As the fall semester winds down, we’d like to pause and
share some of the experiences, events and collaborations that have
contributed to another successful externship season for our students, site
supervisors, and externship faculty and staff. We are simultaneously looking forward to a busy spring semester with 64
students enrolled and placed with diverse sites ranging from the trial division
of the US Attorney’s Office (EDNC) to the patent group at SAS Software Corporation
to National Public Radio’s headquarters in Washington, DC. We will also welcome seven new partner sites
from our legal community who will begin working with our student externs,
including the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Wake County
Family Court. It is our privilege to work with an amazing
group of motivated students and dedicated attorneys from our legal community
and we are pleased to share a bit about this wonderful collaboration between
UNC Law and the practicing bar through this newsletter.
Semester in Practice Highlights
UNC Law students Det Beal, Zach Ernst and Fitz Powers spent this fall semester externing with the Atlanta Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission. While investigating and prosecuting securities fraud cases, they had the opportunity to meet with SEC Chair Mary Jo White.
Left to right: Det Beal, Zach Ernst,
Angel Rayford, SEC Chair Mary Jo White, James Kim, Fitz Powers, and Amber
Washington DC externs Abbie Henderson (Department of Health and Human Services), Brooklyn Hildebrandt (Environmental Enforcement Division of the DOJ), and Maddie Salamone (Federal Communications Commission) took time out during their semester in practice to hear oral arguments at the US Supreme Court.
Left to right: Abbie Henderson, Brooklyn Hildebrandt, and Maddie Salamone
Thank you to our guest speakers!
We want to thank the following site supervisors for taking the time to share their experience and expertise with our externship classes this fall.
Joanna Carey Cleveland, Vice President for Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel, UNC General Administration, Legal Affairs Office
The Honorable Sam Ervin, IV, Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court
AUSA Dennis Duffy, Criminal Division Chief and Senior Litigation Counsel, US Attorney's Office (EDNC)
AUSA Banu Rangarajan, Senior Litigation Counsel, US Attorney’s Office (EDNC)
Stillman Hanson, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Quintiles IMS
Kate Bosken, Deputy Commissioner of Banks for Legal Affairs, North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks
Lareena Phillips, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General - Medicaid Investigations Unit
Supervision CLE at 2017 Festival of Legal Learning
Professor Maria Savasta-Kennedy and Professor Janine Zanin will be
offering a CLE certified supervisor training session entitled, “Ethical
Supervision of New Lawyers and Law Students” at UNC Law’s 2017 Festival of
The session is scheduled for Friday, February 10th from
11:30am-12:30pm and will provide a refresher on the ethical obligations of
senior lawyers when working with beginning lawyers and law students. They will also
share tips and best practices generated from experience working with students
and supervising attorneys.
participation by current externship supervisors – come earn CLE credit and
exchange tips with other members of the bar! You can link to the website at: http://www.law.unc.edu/cle/festival/
Judges' Appreciation Luncheon
On September 7th, the Externship Program hosted a
luncheon at Caffé Luna in Raleigh to thank the many dedicated state and federal
judges who serve as mentors for our students each semester.
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal
District Court, North Carolina Supreme Court, North Carolina Court of Appeals,
North Carolina Superior Court and the Office of Administrative Hearings were
all represented at the event.
Brinkley delivered opening remarks expressing gratitude for the contribution
that the judiciary makes each year to the education of our students through the
externship program. We also enjoyed
hearing from many of the judges about their experience working with our
students as they shared ideas and insights with each other through a discussion
led by our director, Maria Savasta-Kennedy.
We are fortunate to have this fantastic group
of public servants as our educational partners and look forward to many more
years of working together to train and inspire UNC law students.
New Sites for 2017:
We are excited to welcome the following new externship
partner sites into our program. Click on
the links below for more information about each site.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Judge Mike Robinson, NC Business Court
NPR, Washington DC
SBI General Counsel’s Office
UNC Carolina Angel Network
Wake Family Court
Attorneys interested in joining our growing list of approved mentoring sites can learn more by scrolling to the bottom of this page: http://www.law.unc.edu/academics/externship/
Our new Six Credit Externship is off to a strong start with
seven students enrolled this fall with the IRS, EPA, US Attorney’s Office,
Federal Public Defender, Fourth Circuit US Court of Appeals, Southern
Environmental Law Center and UNC General Administration Legal Affairs Office. Students enrolled in the six credit program
complete 20 hours a week on site in addition to their work with their faculty
supervisor. We’ve received overwhelmingly
positive feedback from both students and site supervisors about the additional
opportunities available for students to develop practical skills and gain a
more in-depth understanding of the work of their site through the increased
interaction and focus permitted by the 20 hour a week schedule. But don’t take our word for it, read below
as our students share their accomplishments and reflections on the value of an
immersive externship experience.
Sarah Vega - Class of 2017
6 Credit Extern
“Often when I would think about advocacy I would picture a courtroom with a judge, but there are so many opportunities to represent a client through effective writing and that has been very important to me."
While externing with the Federal Public Defender’s office
this fall, UNC Law Extern Sarah Vega represented two clients in supervised
release revocation hearings under the student practice rule in the Federal
District Court of the Eastern District of North Carolina. Under the supervision
of Research and Writing Attorney Vidalia Patterson, Sarah conducted research
and drafted a memo for the court on a novel sentencing issue. She then
presented the argument in court on behalf of one of her clients and ultimately
secured the relief requested. Through her work with Vidalia and the other
attorneys of the Federal Public Defender’s office, Sarah has maximized
opportunities to develop and practice critical legal skills including
interviewing, legal research, oral advocacy, and persuasive writing. She has
also benefited from the experience of preparing for two federal court hearings.
But beyond all of that, when asked about her externship experience, Sarah says
her biggest take away is the lessons she learned about what it means to be an
advocate. “Often when I would think about advocacy I would picture a courtroom
with a judge, but there are so many opportunities to represent a client through
effective writing and that has been very important to me. The time I invested
researching and then watching my work being presented in court has really
enabled me to be a more effective writer because it gave me more perspective on
how something like a footnote can be argued in front of a federal judge.”
- Class of 2017
6 Credit Extern
"The 20 hour a week experience has not only allowed me to more fully immerse myself in projects, but also gain a more complete picture of the role of Legal Affairs at UNC General Administration. The opportunity to contribute to a final product that provides guidance to an individual institution, or the entire UNC system, has been equally challenging and confidence boosting as I prepare to re-enter the working world."
Third-year UNC Law Extern Stacy Kelly spent the
fall semester with the Division of Legal Affairs at the University of North
Carolina General Administration. Working
under the supervision of Vice President for Legal Affairs and Deputy General
Counsel Joanna Carey Cleveland, Stacy had the opportunity to contribute to a wide
range of projects. As an extern, Stacy
has been able to draw on her previous experience in higher education to sharpen
her legal skills while assisting with various legal presentations for internal
and external audiences; drafting statutory interpretations; assisting with
policy drafting and review; and participating in witness interviews. The externship has also allowed Stacy to
participate in various Board of Governors full Board and committee meetings, as
well as other shadowing opportunities with staff attorneys. “The six-credit externship has been
especially meaningful to me as someone who spent ten years working full-time
before returning to law school. Having
spent this past summer with litigators in the Attorney General’s Office
Education Section, this fall externship has allowed me to continue working with
the same client-base, member institutions and Board of Governors of the
University of North Carolina, but in an in-house counsel capacity. The 20 hour a week experience has not only
allowed me to more fully immerse myself in projects, but also gain a more
complete picture of the role of Legal Affairs at UNC General
Administration. The opportunity to
contribute to a final product that provides guidance to an individual
institution, or the entire UNC system, has been equally challenging and
confidence boosting as I prepare to re-enter the working world. I cannot imagine a better opportunity to
prepare to do exactly what I entered law school for.”
- Class of 2017
6 Credit Extern
"In addition to building on my oral advocacy skills, preparing the case required me to engage in intensive fact analysis, highlighting the importance live facts play in presenting a case to a judge and in the practice of law in general.”
Chelsea Parish externed this fall with the IRS Office of
Chief Counsel through the 6-credit externship program. “Spending 20 hours on site each week allowed
me to follow the full cycle of a case from drafting answers, meeting with
taxpayers during settlement conferences, to presenting a motion at US Tax
Court. In addition to building on my
oral advocacy skills, preparing the case required me to engage in intensive
fact analysis, highlighting the importance live facts play in presenting a case
to a judge and in the practice of law in general.”
- Class of 2017
12 Credit Extern
“Participating in the Semester in Practice program has given me the opportunity to experience the delicate balance of interests involved in working for a federal agency and the importance of sufficiently and fairly regulating capital markets."
This fall, 3L Det Beal spent the semester externing with the
Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission at the Atlanta
Regional Office. Under the supervision of Regional Trial Counsel Graham Loomis,
Det engaged in a wide variety of tasks involving enforcement actions against
perpetrators of Ponzi schemes, insider trading, and large-scale accounting
fraud in a regional bank. “Participating in the Semester in Practice program
has given me the opportunity to experience the delicate balance of interests
involved in working for a federal agency and the importance of sufficiently and
fairly regulating capital markets. Researching a diverse set of securities law
issues, reviewing financial documentation, and preparing for depositions has
helped me to further develop a high level of attention to detail as well
as expand my understanding of securities regulation. Additionally, being
involved in different stages and tasks regarding these enforcement actions expanded
my knowledge of the considerations involved in the life cycle of litigation
generally and the regulation of capital markets specifically.” Det will be
joining the legal department at Credit Suisse upon his graduation this
spring. He will join UNC Law alum Joe Silva, class of 2016, who also
spent his Semester in Practice externing with the SEC Atlanta Regional Office.
- Class of 2018
"Over the summer, I gained confidence and became comfortable with the SEC rules and the public disclosure process.”
This summer, Stephanie Fields externed with the Quintiles
Office of General Counsel, focusing on Securities, M&A and Corporate
Governance areas of law. Under the
supervision of Associate General Counsel and UNC Law alum Stillman Hanson,
Stephanie participated in a formal review of a registration statement (Form
S-4), a required SEC filing in conjunction with the merger of Quintiles and IMS
Health. “I believe this was a great
project for me because I learned a new skill that is important for Securities
lawyers. My contributions are a part of
a public filing for a very important transaction for Quintiles. This project helped me learn how to balance
competing interests. As time went on, I
became more proficient in reading SEC documents and I was able to work at a
faster pace. Over the summer, I gained
confidence and became comfortable with the SEC rules and the public disclosure
Externship Application Dates
Summer 2017 Application Dates:
Applications are due from students on January 27th, and will be sent out in early February.
Fall 2017 Application Dates:
Applications are due from students on March 10th, and will be sent out during the week of March 13th.
Summer application deadlines are approaching next month. If you would like a summer extern, please email Melissa to be added to the list.
NC Bar Updates Ethics Opinion Related to Mentoring
On July 21, 2016, the North Carolina State Bar Ethics
committee amended 2014 FEO 1 (Protecting Confidential Client Information When
Mentoring) to add a reference to a recent North Carolina Court of Appeals
Opinion, Berens v. Berens, ___ N.C.
App. ___, 785 S.E.2d 733 (April 19, 2016) that held that a client does not
waive the protections of the attorney-client privilege and attorney work
product doctrine when she engages a non-lawyer agent to participate in meetings
with her attorney. Formal ethics
opinion 2014 FEO 1 was initially adopted on February 1, 2016 and can be found
in its entirety here:
While the title, “Protecting Confidential Client Information
When Mentoring,” is sure to grab the interest of our externship site supervisors,
the Editor’s note clarifies that the “opinion does not apply to law students
certified pursuant to the Rules Governing the Practical Training of Law
Students (27 N.C.A.C 1C, Section .0200) or to law students who are
participating in …. externship programs … in which students participate in
client representation under the supervision of a lawyer.” Rather, the opinion is intended to address issues
pertaining to more informal mentoring relationships where the mentee is not
engaged in legal work on client matters under the supervision of the mentor. For a detailed discussion of the new
amendment as well as the important distinction between the Rule 1.6 duty to
maintain client confidences and the attorney-client privilege, please see the
following article by NC State Bar Assistant Ethics Counsel, Suzanne Lever, from
the Fall 2016 edition of the NC State Bar Journal.
Congratulations are in order for the following extern alumni
who have been offered permanent employment with their externship sites:
John Dougherty (UNC Law 2014) has accepted a permanent position with his externship site, UNC General Administration Legal Affairs, in Chapel Hill.
Nadia Luhr (UNC Law 2011) has returned to work at her externship site, Southern Environmental Law Center, in Chapel Hill.
Melissa Jarel (UNC Law 2016) is now working for her former Externship Supervisor, Noel Barnard, at Veloxis in Cary.
Anna Orr (UNC Law 2015) has been hired by her externship site, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, in Hillsborough.
David Welch (UNC Law 2016) has been hired by his externship site, the Wake County District Attorney's Office, in Raleigh.
One of the many rewarding aspects of working with the
Externship program is seeing our former students come full circle and return as
site supervisors. Having experienced the
“extern perspective,” these alumni often become some of our most engaged and
dedicated supervisors. Please join us in welcoming these generous
alumni into our community of site supervisors:
Kat Slager (UNC Law 2013) - Disability Rights North Carolina
Andrew Kasper (UNC Law 2012) - Senior Clerk, Chambers of the Honorable James Wynn, Jr., US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
Bethan Eynon (UNC Law 2012) - Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Jocelyn Mitnaul (UNC Law 2014) - US Air Force - JAG
Vernetta Alston (UNC Law 2009) - Center for Death Penalty Litigation
Amily McCool (UNC Law 2008) - NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Lareena Phillips (UNC Law 2007) - NC Attorney General's Office, Medicaid Investigations Unit
Bryan McGann (UNC Law 2001) - UNC Chapel Hill, Carolina Angel Network
Please let us know if you have hired a recent extern, or if you are a former extern now working at your site, we appreciate extern updates!