Alumni News

Alumni News: Thursday, February 15, 2018

Alumni Spotlights

UNC School of Law Announces Annual Alumni Association Awards

Three will be recognized for their significant contributions to the legal field.

The UNC School of Law Alumni Association will honor three exceptional graduates at its annual Law Leadership and Awards Dinner May 4, 2018 at the Carolina Inn:

M. Ann Reed ’71, of Raleigh, N.C.

Jay M. Goffman ’83, of New York

Mary L. Irvine ’12, of Raleigh, N.C.

The awards recognize members of the UNC School of Law community who embody the law school’s mission to serve the legal profession, the people and institutions of North Carolina, the nation and the world with ethics and dedication to the cause of justice.

Questions? Contact Kelly Mann at or 919.445.0170

Event Highlights

Register for Reunion Weekend May 4-5

Reunion Weekend

Registration for Law Reunion Weekend 2018, celebrating the classes of '68, '73, '78, '83, '88, '93, '98, '03, '08, '13 and Golden Tar Heels, is open! Alumni are invited to reconnect with professors and classmates and reflect on all you have accomplished. It's also a good time to participate in the Reunion Giving Campaign. Your investment in Carolina Law helps provide the same truly great, truly accessible legal education you received to the next generation of lawyer-leaders in North Carolina and beyond.

For more information or help with registration, contact Kelly Mann at or 919.445.0170

Upcoming Reunions

  • 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)

IP Alumni and Students to Honor Professor Deborah Gerhardt

2014 IP alumni/student gathering, photo by Elyssa Kivus ’12

Thursday, March 8, 7-9 p.m.
Tru (114 Henderson St, Chapel Hill)

The Carolina Law Club of the Triangle invites alumni to a reception with Intellectual Property Law students and Associate Professor of Law Deborah R. Gerhardt.

In January, Gerhardt was recognized with a 2018 University Teaching Awards Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction, the highest campus-wide recognition for teaching excellence.

“Because of your kind, generous letters of support, I was considered for this award. I am excited about this celebration when we can all reconnect, so I can thank each of you in person for this honor,” Gerhardt wrote to her students.

Messages for Professor Gerhardt can be sent to, which will be shared with her at the reception. RSVP on Facebook or to Kelly Mann at

Pro Bono Spring Break Trips Head to Four Locations

Pro Bono Spring Break
Alumni like Andrew Cogdell ’85 of Legal Aid North Carolina–Morganton volunteer to supervise students.

Spring break begins March 10 and many Carolina Law students have committed to spending their break in service to those of North Carolina and beyond. More than 40 students will be participating in pro bono projects over spring break, and alumni are invited to a gathering with students visiting their area.

Alumni and Student Gatherings

Tuesday, March 13 at 7 p.m.
Various locations listed below
Register to attend

Boone, N.C.: In what has become an annual tradition, students will travel to Boone for three days to complete wills and advanced directives for seniors in Boone and Newland with Legal Aid of North Carolina-Morganton.

Wilmington, N.C.: Partnering with the NC Justice Center and the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office, students will be meeting with folks who have suspended drivers licenses as a result of unpaid fees and unresolved minor traffic violations.  Students will meet with clients, determine their eligibility for driver’s license restoration, and prepare and present motions for dismissal.

Folkston, Ga.: Students will be partnering with the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative project to work with detainees in the Folkston ICE Processing Center.  For one week, students will meet with clients, gather information, and prepare bond motions.

Asheville, N.C.: Veterans Advocacy Legal Organization (VALOR), a UNC School of Law student organization dedicated to serving Veterans, will be partnering with Asheville area attorneys to work with homeless veterans at local shelters to complete discharge upgrade, V.A. healthcare, and disability benefits applications that can grant these veterans access to benefits they have earned but are not receiving.

Questions? Contact Susan McLean at 919.445.0169 or

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