North Carolina.

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