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Alumni News: Friday, April 15, 2016

Event Highlights

April 29 - A Special Leadership and Awards Dinner

Leadership Dinner

In addition to honoring our distinguished award recipients, on April 29, the UNC Law Alumni Association will also be recognizing Professor Elizabeth Gibson ’76 in celebration of her upcoming retirement.

The annual UNC School of Law Leadership and Awards Dinner, hosted by the Law Alumni Association, unites faculty members, student leaders and fellow alumni at a dinner and program celebrating the successes of our school and honoring the UNC School of Law alumni award recipients.

For 2016 we are pleased to recognize Thomas Warren Ross Sr. '75, Lifetime Achievement Award; Mary Boney Denison '81 and Rickye McKoy-Mitchell '84, Distinguished Alumni Award; and Amanda "Mandy" Suttle Hitchcock '07, Outstanding Recent Graduate Award at a dinner and awards ceremony at the Carolina Inn.

Our entertainment for the evening, provided by Bloomsbury (see alumni focus below), will be sure to top off a spectacular evening with fellow alumni and friends. At the close of the dinner, attendees are invited to stay for a welcome reception as part of Law Reunion Weekend 2016.

Register by April 22 as part of Law Reunion Weekend. ($75 per person)

Carolina Law Annual Fund - Building a Better Future

Nothing is more important than increasing access and educational opportunities for Carolina Law students. At present, we are doing more for our students with far less resources than most of our peer schools. However, we are committed to improving our standing while staying true to a public mission.

And you can help.

Join us in building a better future for a law school committed to a first-class, affordable legal education. Renew your support of Carolina Law this spring and your gift to the Law Annual Fund will be put to work at once.

Your generosity will have a substantial and immediate impact in increasing scholarship assistance to students. You should feel good in knowing that you support the accomplishments of today’s and future contributions of Tar Heel graduates. Give with pride, knowing your gifts enhance the law school’s ability to better serve our students and the profession.

Every day we renew our commitment to make Carolina Law the nation’s finest public law school. Renew yours today.

Honoring Professor Elizabeth Gibson '76

Gibson Retirement

Join us in celebrating the retirement of Elizabeth Gibson ’76, Burton Craige Professor of Law, at a gathering to be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. at the Carolina Club. Former students, Craven Court participants and small section members are encouraged to attend as we honor Professor Gibson for her many years of service to UNC School of Law and her contribution to the Carolina Law community.

Alumni are also encouraged to send a message to be shared with Professor Gibson as part of our celebration which may be submitted with registration or emailed directly to

RSVP online by May 13

Alumni Spotlights

Bloomsbury - Roots Music Rooted in Carolina Law

Bloomsbury musicians

The Bloomsbury band: Mel Williams, Ron Raxter ‘77, Wade Smith ‘63 (seated), John Crumpler, and Wade Hargrove ‘65. Not pictured are Karen and Terry Linehan, Wade (III) ‘01 and Drew Hargrove ’14. Photograph by Tim Lytvinenko, Walter Magazine

Bloomsbury, named for a popular Raleigh park, was formed in 1964 when two UNC law students, Wade Smith ’63 and Wade Hargrove ’65, entertained various law school functions with their guitars and banjos. Mel Williams, a minister and former member of the Yale Glee Club and Lemma Mackie, the wife of a lawyer and who many described as having the voice of an angel, joined the two Wades in 1968. At that point, Bloomsbury took off with performances across the State, up and down the East Coast, and twice in England.

Later, John Crumpler, an investment banker and guitar/banjo player who had played quarterback for Harvard and sang in the Harvard Glee Club, and Ron Raxter ’77, a banking lawyer and experienced bass player, joined the band.

Bloomsbury is also a family affair with Wade Smith’s daughter, Karen, a teacher and her husband, Terry Linehan, a professor and film producer, along with Wade Hargrove’s two sons, Wade III ’01 and Drew ’14, joining the band for performances from time to time.

Bloomsbury’s song selections range from folk, to toe-tapping bluegrass, to Irish, to ole time string band music, and on occasion, a little blues and rock mixed in for good measure. Hear for yourself on April 29 at the UNC Law Alumni Association Leadership and Awards Dinner.

Assistant Dean Sylvia Novinsky Named Director of N.C. Pro Bono Resource Center at Equal Access to Justice Commission

Dean Novinsky with Pro Bono Board

Novinsky with the 2015-16 Pro Bono Program board.

On Wednesday, March 23, members of the Carolina Law community gathered in the rotunda to honor Dean Sylvia Novinsky’s service to UNC School of Law and to wish her well in her new service to the State of North Carolina. Stories were shared, tears were shed and hugs and laughter were abundant. The room was filled with not only a deep appreciation for all that Dean Novinsky accomplished in her 20 years at Carolina Law, but also the importance of being a part of a law school community that values and champions pro bono service.

Sylvia Novinsky has joined the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission as the Pro Bono Resource Center Director.

"We are delighted to have someone of Sylvia's caliber with deep ties to our legal aid community," remarked Jennifer Lechner, executive director of the North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission. "Just as she influenced decades of students at UNC Law, she will have a profound impact on the overall pro bono landscape in North Carolina."

Alumni wanting to send well wishes to Dean Novinsky as she departs the law school - but not the Carolina Law family - may email Please include contact information to be passed along with your message.

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