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Alumni News: Thursday, October 26, 2017

Advancement Office Update

For All Kind - The Campaign for Carolina

Campaign for Carolina

The weekend of October 5, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrated the public launch of Carolina’s most ambitious fundraising effort in its history. With a goal of raising $4.25 billion by December 31, 2022, UNC is “committed to much more than just making a difference, but rather to creating a better life for all.” The school of law is committed to this mission and to raising $75 million of the total campaign goal with two major funding priorities: developing lawyer-leaders who impact North Carolina and beyond and increasing the school’s competitiveness.

Associate Dean for Advancement Deirdre Gordon is charged with leading this effort with the support of our alumni and friends. “As we’re facing challenges from losing a third of our state support since 2009, we must look toward a new financial model in which private, philanthropic support plays a greater role," says Gordon. "With your help, we can continue to deliver the exceptional value that a Carolina Law degree is known for and remain competitive in the current education environment.”

Read more on the Campaign for Carolina including stories on our alumni, faculty and students.

Event Highlights

D.C. Metro Alumni: Meet Carolina Law Students!

The Carolina Law Club of D.C., along with law school faculty and staff representatives, are asking D.C.-area alumni to attend one or two events  to show their support for Carolina Law students.

Thursday, October 26 - Happy Hour
Professor Maria Savasta-Kennedy is hosting a Happy Hour to welcome UNC School of Law Semester in Practice student externs - Ethan Blumenthal 3L and Harris “Mac” Watkins 3L at the Department of Justice and Chris Callahan 3L and Justin Mims 3L at the Securities Exchange Commission. “These students would love to meet our D.C. alums and hear what they all are up to,” says Professor Savasta-Kennedy. “And of course, I look forward to seeing many of my former students as well.”

Friday, October 27 - Student/Alumni Reception
The Club and April Giancola, director of public interest advising, have organized a gathering for Carolina Law students participating in the 2017 Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair. This casual gathering, located near the site of the conference at Crystal City Sports Pub in Arlington, will be a great opportunity to welcome and share advice and experience with current students

Savasta-Kennedy and Giancola’s visits to the D.C. area shine a spotlight on our outstanding faculty and staff, who provide experiential learning and great career development support. This, along with the engagement of our alumni, is part of what make Carolina Law great. Each of these events also provides a time for our graduates to meet new members of the D.C. Metro Carolina Law community and connect with old friends. Questions? Contact Kelly Mann at 919.445.0170 or

North Carolina Law Review Symposium - November 3

badge cams

“Badge Cams as Data and Deterrent: Law Enforcement, the Public and the Press in the Age of Digital Video” is the topic of this year’s North Carolina Law Review symposium,  held at the Carolina Club on Friday, November 3. A distinguished academic panel will discuss:

  • The development of systems to create, store and retrieve data;
  • Balancing the interests of privacy, law enforcement and good government;
  • Law enforcement’s need for reliable and admissible evidence for court government;
  • Civil rights officials’ need to provide oversight and
  • Accountability and reporters’ need of access so that they can report on specific cases and on broader policy issues.

Professors Mary-Rose Papandrea, Richard Myers, and David Ardia are the faculty chairs of the conference. Students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to RSVP by October 30.

Law Reunion Weekend

Reunion 2018 is May 4-5 for Classes Ending in 3s + 8s!

Reunion 2018

Registration will open in February 2018, but alumni from the classes of ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93, ’98, ’03, ’08 and ’13 can begin planning their reunion celebration today! Visit for information about being a reunion representative, hotel accommodations, the schedule of events and reconnecting with your classmates. For more information, contact Susan McLean, director of alumni and donor relations, at or 919.445.0169.

Future Law Reunion Weekend Dates

  • May 3 & 4, 2019 ('69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04, '09, '14)
  • May 1 & 2, 2020 ('70, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95, '00, '05, '10, '15)
  • April 30 & May 1, 2021 ('71, '76, '81, '86, '91, '96, '01, '06, '11, '16)

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Recruit Carolina Law Students

The Career Development Office invites you to participate in our Spring 2018 Recruiting Program. Information about our current students can be found on our website. View our recruiting information.

Engage with Carolina Law Students

Let our Career Development Office help you develop and implement a student outreach and engagement strategy. View our list of signature programs (PDF) and contact us for other ways in which we can connect you with our students. We look forward to hearing from you!

Congratulations! Eighty-five percent of the UNC School of Law graduates who took the North Carolina bar exam for the first time in July 2017 passed.

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