Reminder: NASCAR Negotiation Competition in North Carolina

NASCAR and Charlotte School of Law are proud to co-host the inaugural NASCAR Negotiation Competition in North Carolina (“NC3”) from November 13 – 15, 2015 in Charlotte, NC.

Students from regional law schools will be invited to participate in this first-of-its-kind legal negotiation competition. The competition will focus on legal and business issues which arise frequently in NASCAR and motorsports generally. Some of most experienced and respected motorsports attorneys in America will serve as the competition judges, and there will be networking opportunities available to participating students, including a NASCAR reception on the evening of the 13th.

NASCAR and Charlotte School of law are excited to present this practice-based experience for law students. To our knowledge, this marks the first time that a law school and a professional sports governing body have partnered to present such a competition. We hope you will join us this November.

JD Career Fit: Equipping Students for Long-term Career Success

On Saturday, February 7, 2015 the Center for Professional Development (CPD) of Charlotte School of Law hosted Session 1 of its innovative workshops geared toward cultivating the practical, or ‘soft’ skills needed to be successful in the law profession. This effort aligns with CharlotteLaw’s commitment to providing experiential learning from the first day of class to add value to any organization upon graduation.

The JD Career Fit program is a requirement for graduation and includes two sessions to be attended by students in their first semester. Developed by CPD staff, the program focuses on self-assessment and self-knowledge as the basis of creating individualized career plans and objectives that uniquely fit the skills, interests, values and strengths of each CharlotteLaw student.

Students attending JD Career Fit first seek to gain a true sense of self to lay the foundation for personal development. On-going exercises throughout the program enable students to establish personal brand, utilize social media effectively, develop their image, and perfect the art of networking. Employers in the law profession have identified these skills as among the top performance gaps they find in newly-graduated law students.

Aretha Blake, Director of CharlotteLaw’s Center for Professional Development noted “By requiring students to attend JD Career Fit, we are sending them a message of the importance practical skills play to supplement academic theory.”

State Senator Speaks at Charlotte Law Paralegal Certificate Program Graduation

North Carolina State Senator, Jeff Jackson, delivered the keynote address at the graduation ceremonies for the Paralegal Certificate Program on June 9th.

The Charlotte Law Paralegal Certificate Program offers a six-month curriculum that includes development of legal research and writing skills, access to the law school’s on-campus library, career counseling, internships and networking opportunities for students. The program was designated as a Qualified Paralegal Studies Program by the North Carolina State Bar in 2012.

One of the program graduates, Johnell A. Holman, noted, “It has always been a lifelong dream of mine, becoming a lawyer, and for me, this was a necessary first step. The learning environment and wonderful scheduling of class here has allowed me to begin a path that will be full of successful achievements. CSL has given me both hope and inspiration.”

The Fall 2015 session of the Paralegal Certificate Program will begin on July 27th.

Charlotte School of Law Hosts Inaugural Queen City Mock Trial Competition

Charlotte School of Law, along with the University of North Carolina Charlotte hosted the inaugural Queen City Mock Trial Competition on Saturday, January 24, 2015.

The Competition consisted of over 60 undergraduate students divided into eight teams from Davidson College, Washington & Lee University, University of South Carolina, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and Wake Forest University. The format of the competition was four rounds where teams tried a very complex wrongful death action.

Among the awards were five top witness awards, five top attorney awards and a top team award. Washington and Lee won the top team with a perfect score, followed by second place Washington and Lee team and USC placed third. The top witness was Jordan La Pointe from Washington & Lee and the top attorney award went to Nicole Provax, a sophomore from USC. In addition to a certificate, Nicole has won a $20,000 Charlotte School of Law scholarship.

According to Mindy Sanchez, assistant professor at Charlotte School of Law, “We were very pleased with our first competition and credit the interdependencies within the CSL faculty, staff, and students as well as UNCC for a successful event.”

National Policy Board Discussion: The Infilaw Value Proposition

Charlotte School of Law hosted four distinguished leaders within the higher education and legal communities and within the Infilaw Consortium on January 7, 2015. Laura Palmer Noone and Carolyn Warner, members of the Infilaw National Policy Board, Shirley Mays, Dean of the Arizona Summit, and the Honorable Shirley Fulton, member of Charlotte School of Law’s board, participated in a series of targeted conversations during the day.

All members of Team Charlotte were invited to attend an interactive conversation entitled “The Infilaw Value Proposition: Growing the vision through entrepreneurial leadership.” During the discussion, the panel shared their personal connection to Infilaw’s mission and experiences of using their individual skills, talents, and backgrounds to drive innovation and move forward Infilaw’s vision. The goal of the session was to inspire each member of Team Charlotte to use their individual leadership skills to foster innovation and entrepreneurial growth within the organization.

In addition to the open discussion, the panel led intimate sessions with key CharlotteLaw faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The first, “Lean in, Push Back, or Lay Low?” was a round-table conversation discussing the personal challenges and triumphs as women leaders. The second, “The Infilaw Value Proposition: Building the Next Generation of Future Legal Leaders” each member of the panel shared their perspective, as leaders within the Infilaw Consortium, of the Infilaw value proposition and Infilaw’s role in developing future legal leaders.

Aretha Blake, Director of CharlotteLaw’s Center for Professional Development noted “The experience we at CharlotteLaw had with these exemplary leaders impacted our desire to achieve the mission as well as rejuvenated our vision for the future.”

The entire day proved to be successful in connecting CharlotteLaw faculty, staff, students, and alumni to the mission and vision of the Infilaw Consortium.

Below are brief biographies of the guests:

Laura Palmer Noone possesses more than 26 years of experience in for-profit higher education including serving as the Chief Academic Officer and President of University of Phoenix. She then became President and CEO of Saras Education, Inc., where she provided professional management and consultation to institutions of higher education, including enrollment and retention support, technology and distance learning capacity. Most recently, she served as President and CEO of Potomac College in Washington DC, where she brought the college to profitability and gained approval for the college’s first master’s degree.
Carolyn Warner, president and CEO of Corporate Education Consulting, has been active for more than three decades on both state and national levels as a respected and knowledgeable public policy and educational leader. Warner has a comprehensive understanding of the relationship of fiscal, social, political and educational issues to key concerns of government, business and the nonprofit sector. She currently co-chairs the Arizona Skill Standards Commission and her fourth book – The Words of Extraordinary Women – was recently published.
Shirley Mays became Dean of Arizona Summit Law School in August, 2010, after serving a lengthy tenure as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Mays currently serves on the boards of The Greater Phoenix Urban League and Tanner Community Development Corporation and is ex-officio on the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Arizona. She is an active member of Links Inc., Jack & Jill of America and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
The Honorable Shirley L. Fulton spent over 20 years in the Mecklenburg County Court System as Senior Resident Superior Court Judge, Resident Superior Court Judge, District Court Judge and Assistant District Attorney. While on the bench, Shirley led the courts in developing a system-wide strategic plan, successfully campaigned for bonds to build the current Mecklenburg County Courthouse, and developed programs to address the needs of non English speaking court participants. A well-respected community leader, Judge Fulton has served on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Task Force, as Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Charlotte School of Law and as President of the Mecklenburg County Bar.