Alumni News

Alumni News: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Event Highlights

Mark Your Calendars: Changes to Alumni Programming


Law Alumni Weekend 2013 -- We hope you can join us this fall as we honor graduating classes ending in 3 or 8 ('63,'68, '73, '78, '83, '88, '93, '98, '03, '08) and the Golden Tar Heels at the Class Reunion Celebration on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Great Room at the Top of the Hill. Friday's festivities will be followed with Saturday's annual Bluegrass and BBQ and football as the Carolina Tar Heels take on the Boston College Eagles.

Additionally, The UNC School of Law Advancement Office is pleased to announce several scheduling changes to our annual calendar. After this fall, the annual Law Alumni Weekend will be moved to the spring. Reunions for classes ending in 4 or 9 are scheduled for April 10 - 12, 2014. We hope the change in timing will allow more flexibility and creativity in planning Reunion programs.

As a result of changing our Reunion weekend, our annual William Horn Battle Society Dinner and our annual Firm Giving Campaign will be moved to the fall semester. Because of its popularity with our alumni, we will continue to host our annual Bluegrass and BBQ each fall in conjunction with a football game.

Key dates to remember:

  • Law Alumni Assn. Board of Directors Meeting and William Horn Battle Dinner, Oct. 18, 2013
  • Golf Classic to Benefit Scholarships, Oct. 25, 2013
  • Class Reunion Celebration for classes ending in 3 or 8, Oct. 25, 2013
  • Bluegrass and BBQ, Oct. 26, 2013
  • Class Reunion Celebration for classes ending in 4 or 9, April 10-12, 2014

For more information contact Susan McLean, director of alumni and donor relations, at 919.445.0169 or susanmclean@unc.edu.

School News

Prof. Hornstein Discusses "Issues on Fracking" with Asheville Alumni


Hornstein Talk

UNC Law Alumni gathered on the Friday of the ACC basketball tournament – not for a game watching party but for a Continuing Legal Education course. Donald Hornstein, UNC School of Law Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law, provided a lunchtime CLE session on the controversial topic of fracking to a group of 40 alumni in Asheville on Friday, March 15.

Fracking, otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing, is a process by which water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground to break apart rock and release gas. Hornstein, a leading environmental law expert, discussed the current status of fracking in North Carolina and nationwide. He also provided legal insight into some of the overlooked non-environmental issues involving natural gas production, regulation and use. The audience, comprised of members of classes ranging from 1941 to 2012, was noticeably engaged with Hornstein and the subject matter.

"If you've ever heard Professor Hornstein speak, you know he's one of the best speakers around," said Wyatt Stevens '94. "It was an excellent, if rather frightening, explanation of fracking and how it will likely impact North Carolina in the near future."

Hornstein has won the Law School's McCall Award for Teaching Excellence a record eight times, and has won three University-wide teaching awards.

Hosting faculty discussions on interesting and timely topics is just one of the services that Carolina Law is able to offer our alumni. If you would like to help organize a CLE or faculty visit in your area, contact Susan McLean, director of alumni and donor relations, at 919.445.0169 or susanmclean@unc.edu.

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