Alumni News

Alumni News: Thursday, November 17, 2016

Alumni Spotlights

Alumni Impact North Carolina Elections

Election Day

Carolina Law alumni are known for their passion for service, a fact that becomes even clearer during election season. In addition to the statewide senate and gubernatorial races in North Carolina, which saw Deborah Ross ’90 and Roy Cooper ’82 challenge incumbents, eighteen law school alumni ran for seats in the General Assembly. According to the State Board of Elections, fifteen of them have won their seats.

Angela R. Bryan ’76, Tamara Barringer ’85, Paul R. Newton ’85, Jeff Jackson ’09, Dan Bishop ’90, and Warren Daniel ’00 will be serving in the North Carolina Senate while Larry D. Hall ’85, Grier Martin ’95, Joe John ’71, Robert T. Rieves II ’95, Mary (Pricey) Harrison ’85, John M. Blust ’82, Edward Hanes Jr. ’00, Lee Zachary ’75, and Jonathan C. Jordan ’96 will serve in the House of Representatives.

Alumni who have been elected to office in local elections or any in any of the 50 states and 23 countries in which our graduates live and contribute to their communities are encouraged to send a Class Note so that they may be highlighted in a future edition of the Alumni Newsletter.

Event Highlights

October 28 – William Horn Battle Society Dinner

Dean Brinkley with Carol Brinkley and Ken Broun
Dean Martin Brinkley '92 with wife Carol and Henry Brandis Professor of Law Emeritus Ken Broun

On October 28, more than 100 Carolina Law supporters and guests gathered at the Carolina Inn for the annual William Horn Battle Society dinner. The Battle Society is an esteemed group of donors who have made an annual gift of $1,000 or more to Carolina Law.

This year’s dinner honored LeAnn Nease Brown ’84 for nearly three decades of annual support; Clifton Brooks Knight Jr. ’74 and Raya Keis Knight for becoming members of the Kathrine R. Everett Society, which recognizes those who have made a planned gift to Carolina Law; and Edwin Osborne Ayscue Jr. ’60 and Emily Urquhart Ayscue, in recognition of their membership to the Lifetime William Battle Horn Society, whose members include those who have cumulatively given $100,000 or more to Carolina Law.

Daniel L. Colston ’17 and Emma Armstrong Carter ’16 delighted attendees with their moving musical accompaniment on viola and piano, playing selections from Johan Sebastian Bach and Gabriel Fauré.

The evening served as a celebration of the dedication of Battle Society members and all that their generosity makes possible for current and future Carolina Law students.

National Pro Bono Week

Nothing is more important than increasing access and educational opportunities for Carolina Law students. At present, we are doing more for our students with far less resources than most of our peer schools. However, we are committed to improving our standing while staying true to a public mission.

The Carolina Law community came together for the eighth annual National Celebrate Pro Bono Week, which took place this year October 24-28. Allison Standard ’09, Director of Pro Bono Initiatives, describes the week as an opportunity to “showcase all the ways that students, faculty, and staff can and do engage in pro bono work at Carolina Law.”

Events included a Bagel and Mingle breakfast, which afforded students the chance to meet with alumni to discuss pro bono experiences; a pro bono projects fair led by student organizations; and a pop-up pro bono event that enabled students to contribute their legal skills by completing short projects on their lunch break. Throughout the week, students reflected on their own relationship to pro bono by taking pictures for the program’s photo quilt.

“National Celebrate Pro Bono Week was a terrific illustration of how committed our law school community is to pro bono,” Standard said. “Our events were well-attended, and the Pro Bono Program is proud to be an important part of the culture at Carolina Law.”

Looking for a fun, easy way to stay connected to your fellow alumni and the UNC Pro Bono Program? Sign up for the UNC Pro Bono Alumni Newsletter to get plugged into alumni networks and stay up-to-date on the pro bono accomplishments of students and alumni.

FREE Cancer Project Pro Bono CLE

Cancer Project

Friday, December 2, 2016, 9 am-12 pm, UNC School of Law

Register now for the UNC Cancer Pro Bono Project CLE for attorneys on December 2, 2016. This training will provide three free hours of CLE credit on how to prepare and to supervise students preparing living wills and advance directives for cancer patients. The training will be conducted by Madlyn Morreale, Allison Standard and Cindy Rogers from 9 until 12pm at UNC School of Law. Attendees will be given forms and other instructional materials. This is a great way to learn skills necessary to be a part of this award-winning pro bono effort while providing a valuable service to cancer patients when they need it most. Interested participants can register online.

Faculty Spotlight

New Faculty Spotlight – Kate Sablosky Elengold

Kate Elengold

Kate Sablosky Elengold is one of six new faculty members welcomed to UNC School of Law this year. She comes to Chapel Hill from American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Practitioner-in-Residence for two years. During this period, she taught in the Women and the Law Clinic and Legal Ethics, published two law review articles, and engaged deeply with clinical and legal teaching pedagogy.

Clinical teaching has been part of Professor Elengold’s career plan since she was a student at NYU School of Law. “I was hooked on the idea of introducing the next generation of students to the importance of and the means to serve underserved communities,” she says.

This is exactly what she does as director of the Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic, working with a group of seven students who apply concepts learned in class to real cases and real clients. Professor Elengold, who litigated for nearly ten years before transitioning to clinical teaching, explains that consumer law can have a wide-ranging impact, intersecting with issues of race, gender, and poverty.

When asked what drew her to Carolina Law, Professor Elengold’s answer is simple: the people. She describes the environment as intellectually engaged yet down-to-earth and notes how important it was to see how much faculty care about mentoring and teaching.

It is not surprising, then, that Professor Elengold has quickly become an active member of the Carolina Law community. In addition to building relationships with students, she has made an impact on alumni as well, writing the ethical problems for the Charlotte Professionalism Dinner and the upcoming Witt Professionalism Roundtable.

Outside of teaching and scholarly work, Professor Elengold enjoys running, reading, bad television, and exploring area playgrounds and museums with her children.

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