Women in Law is pleased to provide access to Women and the Law, A Handbook for North Carolina, 2005 Edition. Many thanks go to Hilary Dack, 2004-2005 Vice-President of Women in Law, for spearheading the effort for this handbook. Women in Law would also like to thank the countless women in the law school community who donated their time and effort to the updating of the Handbook.
In the eight years since the last publication of this handbook, there have been significant changes in both state and federal laws affecting the rights of women in North Carolina. The present edition is based on law current through March 2005. It is a comprehensive replacement of all previous handbooks, so please consult this publication in lieu of older editions.
Designed to be a "plain English" primer on North Carolina law, this handbook explains basic legal concepts in simple terms and identifies key legal rights and responsibilities. It is not intended to offer legal advice in any particular situation or to substitute for the advice of an attorney. Please note that the applicability of these laws may change depending upon a woman's immigration status.