Alumni News

Alumni News: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Event Highlights

Good Cheer and Perfect Weather Greet Carolina Law's First Spring Alumni Reunion Weekend Attendees

Spring Alumni Reunion 2014
L'Tryce Slade '04 and Tina Gillespie La Borde '04 pose for photos at Friday night's Class Reunions Celebration.

April 10-12 held a variety of activities and events for the classes celebrating Reunion 2014. Graduates of the classes of '64, '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04 and '09 converged on Chapel Hill and the law school for the first class reunion gathering to be held in the spring.

At Thursday night's Leadership and Awards Dinner Dean Jack Boger '74 spoke on moving Reunion from the fall to the spring: "Chapel Hill in the fall is a lovely place, but Chapel Hill in mid-April is incomparable."

In addition to great weather, the spring date allowed for more programming options. Popular events included a walking taste tour of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, a morning CLE session and class specific get-togethers. The dates for Reunion 2015, 2016 and 2017 will be announced soon.

All alumni are encouraged to return to UNC on Saturday, Sept. 6, for Bluegrass & BBQ, a popular Carolina Law tradition. We hope you can join us as the Carolina Tar Heels take on the San Diego State Aztecs.

For more information on this or any other alumni event, contact Susan McLean, director of alumni and donor relations, at 919.445.0169 or

Motion to Strike Takes Home Trophy at Inaugural O'Hara Softball Classic

O'Hara Softball Classic
Motion to Strike team members accept trophy from event organizer Tyler O'Hara 1L. Front: Tyler O'Hara, Matt Modell '09. Back: Mark Johnson 2L, Andrea Hinshaw '09, Neil Magnuson '09, admitted student Stacy Kelly, Travis Page '09, Stephen McIntyre'09, Ben Spain (staff). Not pictured: Doug Edmunds (staff).

The Carolina Law Class of 2016 organized and hosted the inaugural O'Hara Softball Classic held during Alumni Reunion Weekend on Sunday, April 13. Beautiful weather, competitive softball, craft beer and a pig roasted by 1L Brett Fox were enjoyed by all.

"This is clearly the start of what will be a cherished Carolina Law tradition for years to come," says Billy Piontek, 1L class president. "The goal behind this event is to foster relationships between alumni and current students in a casual, friendly setting beyond the standard interviews and networking receptions."

The tournament drew a good crowd of students, alumni, faculty, staff and their family and friends. "I believe the students met their goals, and I look forward to working with them on this event in the years to come," says Susan McLean, director of alumni and donor relations, who was on-site to cheer on alumni and students alike. Contact for more information or to be involved in the planning for next year's tournament.

School News

'Field Trips' Bring Students and Alumni Together

Strata Solar alumni student meeting 2014
Students and alumni at Strata Solar, Feb. 20, 2014.

In February a group of Carolina Law students spent an hour with Latham Grimes '99, general counsel of Strata Solar, a Chapel Hill-based company that ranks among the top five solar providers in America. With a background in real estate and construction law, Grimes heads the company's team of four in-house attorneys. Grimes discussed legal aspects of the solar business, including project finance, utilities regulation and zoning, along with real estate, construction and energy law. He answered questions and provided insight as to what is involved in a fast growing and fast paced business. Afterward, the students joined Grimes and his team members, Clint Lloyd '08, Stephanie Murr '12 and Liz Ferrell (BA '01), for casual conversation and drinks.

This visit was part of a new program, developed and managed by Chris Bagley 1L and the SBA alumni affairs committee, which is designed to connect small groups of students with practicing alumni in their fields of interest.

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Carolina Law Seeking Associate Dean for Student Affairs

UNC School of Law invites applications for the position of Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

The Associate Dean for Student Affairs leads, manages and supervises the School of Law's major student affairs offices (Admissions, Career Development Office, Public Service Programs and Student Services). For a full position description and preferred qualifications, please visit:

Please direct all questions about the application process to Nadera Salaam, Director of Human Resources, at

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and welcomes all to apply regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We also encourage protected veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

3L Class Gift Campaign Continues Proud Tradition

3L Class Gift Representatives
Mary Scott Kennedy (3L Class Representative), J.M. Durnovich (SBA President), Donald Huggins (3L Class Representative) and Andrew Gibbs (3L Class President).

In recognition of the significant ways in which students have personally benefited from Carolina Law alumni philanthropy, the Class of 2014 elected to support the Law Annual Fund as this year's 3L Class Gift. Gifts to the Law Annual Fund help sustain the features that set Carolina Law apart.

The Class of 2014 has chosen to uphold a proud tradition of alumni giving that will help ensure that future students receive the same, if not even greater, benefits that they have enjoyed. Thanks to the leadership and diligence of the 3L Class Gift officers, over 50 3Ls have now participated in the campaign, bringing campaign totals to $5,884 in gifts and pledges to date.

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