Externship Program Newsletter

Monday, December 12, 2016

Program News

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.

Semester in Practice 1


Left to right: Det Beal, Zach Ernst, Angel Rayford, SEC Chair Mary Jo White, James Kim, Fitz Powers, and Amber O'Connell.



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.

Semester in Practice 2

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 Legal Learning.  

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.  

We welcome 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. 

Dean 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

Merz

NPR, Washington DC

SBI General Counsel’s Office

UNC Carolina Angel Network

Veloxis

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/   

Student Experiences

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


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.”

Stacy Kelly
Stacy Kelly - 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.”

Chelsea Parish
Chelsea Parish - 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.”

Giles Beal
Det Beal - 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.   

Stephanie Corriher
Stephanie Fields - Class of 2018
Summer Extern


"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 process.”

     

Supervisor's Corner

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:

https://www.ncbar.gov/for-lawyers/ethics/adopted-opinions/2014-formal-ethics-opinion-1/

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.    

https://www.ncbar.gov/for-lawyers/ethics/ethics-articles/the-privilege-of-mentoring/

Alumni Spotlights

Just hired!

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.

Welcome Back!

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!

Quick Updates

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.

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

Merz

NPR, Washington DC

SBI General Counsel’s Office

UNC Carolina Angel Network

Veloxis

Wake Family Court

Attorneys interested in joining our growing list of approved mentoring sites can learn more by scrolling to the bottom of our Externship Program page.   

Contact the Externship Program


Maria Savasta-Kennedy
Maria Savasta-Kennedy
Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Externship Program
919.843.9805

Janine Zanin
Janine Zanin
Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Faculty Supervisor of the Externship Program
919.962.4068

Rina Lyubkin

Rina Lyubkin
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law
919.843.8384

Melissa Wood-Saltzman
Melissa Wood-Saltzman
Business Services Coordinator
919.843.9702

Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, 160 Ridge Rd., Campus Box #3380, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
919.962.8102

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