Congratulations to CSL Moot Court Honor Board Members Erin Wilson and Taylor Norman!

Congratulations to CSL Moot Court Honor Board members Erin Wilson and Taylor Norman, who advanced to the quarterfinals at this weekend’s Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.

The CSL team advanced twice and placed in the top 8 of 27 competitors. Facing teams from the law schools at Florida State University, South Texas, Cleveland-Marshall, and SMU Dedmon, Judges commented that the CSL students’ command of the case law was “spectacular.” Wilson and Taylor were coached by Prof. Ashley London, Moot Court faculty advisor.

Special thanks to all of the faculty members and alumni who helped prepare this team for competition by serving as guest judges for our practice rounds. This advancement marks the second time this semester that CSL Moot Court Honor Board members have advanced at external competitions. We thank everyone for their support of our Moot Court program!

Banned Books Week – New Titles Added to the CSL Library Fiction Collection

The first amendment to the Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press . . .”. Every year there are numerous challenges to books on library shelves and in classrooms with requests to remove materials due to content or appropriateness. This leads to restricted access to the challenged books, which is in direct violation of our first amendment rights.

Thank you to all who participated in our “Which of These Challenged or Banned Books Have You Read?” poll during Banned Books Week (September 27 – October 3). We recorded 44 instances of people having read challenged or banned books out of the top ten list from 2014.

As a result, the Library is purchasing copies of three of the top ten to be added to our fiction collection.

Congratulations to CSL Moot Court Honor Board Members Torian Giles and Amanda Cargile!

The Charlotte School of Law Moot Court Honor Board would like to congratulate Torian Giles and Amanda Cargile for advancing to the octo-finals at the Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court competition Oct. 9-11 in Atlanta, Ga. Coached by CSL Moot Court alum, Cassidy Estes-Rogers, these ladies knocked it out of the park and made the CSL Moot Court Honor Board proud. A great start to our year!!

Upcoming Paralegal Information Session and Open House

Interested in learning more about the Paralegal Certificate Program? At an open house we will discuss the application process, answer your questions, and introduce you to the program and its components. Persons planning to attend should register in advance for the session due to limited space.

Session: Open House (On-site)
Date: November 17, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 7:00p
Register: Reserve your space
Information session will begin promptly at 6:00 pm. For more information email [email protected] or contact the Office of Continuing Professional Education.

Clinic wins FIVE Successful COR Petitions!

Today, the Clinic made history! Judge Karen Eady-Williams granted FIVE Certificate of Relief (COR) petitions for our clients today at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse! Claire Donnelly, Gatlin Groberg, and Tierra Ragland represented the clients under the supervision of our wonderful supervising attorney, Jason Huber.

Our faithful followers to this blog are probably well aware of the COR project that the Clinic has been working on over the past few years. For those not so familiar, a COR petition is a rehabilitative measure created by the legislature in N.C. Gen. Stat. § 15A-173.2 that allows qualified petitioners “relief” from their past criminal conviction. CORs are particularly helpful in advancing employment and furthering education. After a judge grants a petition, the successful petitioner can present it to prospective employers as proof that they have made amends for their past actions. Because these individuals may previously have been turned away from jobs due to their criminal record, a COR provides many exciting opportunities. Each of our clients today were very deserving and are incredibly grateful for this opportunity.

One of the cases today presented a very complicated issue of law, to which even the Assistant District Attorney remarked that there was “no precedence or guidance for the Court.” The issue regarded whether a Prayer for Judgment Continued (PJC) counted as a disqualifying conviction under the COR statute. Tierra submitted a brief and made a compelling legal argument on behalf of her client explaining why a PJC should not count as a disqualifying conviction. Judge Eady-Williams found the argument very convincing and the COR was granted!

Congrats to the Clinic on the FIVE successful petitions, and the effective advocacy on a matter of first impression!

Societal Impact Fair Huge Sucess

The objective of the Societal Impact Fair was to increase community awareness of the practice-ready programs offered by CharlotteLaw. All 17 clinics, pro bono, and Small Practice Center programs were displayed using poster board sessions. Faculty, staff, students, and clients were on hand to speak to members of local nonprofits, business and community leaders, as well as Charlotte citizens about the programs. The fair brought in over 80 external constituents to the school as well as a local news station. The newest clinic, Homeless Prevention, was a hot topic among the media as seen in the below news clip. President Chidi Ogene commented that the event was a huge success and can be a springboard to more events that invite the community inside the walls of the school to spark conversation, collaboration, and mission integration. Video and written testimonials of clients who have benefited from the clinics were collected to be utilized in further branding campaigns.

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.

Entrepreneurial Practice Portal: Digital Tools and Skills for the 21st Century Lawyer

Because of changes in the legal profession, legal education also much change. Charlotte School of Law was designed and developed by legal educators who realized that old models of legal education must be improved upon. Our mission is to become the “benchmark of excellence” for the 21st century. In an effort to further our mission, CharlotteLaw continually seeks out innovative opportunities to equip our students with practice-ready skills.

In fall 2014, CharlotteLaw and national law firms Jacoby & Meyers, The Cochran Firm and The Chavez Law Group launched a program called The Entrepreneurial Practice Portal (EPP). This unique virtual internship gives students the opportunity to gain experience creating digital marketing programs, using online tools to generate legal forms, and conducting legal research and writing. The program was created in response to employers who are seeking out legal professionals skilled at utilizing the latest technology to attract new clients as well as provide legal services.

One student who was chosen through a rigorous interview process involving CSL and partner law firms shares her experience below:

“Working with the Entrepreneurial Practice Portal Program has been a great experience! I am very grateful to the Center for Professional Development (CPD) for providing this visionary opportunity.

I applied to the position through Symplicity, (an interactive web-based tool offered through CPD that assists students with finding internships, job opportunities and professional development resources) and within a short time participated in a formal interview held on campus, and within a week I received an invitation to the program.

This is an innovative program that provides an opportunity to use legal writing and research on a different platform. Currently, I work with the National Trial Lawyers Association (NTL) researching opinions, drafting, and publishing legal articles on current issues. NTL’s goal is to keep its members current on business and professional areas of interest. My articles focus on the plaintiff perspective and the matters our readers will find important. The topics I have covered thus far include employment law, consumer protection, and products liability suits.

I have developed stronger writing skills, an invaluable legal network, and feel I am so much more prepared for practice by participating in this program. I also keep myself current on prominent legal issues. As a future attorney, I believe it is important to be aware of current legal matters impacting the practice of law.

Seeing my name on nationally published articles for the first time was and still is one of the most rewarding feelings. I look forward to progressing in the program and being practice-ready as a result of my valuable experience in the program.