2017 Law Alumni Association Award Recipients Named
The UNC Law
Alumni Association is pleased to announce its 2017 alumni award recipients. 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.
the honorees include (top row) John B. McMillan '67, Lifetime Achievement Award; David F.
Kirby '77, Douglas S. Sea '80 and (bottom row) The Honorable Patricia Timmons Goodson '79,
Distinguished Alumni Award; Vivian R. Connell '13, Outstanding Recent Graduate
Award (posthumously) and Professor
Emeritus Charles E. Daye, Professor S. Elizabeth Gibson Award for Faculty
presentation will take place at the annual Leadership and Awards Dinner on May
5, 2017 as part of Law Reunion Weekend.
Carolina Law Clubs Provide Local Support and Local Fun
Carolina Law Club of Western North Carolina
members meet up in Asheville to watch UNC v Duke game on Feb. 9.
As shared in
the recent Carolina Law magazine, more than 20 Carolina Law Clubs are
active throughout the U.S. An initiative of the Alumni Engagement Committee, Carolina
Law Clubs are led by regional alumni volunteers who are active in various ways,
including assisting other graduates moving to their area, developing
programming for their group and helping the law school organize alumni events. Some
clubs are large — about 3,000 members in the Triangle group — while others are
much smaller, including the Kentucky club, which has about 25 members. All clubs have a presence on the UNC School
of Law alumni website. Alumni interested in starting a new
Carolina Law Club or volunteering as a representative for an existing club
should contact Susan McLean, director of alumni and donor relations, at
919.445.0169 or email@example.com.
New Book Honors Chambers’ Legacy
Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle
for Civil Rights
was released December 2016 by UNC Press and has been met with strong acclaim. Written by Richard A. Rosen ’76, professor of law emeritus at UNC School of Law, and Joseph Mosiner, the
book chronicles the life and achievements of Julius Chambers against the
backdrop of the development of 20th-century civil rights law.
graduated from Carolina Law in 1962 at the top of his class. He was the first
African-American editor of the North Carolina Law Review and began the first
integrated law firm in the state of North Carolina. Among other landmark
decisions, the firm of Ferguson, Chambers, and Stein, along with the NAACP, won Swann v. Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education in 1971, the Supreme Court
case that enacted busing to integrate schools. In addition to litigating
landmark cases, he served in numerous roles over his career, including as
director counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and as
chancellor for North Carolina Central University, his undergraduate alma mater.
In 2001, he helped found the Center for Civil Rights at Carolina Law and served as its director.
Mosnier’s book has been featured locally in the Raleigh News & Observer and the Wilmington StarNews and has also been reviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, garnering praise
for spotlighting how “the civil rights struggle played out in less-heralded
Julius Chambers: A Life in the Legal Struggle
for Civil Rights
at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill and the Regulator Bookshop in Durham, as well
as through online book retailers.
New Faculty Spotlight – Carissa Byrne Hessick
Carissa Byrne Hessick
is one of six new members to the Carolina Law faculty for the
2016-17 academic year. Professor Hessick comes to Chapel Hill from the
University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law. She has also taught at
Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and was a
Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School.
graduating from Yale Law School in 2002, Professor Hessick practiced for
several years. However, she found herself missing the classroom. “My law school
experience taught me that even the most difficult questions have answers if you
look hard enough. When I was practicing, I would find myself confronted by an
interesting question, but I rarely had enough time to really grapple with it,” she
says. She learned that there were programs designed to help lawyers transition
from practicing to academia and was accepted to the fellowship program at
Harvard. “Now, I get to spend hours every day thinking about and trying to
solve hard questions.”
Hessick’s teaching generally focuses on the criminal justice system. She notes
that the different approaches states take to crime – being heavily punitive or
focused on second chances, for instance – can impact how students think.
“Teaching in these different places…has made me better able to push students to
question their own assumptions, no matter what those assumptions might be.
not teaching, Professor Hessick enjoys traveling and good food, as well as
yoga, knitting, and gardening. Her favorite non-academic activities, however, are
reading and watching action, science fiction, and fantasy movies like the Star Wars and Harry Potter franchises.
Professor Hessick may be new to the faculty, this isn’t her first experience
with Carolina Law. She participated in a faculty workshop several years ago. “I
gushed about the experience for years afterward,” she says. “And I’ll say that
has been regularly reinforced since I joined the faculty last summer. The
student and the faculty are some of the best in the country, and I regularly
have fascinating conversations with them.”
Law Reunion Weekend Set for May 5-6
Weekend, celebrating the classes of '67, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, '02,
'07, '12 and Golden Tar Heels, is scheduled for May 5-6, 2017. Visit the website for a complete schedule of events, online registration and a list
of class members.
REUNION WEEKEND DATES
May 4 &
5, 2018 ('68, '73, '78, '83, '88, '93, '98, '03, '08, '13)
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)
& May 1, 2021 ('71, '76, '81, '86, '91, '96, '01, '06, '11, '16)
Recruit Carolina Law Students
The Career Development Office invites you to participate in our Fall 2017 Recruiting Program. The Class of 2019 hails from 27 states, the District of Columbia and three foreign countries. Information about our current students can be found on our website. View our recruiting information.
Engage with Carolina Law Students
Let us help you develop and implement a student outreach and engagement strategy. View our list of signature programs and contact us for other ways in which we can connect you with our students. We look forward to hearing from you!
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