Charlotte Law Library News – Your Source for Charlotte Law Library News

April 17, 2012

As much as those of us in the Civil Rights Clinic would like you to think that we’re the blogging trendsetters of the Charlotte Law community, another blog actually holds that title. The Charlotte Law Library News blog was the very first Charlotte Law blog. Established and run by the Charlotte Law Library faculty and staff, the blog is a great source for legal research resources, library news updates, Murphy’s Law School legal comic strip, and more.

One of our favorite features at the Library blog is the ALR Student’s Corner. Students enrolled in Advanced Legal Research classes are invited to create a blog entry about a particular research or information resource. The Clinic’s own Charlie Schmidt authored an entry about Bloomberg BNA Legal Portfolios. These entries are great ways to find research tools that you may never have known about otherwise.

For a little comic relief (who says librarians aren’t any fun?), the Library blog periodically features Murphy’s Law School, a legal themed comic strip. The latest issue highlights the peril of mixing overworked law professors with indignant law students.

The Library blog also is a great source for legal events, library information, and general career and practice advice. I bet you didn’t know the library rents DVDs. They also provide some great advice on writing cover letters, and even give information about fun things to do around Charlotte.

The Civil Right Clinic would not be able to do what we do without help from the Library faculty and staff. They always know just where to find the answers to our complex or obscure legal questions. So if you enjoy the Clinic’s blog, please take the time to learn more about the school’s library. They are by far one of the school’s most valuable resources.

Check out the Charlotte Law Library News blog at

Legal Dose – Episode 4

April 16, 2012

This week on the Legal Dose: co-hosts Jordan Dupuis and Michael Antypas have a conversation on the Civil Rights Clinic’s Release Dismissal project with Windy Majer and Jordan. Also, we have conversations with Charlotte City Council member Mr. David Howard and one of the attorneys for Charlotte Occupy movement, Ken Davies. The episode concludes with Legal Dose’s feature series Get to Know a Professor with new clinic professor Rocky Cabagnot.

You can get your fix here:

We hope you enjoy this week’s edition of the Legal Dose!

Clinic Member Karen Vaughn Recognized as a Pillar of Professionalism

April 13, 2012

The Got Pro Award is given monthly to a student who exemplifies the ideals of professionalism, in all their interactions and service to the Charlotte Law community. Clinic member Karen Vaughn is last month’s winner.

Karen is a spring start 3L in her second semester with the Civil Rights Clinic. She is originally from Minnesota but has called North Carolina home for fourteen years. She is the mother of three and a former teacher for the North Carolina school system.  Karen’s passion is education law but would be thrilled to work in any area of law that assists marginalized populations.  Her legal career involves working for The Council for Children’s Rights, and Legal Aid of NC. Karen’s most significant work in the Clinic as been to create a project that trains students to be hearing officers at Section 8 termination hearings.

Congratulations Karen!

Charlotte Law to Host A Planning Meeting of the Coalition to Protest the DNC

April 12, 2012

The Coalition to Protest the DNC will host its upcoming regional planning meeting at the Charlotte School of Law on Saturday, April 14, 2012.  The Coalition is a grassroots organization created to share information and resources for community and political groups planning to protest at the upcoming Democratic National Convention to be held in Charlotte, NC in September or this year.

Learn more about the coalition here:

Members of the coalition include:

  • May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights in New York City
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), Baltimore Chapter
  • Moratorium Now!  from Detroit, MI
  • Students for a Democratic Society chapters
  • The Occupy 4 Jobs Network
  • United 4 the Dream, Charlotte
  • Occupy Atlanta, Occupy Asheville, Occupy Durham, Occupy Greensboro, Occupy Winston-Salem, Occupy Chapel Hill, Occupy Raleigh, Occupy Columbia, Occupy Charlotte + more
  • The Bill of Rights Defense Committee
  • The National Lawyers Guild

+ many more!

The Civil Rights Clinic of the Charlotte School of Law offered to host the upcoming meeting on Saturday, April 14th in order to support the efforts of the group and work to ensure police and city officials do not infringe upon the civil rights of demonstrators at the DNC.

The Civil Rights Clinic continues its work to monitor city, state and federal officials as the date of the DNC approaches.  To see more about the work the Clinic is doing as a run-up to the convention, check out our some of our earlier posts here, and here.

To find out more about the Coalition to Protest the DNC, or to get involved, please visit their website above, email, or find them on Facebook at

Clinic Member Ashely Washington Part of First CSL Team to Participate in Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International Mock Trial Competition

April 11, 2012

The Charlotte School of Law Alexander Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta sent its first-ever mock trial team to compete in Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International’s National Competition for P.A.D Law School Chapters in Arlington, Virginia March 8-10, 2012.

The Phi Alpha Delta Mock Trial Competition convenes annually to give PAD Law School Chapters the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of trial procedures in competition with fellow PAD members nationwide.  This year, thirty-two teams from across the nation gathered together to compete.

The students who competed were Casey Calloway (2L), Preston Hilton (2L), Corey Stokes (2L), and Ashely Washington (2L).

Phi Alpha Delta’s team advanced to the second day of competition, beating teams from American University Washington College of Law, DePaul University, and the University of Minnesota.  Overall, Phi Alpha Delta’s team finished 11 out of the 32 teams that competed.

Phi Alpha Delta is very proud of its mock trial team and their accomplishments! They would like to express sincere gratitude to all who helped them achieve this success. Special thanks go to the Alexander Chapter, the Charlotte School of Law SBA, Professor Robert Corbett, and Chapter Chief Justice, Kristie Scott.

From Left to Right: Casey Calloway, Ashely Washington, Corey Stokes, Preston Hilton

Several Clinic Members Recognized at CSL Award Ceremony

April 10, 2012

Several Civil Rights Clinic members were recently recognized at Charlotte Law’s 2011-2012 Awards and Recognition Ceremony. At the ceremony, various awards are given out to members of the Charlotte Law community in recognition of their achievements over the past year. The Clinic members recognized this year are:

John Sulau was awarded the Steven A. Bimbo Leadership Award. The award is presented to the student who exemplifies the ideals of professionalism in all of their interactions with and service to the Law Review and the CharlotteLaw community. John worked hard to plan and execute the Charlotte Law Review’s annual symposium this year.

Evan Carney was awarded the Practice Readiness Clinical Award. The award is presented to the student who has demonstrated skills, professionalism, and excellence in a clinical or field program.

Ashely Washington was awarded the Dean’s Leadership Award. This award is presented to the student who best exemplifies CharlotteLaw’s humility-based culture through service to the campus community.

Professor Jason Huber, the Clinic’s supervising attorney, was awarded the Black Law Students Association MLK “Living the Dream” Faculty Award. This award is presented to members of the CharlotteLaw community who best exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their leadership, service, and contribution to the law school and community.

Charlie Schmidt and Evan Carney were also awarded CALI awards. These awards are given to students that earn the highest grade in each course section each semester.

Congratulations to the Clinic members and all of this years award recipients!

Clinic Member Windy Majer Helps Lead Team to Mock Trial Success

April 5, 2012
From left to right: Kristie Scott, Johnathan Pennington, Windy Majer, and Joshua Perlman

Clinic member Windy Majer competed with three other CSL trial team members in The South Texas Mock Trial Challenge hosted by South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas on March 29th through April 1st.  Trial team members Windy Majer, Johnathan Pennington, Joshua Perlman, and Kristie Scott represented Charlotte School of Law against approximately forty other teams.

In the preliminary rounds, CSL went up against Fordham University School of Law, Brooklyn Law School of Law, and Golden Gate University.  These preliminary rounds were presided over and scored by prestigious judges, including Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina.  After an exceptional performance, CSL was able to advance to the Octofinal Rounds.  Advancing with them were teams from American University, DC; Campbell, NC; Brooklyn Law School, NY; Fordham University, NY; Georgetown, DC; Northern Kentucky University, KY; Nova Southeastern University, FL; Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, AL; Texas Southern University, TX; The University of California, Hastings; University of Georgia; University of Houston; and the University of Maryland.  CSL faced off  against Georgetown in the Octofinals.  Georgetown won the round and went on to win the entire competition.

The team represented CSL well by displaying strong advocacy skills and improvement in the courtroom in every round.  The team brought back a trophy for the school that sent the message to every school that was present for the competition  – CSL’s trial team is a major contender and is a team to watch out for next year.

The team was coached by Professor Robert Corbett, Kyle Payne, Christine Volponi, and Professor Mark Matthews who accompanied the team to TX.  Mr. Payne and Mrs. Volponi are both CSL graduates and former trial team members.

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