Alumni News

Alumni News: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Alumni Spotlights

Carolina Law Honors Distinguished Alumni

Hank Hankins
Irvin W. "Hank" Hankins III '75
Bonnie Weyher
Barbara B. "Bonnie" Weyher '77
Lindsey Roberson
Lindsey Roberson '07
The UNC School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors is proud to announce its alumni award recipients for 2014. The school and the Law Alumni Association will honor three exceptional graduates at the annual Law Alumni Weekend Leadership and Awards Dinner, Thursday, April 10, 2014. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Irvin W. "Hank" Hankins '75, partner and general counsel at Parker Poe in Charlotte, N.C. The Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented to Barbara "Bonnie" Weyher '77, founding partner at Yates, McLamb and Weyher in Raleigh, N.C. The Outstanding Recent Graduate Award will be presented to Lindsey Roberson '07, assistant district attorney in New Hanover County, N.C.

"We have many distinguished alumni, and it is a delight to recognize a selection of them during Law Alumni Weekend," says John Charles "Jack" Boger '74, dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law. "These three remarkable individuals represent the work and dedication of our more than 10,000 living alumni nationwide."

Read more about our 2014 alumni award winners.

Everett Family Meets with Scholarship Recipients

Scholarship Recipients
Dean Boger with Lynn Everett and hers sons, Rob, Luke and Greg and current scholarship recipients.

Created in June 2012 by the Kathrine R. Everett Charitable Trust, the Everett Chancellors' Scholarship endowment distributed its initial scholarship awards in the 2013-14 academic year. To celebrate this important milestone, members of the Everett Family who attended Carolina Law's annual Scholarship Stewardship Luncheon, met privately with this year's scholarship recipients. Kathrine R. Everett '20, was one of the first women to graduate from UNC School of Law, where she ranked at the head of her class, and she earned the top score on the state bar exam in 1920. She was the first women to argue and win a case before the N.C. Supreme Court. She practiced law in Durham, N.C., until age 97.

Read more about Kathrine R. Everett.

Event Highlights

Scholarship Donors Celebrated at Annual Luncheon

Scholarship Donors
2L Allen Buansi speaks to fellow students and donors at annual Scholarship Stewardship Luncheon

On Friday, January 31, UNC School of Law hosted its annual luncheon honoring scholarship recipients, public interest summer grant recipients and the generous donors who make these awards possible. The luncheon included 80 students and 40 alumni. At each of the 16 tables, one student spoke about the impact their scholarship has had on them. "I am tremendously honored and grateful to be here at Carolina Law," said second-year law student Kathryn Dawn Milam. "Law school would not have been an option for me without a scholarship." Students thanked the donors personally and also committed to "give back" to the school as alumni financially and/or through public service.

Dean Boger welcomed the group on behalf of the law school and shared a video that highlighted the importance of scholarships to our students.

2014 Witt Professionalism Roundtable

Witt Professionalism Roundtable
3L Drew Hargrove confers with N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Sarah Parker

The Witt Professionalism Roundtable was held Wednesday, February 5 at The Carolina Club. For this annual event, participating students, faculty, practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary are provided an ethical problem with the accompanying N.C. State Bar rules for professional conduct to review prior to the event. Over dinner, the problem and related issues are discussed and then one student at each table is selected to share their group's conclusions.

Carolina Law is able to offer this prestigious event free of charge and offer 1.5 units of professional responsibility Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit through the gracious funding provided by the Raymond B. Witt Professionalism Endowment. Scott and Danielle Bagley attended this year's event on behalf of the Witt family. Dean Boger welcomed the following program participants: Richard Myers, associate dean for Student Affairs and Henry Brandis Professor of Law, the author of the 2014 problem; Melvin Wright, executive director of the North Carolina Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism and adjunct professor of law; and Leslie Packer '86, managing partner at Ellis & Winters and vice president of the UNC Law Alumni Association, who delivered remarks on professionalism.

Reception Honoring Carolina Law's Leadership in the North Carolina State Bar

Reception

Carolina Law alumni and friends gathered at a reception celebrating the N.C. State Bar's commitment to excellence and honoring UNC School of Law's tradition of leadership within the State Bar. Held in conjunction with the quarterly meeting of the Bar, and held in the Bar's beautiful new headquarters, the celebration on January 28 attracted more than 180 attendees. Leslie Packer ‘86, vice president of the UNC Law Alumni Association and Ronald Baker '75, N.C. State Bar president, welcomed the group and acknowledged previous Carolina Law alumni who have served as president of the State Bar and were in attendance. A special thanks to Alice Mine '85, member of the Law Alumni Association Board of Directors and the Alumni Engagement committee for her assistance in planning and hosting the event.

Law Alumni Weekend

Law Alumni Weekend

Join us for Law Alumni Weekend, April 10-12, 2014 celebrating the classes of '64, '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04, '09 and the Golden Tar Heels. For the most up-to-date schedule of events and to register online, visit http://www.law.unc.edu/alumni/weekend/.

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