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Alumni News: Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Alumni Giving

Join the Firm Campaign by December 31

Firm Campaign

With $981,653 raised from 80% percent of participating alumni last fiscal year, the annual Firm Campaign remains one of the school’s most important annual fundraising initiatives. Reaching more than 1,000 Carolina Law alumni each year, the Firm Campaign seeks to strengthen annual giving through a fun and competitive challenge. This year, we launched on October 31 with a goal of raising $950,000 and achieving 85% participation.

The Firm Campaign concludes December 31, so make your contribution and boost your firm’s participation! Make your gift online at If you have questions or would like additional information pertaining to your personal philanthropy with respect to Carolina Law, contact Paul Brown, assistant director of annual giving, at 919.445.0184 or

Alumni Spotlights

Meet Lawyer Leader John Silverstein ’71

Photo courtesy of the North Carolina State Bar

When John M. Silverstein began his legal education in 1968, he did not know a single soul at Carolina Law. Fifty years can make quite a difference. Silverstein, a partner with the Raleigh firm of Satisky & Silverstein, LLP, just wrapped up a year as president of the North Carolina State Bar.

“Within the North Carolina State Bar, I have had the privilege to meet and work with so many good people throughout the state, and to make such good friends over the course of my time on the council,” says Silverstein. “The members of the council work collaboratively toward solutions, providing what is commonly expressed as the best professional experience of our lives.”

“John was an excellent State Bar councilor, serving for several years as chair of the grievance committee where his judgment and guidance were instrumental to sound decision-making about difficult issues of lawyer misconduct," says Alice N. Mine ’85, recently installed executive director of the North Carolina State Bar. "His service as president of the State Bar was even more exceptional. Throughout his year as president, he dedicated himself to explaining the regulation of the profession to members of the State Bar and of the public, appearing throughout the state at an untold number of events. But it was personal warmth, wisdom and wit that may have meant the most to the many lawyers and staff who worked with him during his presidential year.”

In addition to his years of service to the North Carolina State Bar, Silverstein has been an active member of the Wake County and North Carolina Bar Association, is past president of Temple Beth Or and served on the Board of Visitors of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Research Center. Silverstein and his wife Leslie have volunteered for UNC Lineberger since 1988, when Leslie was diagnosed with breast cancer. “Leslie is now twenty-five years cancer free and we value the treatment Lineberger Cancer Center has provided for our family as well as countless others.”

As he approaches fifty years of practicing law, a goal he has worked toward since attending his first State Bar Fifty-Year Lawyer Luncheon in 1994, Silverstein does not appear to be slowing down. Less than a month into his term as immediate past-president, Silverstein’s responsibilities may have decreased, but his commitment to the North Carolina Bar and his community have not diminished.

Event Highlights

Festival of Legal Learning, February 8-9


We look forward to seeing many of our alumni at the 2019 Festival of Legal Learning on February 8-9. This UNC School of Law program is a convenient, affordable and enjoyable way to satisfy MCLE requirements. Earn 12 hours of CLE credit, including professional responsibility, technology, substance abuse and mental health sessions.

This diverse program allows customized learning with instructors who are recognized experts in their fields, including professors from Carolina Law and distinguished guest faculty and alumni.

We are proud to once again offer Carolina Law's Side Bar Reception. Hosted by the UNC Law Alumni Association, this complimentary social and networking gathering is open to all attendees and instructors from 6-7 p.m. on Friday.


Support Public Interest Grants at CPILO's Auction

The Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (CPILO) will host its annual auction and benefit on Thursday, January 31 at the Top of the Hill Great Room to raise money for public interest grants benefiting students who take unpaid public interest summer internships. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For questions, contact Jenny Cofer,

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Holderness Moot Court’s ABA Negotiations Team tied for first place in their regional competition in November. They will compete for the national championship in Chicago in January. Congratulations!

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