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Alumni News: Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Alumni Participate in Chancellors Scholars Luncheon

Justice Mark D. Martin '88, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Robert P. Mosteller, and Chancellors Scholar Douglas J. DeBaugh 1L

Carolina Law hosted 25 alumni at the annual Chancellors Scholarship Luncheon in February. The lunch was held at Top of the Hill – owned by alumnus and Chancellors Scholar Scott A. Maitland '95 – as part of a weekend of activities to introduce Chancellors Scholar award candidates to the Carolina Law community. The opportunity for these prospective students to meet and visit with alumni was a crucial part of their decision-making process, according to Michael States, assistant dean for admissions. "Learning firsthand about the law school experience and the value our alumni place on having a degree from Carolina Law was of great interest to these prospective students," says States. "The scholarship is a great tool to attract the best and the brightest to Carolina Law."

Walter D. Fisher Jr. '86, UNC Law Alumni Association Advancement Committee Chair, welcomed the group on behalf of the Law Alumni Association. Chancellors Scholar alumnus Richard E. Myers II '98, associate dean for student affairs and George R. Ward Associate Professor of Law, and Scott Maitland spoke about their experiences as Carolina Law alumni and Chancellors Scholarship recipients. Catherine B. Lane '12 spoke about her experience as a current Chancellors Scholar.

The Chancellors Scholarship, the law school's highest merit-based award, is a renewable scholarship covering tuition and fees that is awarded to a small number of students in each first-year class. There are 140 graduates and 18 current students who have been awarded the Chancellors Scholarship.

While most of the attendees were local, the luncheon drew a few alumni from across the state and country. George Oliver '99 drove in from New Bern, N.C., Greg Boyd '99 traveled from New York, and Ann Waldo '95 came down from Washington, D.C.

Participating in events at Carolina Law or in your community are a great way to give back to the Law School. If you would like to be involved, contact Susan McLean at 919.843.6681 or

Broun Examines Nelson Mandela's ‘Rivonia' Trial in New Book

Kenneth S. Broun, Henry Brandis Professor of Law Emeritus and former Chapel Hill mayor, first traveled to South Africa in 1986 to teach trial advocacy at the Black Lawyers Association. During his visit, Broun met lawyers from the defense team of Nelson Mandela, who at the time was serving a life sentence in prison for his anti-apartheid activism, and later served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

That trip initiated a 25-year research project for Broun, who became fascinated with the trial that resulted in Mandela's imprisonment in 1963. His new book, "Saving Nelson Mandela: The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa" (Oxford University Press, 2012), is the culmination of his research, including interviews with many of the case's primary figures and portions of the trial transcript.

Read more.

Broun's book is available for purchase online.

Law Reunion Weekend

Save the date for Law Alumni Weekend - September 27-29, 2012. Each fall during Law Alumni Weekend, Carolina Law organizes reunions for each class marking another five years since law school graduation. This tradition provides a great opportunity to see friends and classmates, visit with faculty and students, and meet and engage with other members of the Carolina Law alumni community, all while enjoying an autumn weekend in beautiful Chapel Hill.

This fall we will be honoring graduating classes ending in 2 or 7 ('62, '67, '72, '77, '82, '87, '92, '97, '02, '07) and the Golden Tar Heels. Since football weekends are very busy in Chapel Hill, we encourage you to make your hotel accommodations as soon as possible. The Hotel Accommodations page contains a list of hotels located within a short driving distance from the School of Law.

Alumni can participate in Law Alumni Weekend in a number of different ways, by attending one or all of the many events throughout the weekend, by being a part of the Reunion Committee, and by renewing financial support of Carolina Law by contributing to the Class Reunion Campaign.

If you would like to be involved, or have any questions, please contact Susan McLean at 919.843.6681 or

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