Alumni News

Alumni News: Friday, December 23, 2016

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 Alumni Turn Giving Tuesday into Tar Heel Tuesday

It's a great day to be a Tar Heel lawyer.

After Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there's Giving Tuesday—a day devoted to giving back. This year, the entire UNC community came together to raise more than $500,000 in 24 hours. Carolina Law alumni were well represented, with more than 40 alumni supporting the school with gifts totaling $6,000 that will provide scholarships, sustain faculty and help create new experiential learning opportunities. This generosity shows that it is always a great day to be a Tar Heel lawyer. More on Tar Heel Tuesday.

Alumni Join Together to Support Firm Campaign 2016

Support the Carolina Law Firm Campaign

For more than fifteen years, one of the most reliable forms of support for the Carolina Law Annual Fund has been the Firm Campaign. More than 60 law firms with 4 or more Carolina Law alumni team up each year to make gifts to the annual fund between October 31 – December 31 in a competition to achieve 100% firm participation.

“This particular campaign raises half a million dollars and touches over 1,000 alumni,” assistant director of annual giving Jamie Fleming Frampton says. “That kind of participation speaks volumes about our Firm Campaign volunteers. It's an amazing group. They're so engaged. They really care about this institution and want to see us do great things.”

This year, the firm of Williams Mullen was the first to hit 100% participation. The Research Triangle Park office of Moore & Van Allen soon followed. Most firms routinely hit 75-80% participation, illustrating the tremendous impact made when Tar Heel lawyers work together.

When asked about their support of the Firm Campaign, alumni are vocal about the importance of giving back to their alma mater and providing the same opportunities they were given.

“Our legal education has afforded us the ability to practice law and support our families. As alumni, we should strive to be more generous with both our time and resources in support of UNC School of Law,” says Elizabeth D. Scott '86, the Firm Campaign representative for Williams Mullen.

Each firm has at least one representative who provides colleagues with information about the campaign and encourages them to make a gift. John H. Anderson '02 of McGuireWoods says being a Firm Campaign representative is important to him.

“Many attorneys in private practice get busy with work and tend to forget about (or never hear about) the financial challenges faced by Carolina Law, and the growing need for alumni support in order fund scholarship opportunities to attract the best and brightest law school applicants,” he says. He finds that serving as a Firm Campaign representative provides an opportunity to speak with colleagues about these issues and to encourage the type of support that will strengthen Carolina Law's legacy.

Carolina Law is known for producing lawyer-leaders whose service and contributions to the legal profession strengthen their communities. The success of 2016's Firm Campaign shows that this legacy begins at home with the support of current students.

“This is where we became not just great lawyers, but even better people," says Angela M. Liu '09 of Dechert LLP. "I am truly grateful for my time spent in Chapel Hill, and I dedicate my time and resources to ensure that our next generation of Tar Heels have that same experience.”

Annual CPILO Auction is January 26

CPILO Auction Save the Date

Get your paddles ready! The Carolina Public Interest Law Organization's (CPILO) annual auction will be held on Thursday, January 26 at 7 p.m. in the Top of the Hill Great Room, featuring hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Items up for auction include restaurant gift certificates, wine tastings and tickets to the Durham Performing Arts Center, the Carolina Ballet and local sporting events.

“The CPILO Auction is one of the only opportunities the entire UNC Law community has to spend time together outside the law school building, for an evening of lighthearted competition and good cheer. Students and faculty alike love when alumni attend,” says Gigi Warner 2L, CPILO vice president.

Summer experiences play a crucial role in developing students' desire to pursue a career in public interest law. However, these internships often don't pay or pay very little. Public interest summer grant funding enables students to focus their energies on bettering the community and helping vulnerable citizens rather than taking on additional work to supplement their income. Former recipients often talk about the difference receiving their grant made in the type of summer position they accepted.

Alumni who are interested in donating an auction item or reserving their tickets may contact Warner at Tickets are $13 in advance and will be $15 at the door.

School News

Externship Program - Become a Site Supervisor!

Externships are a great way to collaborate with current law students. Find CLE opportunities and learn more about becoming a site partner in the latest Externship Newsletter.

Semester in Practice 2

Washington, D.C., externs, from left, Abbie Henderson 3L (Department of Health and Human Services), Brooklyn Hildebrandt 3L (Environmental Enforcement Division of the DOJ), and Maddie Salamone 3L (Federal Communications Commission) took time out during their semester in practice to hear oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Mock Trial Competition Seeks Attorney Judges

Judge's Gavel

Each year, the Broun National Trial Team (BNTT) hosts a mock trial competition, supported by the firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton. All North Carolina law schools will be represented, as nearly 180 first-year students gather to compete over the course of 3 days to hone their trial advocacy skills.

Alumni are needed to serve as attorney judges for the Saturday, January 21 rounds of competition, tentatively scheduled for 9 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Attorney judges score the competitors and offer feedback. This is an invaluable mentorship opportunity for 1Ls as they begin to explore possible career paths as litigators and a wonderful way for alumni to connect with the next generation of Carolina Law attorneys.

The Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Mock Trial Competition takes place in Van Hecke-Wettach Hall, beginning Jan. 19 and concluding Jan. 21. For more information or to serve as an attorney judge, contact J. Adam Sorenson 3L at

Advancement Office Update

End-of-Year Giving

A special thank you to our many generous alumni and friends who include UNC School of Law in their end-of-year philanthropic support. We offer multiple ways to conveniently make a gift.

As a cost-savings measure, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be closed Monday – Friday (December 26-30, 2016).  To assist with year-end giving, a member of the office of advancement at Carolina Law will be available Wednesday – Friday (December 28-30) between the hours of 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (EST).  Please contact 919-445-0164 to speak with a staff member directly or leave a message and your call will be returned.

For gift inquiries on Saturday, December 31 (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.), please contact Candace Clark, director of gift services at 919-962-3967 or

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