Edith Hinson, CSL Class of May 2015 and Spring 2015 Justice Leaguer, has recently been offered admission to Georgetown University Law Center to pursue her Advanced Law Degree. Edith will matriculate this August, and graduate in May 2016 with her LLM with a concentration in Human Rights. Edith plans to thereafter continue serving the underserved through devoting her practice of law to the areas of indigent criminal defense and humanitarian immigration.
Daniel Melo, recent December 2014 CSL graduate and past Justice Leaguer (that’s what the Civil Rights Clinic calls itself in hushed tones to one another), recently joined the Gorman Law Firm in Charlotte after successfully passing the February 2015 bar. Daniel is joining two other attorneys, lending his bilingual skills to working on immigration matters, particularly business visas, as well as criminal defense, traffic, and civil suits. Daniel hopes to continue working alongside the League in pursuing justice for the underserved populations of Charlotte. Check out the Gorman Law Firm here.
Congrats on your success, Dan!
Recently, some of our neighbors “made the cut” in the ABA’s recent video In Their Own Words: A Video Featuring Incubator Lawyers. CSL-grads-turned-solo-practitioners at the Small Practice Center were featured in the video, which provides insight into the uniqueness and experience of an incubator. The CSL incubator, which shares a space with us at 1300 South Boulevard, is the only incubator in the state, and one of only 35 in the country. Three CSL practitioners were spotlighted, congrats to Richard, Sonny, and Issa!
The video can also be viewed by clicking here.
One of our very own, Jessica Petitt, is graduating in May and is heading back to her home state to work in civil litigation. She will be working at Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, PLLC. The firm has four branches, with the main firm based in Charleston, West Virginia. Jessica will be at the Beckley, West Virginia office as an associate attorney. Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe is a civil litigation firm, focusing primarily on insurance defense, but also defends businesses and corporations, workers compensation disputes, and toxic tort cases.
By: Edith Hinson
On Friday, February 13, 2015, Charlotte School of Law’s Law Review hosted their annual spring symposium. This year, the event focused on new privacy concerns of the 21st Century. Aptly titled, “For Your Eyes Only: Where Privacy Ends and the Law Begins,” the event served to edify attorneys and students alike about the evolution of Fourth Amendment jurisprudence as it relates to modern technological advances.
The event was hosted at the UNC-Charlotte Uptown Campus, and featured two panels, as well as a key-note speaker. The morning panel focused on Constitutional Theory and the right to privacy in the 21st Century, and featured professors from Charlotte School of Law, as well as Elon Law School. The panelists discussed different theories of Constitutional interpretation, and why reliance on certain theories produces different results. Importantly, the panelists discussed the impossibility of predicting how the Framers of the Constitution would have dealt with modern-day privacy issues.
While the morning panel took a more theoretical approach to 21st Century privacy concerns, the afternoon panel debated the issue in practical terms. The hot topic was Riley v. State, which was handed down in 2014, and announced that officers may NOT search an arrestee’s cell phone merely by virtue of their arrest. Riley v. State, 134 S.Ct. 2473 (2014). Before Riley was decided, the circuits were split on whether the search of a cell phone fell into the scope of a search incident to lawful arrest. North Carolina was one of those states that previously operated on the idea that an officer could search an arrestee’s cell phone simply by virtue of arrest. The advent of the new rule means that individuals convicted of crimes pursuant to cell phone searches may have constitutional grounds to challenge their convictions. As well as that, from here on out, police officers will have to obtain search warrants in order to peruse the content of an individual’s cell phone.
Between the two panels, key note speaker Karel Reynolds took a different approach to privacy concerns. Rather than focusing on Constitutional theories, or even practical applications, Reynolds spoke on the privacy concerns as related to the Holocaust. Reynolds—who serves as director of the Holocaust Museum in Spindale, N.C.—stressed the notion that the less privacy the individual asserts, the more likely it is that the government will exercise tyranny and take away all of the rights of the individual. Reynolds made it clear that her approach to privacy issues is to exercise your rights!
Congrats to one of our very own, Adam Melrose, who just got a summer internship at the North Carolina Court of Appeals! Beginning in June, Adam will be exclusively working on researching and writing criminal appellate memos. Congrats, Adam!