Melanie Black Dubis Appointed To Greater Raleigh Chamber Of Commerce Education Committee
Parker Poe Attorney Selected To Serve On Committee Dedicated To Improving Local School System.
- Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) September 17, 2010 - Melanie Black Dubis, a partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP, was recently appointed to the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee. The Education Committee works with various education groups, including the Wake County Public School System, to share ideas on how to continue to improve our school system.
Dubis brings a unique perspective to the committee through her experience as counsel in Hoke County Board of Education v. State, a case in which Dubis represented low-wealth school districts in what has been described as one of "the most important North Carolina Supreme Court rulings in living memory." The case established the state constitutional right to a sound basic education for all public school students in North Carolina. After a five-week trial, the trial court ruled in the plaintiff low-wealth school districts' favor. The trial court's rulings were largely upheld by the Supreme Court in 2004. Since 2004, the case has resulted in an increase of more than $1 billion in funding for at-risk students in every county of North Carolina.
"I am honored to be appointed to the Great Raleigh Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee," said Dubis. "Through my experience with the low-wealth schools North Carolina Supreme Court case, I have learned how crucial it is that all children, especially at-risk children, have a quality education, and I am committed to serving the committee however I can."
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- Dubis also serves on the board of directors for the Carolina Ballet and has been the Development Committee co-chair for the past two years.
- She has served on the board of Leadership America for two years. This nonprofit organization was established in 1988 to recognize and bring together women of accomplishment who have achieved success in their professions, communities and beyond.
- The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is the Triangle's largest business membership organization, made up of more than 2,500 member firms representing two-thirds of the private sector employment in Wake County. For more information about the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce visit http://www.raleighchamber.org.
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 http://www.parkerpoe.com.
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