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Alumni News: Thursday, January 17, 2013

Event Highlights

Alumni Gather in D.C. To Support Carolina Law

DC Reception

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, a group of Carolina Law alumni in the Washington, D.C., area attended a reception and discussion of "Ways You Can Lend Your Leadership to Carolina Law." This was the second in a series of events spearheaded by the Law Alumni Association Advancement Committee and planned and hosted by area alumni. Board member Liz Bower '01 and former board member Mary Boney Denison '81 spoke briefly about their commitment to Carolina Law, thanked those in attendance for their demonstrated commitment to the school, and asked their peers to join them in increasing their support of the law school.

"I ask that every person in the room think about what your UNC law degree has done for you personally, and consider how each of you can give back to those students who are there today," said Denison to the crowd of around 30 alumni. "Get creative and think about how you can make it happen. Let's give back and give forward for all that we have been given."

The attendees were asked not only to increase their financial support, but to help by hiring students, supporting recruiting efforts and by speaking to law students who are interested in practicing in the D.C. area.

Tuesday's reception was sponsored by Willkie Farr & Gallagher. A similar event was held in October 2012 at the home of Scott '86 and LouAnn Vaughn in Charlotte. For more information about how to host a similar event in your community contact Susan McLean at 919.445.0169 or

Annual C-PILO Auction

Auction items

UNC School of Law's Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (C-PILO) will host its annual Auction & Benefit at Top of the Hill on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 7 until 11 p.m. All of the proceeds from the event go directly to fund UNC School of Law students accepting full-time, unpaid public interest law positions for the summer. In the past, the event has raised nearly $20,000 to help fund 18 students' public-interest internships.

Area Carolina Law alumni are invited to attend this popular event, which also supports local small businesses that donated many of the auction items. UNC sports memorabilia, vacation homes, shopping parties, wine tastings, art, ski passes and more than a hundred other items and services will be up for auction. The benefit will feature silent and live auctions, comedians, live music and heavy hors d'oeuvres, catered by Top of the Hill. Tickets cost $12 in advance or $15 at the door and cover admission and the cost of food.

For more information about the event contact C-PILO President, Zachary Kohn at or 301.385.2560.

More about C-PILO

Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (C-PILO) is a student-run group that helps provide grants to students who accept summer internships in the public sector that are low- or non-paying, facilitates a network of support for students interested in pursuing public interest law, promotes public interest law to the law school community, and encourages students to pursue careers in the public sector. Donations are tax-deductible. Learn more about C-PILO.

School News

New Issue of Carolina Law Magazine: Intellectual Property 2.0

According to Carolina Law experts, as the U.S. Economy has shifted to focus on information as commodity, the legal mechanisms used to protect information -- traditionally patents, copyrights and trademarks -- have become increasingly important. Read how our faculty are engaged in the rapidly changing field of intellectual property law .

From Silicon Valley to Washington, D.C.; from high tech to the federal government, Carolina Law alumni are leaders in the varied and growing field of intellectual property law. Read more about Wilson White '06 and Mary Boney Denison '81.

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