Alumni News

Alumni News: Friday, November 14, 2014

Event Highlights

William Horn Battle Dinner

William Horn Battle

More than 120 alumni, donors and students gathered Nov. 7 at the Carolina Inn for the UNC School of Law William Horn Battle Society Dinner. This annual black-tie affair is held in appreciation of the leadership donors whose financial support is critical to the continued success of the law school. Scott Vaughn '86, managing partner of the Charlotte office of McGuireWoods and chair of the UNC Law Alumni Association Advancement Committee, served as emcee. Dean John Charles Boger '74 spoke on behalf of the school and spotlighted donors Hank Hankins '75, Jeff Hilliker '76, Ann Ransdell '58 and Professor Ken Broun.

"Our hopes and dreams for Carolina Law, and for what it can offer to its students, its graduates, other members of the bar, the region and the nation, soar far beyond what public dollars alone can support, particularly in times when state support is severely constrained," said Boger in the evening's remarks. "It is the support of our alumni, particularly our William Horn Battle Society members, that allows us to reach beyond ourselves and touch greatness."

New 3L Class Gift Fund

Special guests at this year's William Horn Battle Society Dinner included 20 members of the Class of 2015. These students, who have agreed to serve as class gift ambassadors, are working to foster a culture of philanthropy among current students by creating the 3L Class Gift Fund. Benefiting scholarships, public interest summer grants and the Law Annual Fund, the 3L Class Gift Fund will serve as the class gift over the course of the next five academic years.

"I've been so impressed with the generosity of the student leadership donors," John Harris, 3L class president and leader of the 3L Class Gift Campaign effort, says. "Carolina Law has historically experienced low fundraising by its graduating classes, especially compared with our peer institutions. This year, we intend to change that."

"We are already seeing results with this 3L Class Gift Campaign," says Dana Dubis, director of annual giving. "To date, over $10,000 in gifts and pledges has been raised. Additionally, the leadership for the classes of 2016 and 2017 are committed to follow the same model. This effort is transformative in both the structure and success of the 3L Class Gift Campaign. It is a joy to work with students who have such vision, enthusiasm and commitment to Carolina Law."

Save the Date! C-PILO Auction Jan. 29, 2015

Connect with former professors, fellow alumni and Carolina Law students at the annual Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (C-PILO) Auction Jan. 29, 2015, at 7 p.m.,  in the Great Room at Top of the Hill. The Auction, a signature Carolina Law event since 1997, includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, both silent and live auctions, as well as door prizes and special giveaways for guests. Proceeds fund grants for law students who are working in summer positions in public interest. Read more.

Law Reunion Weekend

2015 Reunion Save-the-Date! Visit Website and Join Class Facebook Pages

Carolina Law Reunion Weekend

Carolina Law Reunion Weekend is scheduled for May 1-2, 2015. The UNC Law Alumni Association, the Office of Advancement and Class Committee members are already hard at work making plans and finalizing details. Members of the classes of '65, '70, '75, '80, '85, '90, '95, '00, '05 and '10 are encouraged to visit the Law Reunion Weekend page on the Carolina Law website to access individual class pages which include lists of class members with cities of current residences, links to the class Facebook pages and schedule and accommodation information.

School News

Alumni Needed to Judge Braxton Craven Moot Court Competition Feb. 18-21, 2015

Alumni volunteers are needed to serve as judges for Carolina Law’s 38th J. Braxton Craven Jr. Memorial Moot Court Competition, to be held Feb. 18-21, 2015. Twenty-four teams from law schools throughout the country will argue two current constitutional law issues. Students are working to fill 130 slots for three judge panels over the four days of the competition. The greatest need is for judging on the first two nights. Judges receive a complete set of information, including a bench brief with suggested questions to ask from the bench. Each session lasts one hour, and judges can sign up to serve on one or multiple time slots. This event is a great opportunity to give back to the law school and meet and connect with others in the Carolina Law community. For more information and to volunteer, contact 3L Julia Welch at

Updates and Opportunities with the Pro Bono Program

Pro Bono Fall Break 2014
Carolina Law Pro Bono Fall Break Trip Participants: Wilmington, N.C., 2014

Over fall break 29 students, most of them 1Ls, traveled to Wilmington, N.C., to provide expunction counseling to the community. The group served 121 clients, over half of whom were eligible for some kind of relief. Students also attended a reception with Wilmington-area alumni, including District Attorney Benjamin R. David and other community leaders, while they were in town.

To learn how you can get involved in Pro Bono, visit the Alumni Pro Bono Opportunity Portal, created by the UNC Pro Bono Program. Practicing attorneys can search and sign up for existing Pro Bono Projects. Legal service providers are also encouraged to submit pro bono projects in need of attorney volunteers. For questions or more information, contact the student Pro Bono Alumni Outreach Coordinator at

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