Alumni News

Alumni News: Thursday, June 29, 2017

Alumni Giving

Support the Carolina Law Annual Fund by June 30

Have you made your gift to Carolina Law this academic year? Your support for Carolina Law is a vital part of our ability to fulfill our mission to be a truly great, truly public law school. When Carolina Law alumni and friends come together, the possibilities are endless and the impact is far-reaching.

Your gift today can:

  • sustain a scholarship that empowers a first-generation college student to continue their legal education;

  • aid a junior faculty member in presenting their research at a conference;

  • or provide a grant that enables students to take summer work in the public interest sector.

These are the experiences that come together to shape lawyer-leaders.

Every gift has an impact. Make your mark by making your gift by June 30. All gifts must be received by June 30 to make a difference over the course of the 2017–2018 academic year. To support the law school by mail, send your gift to UNC Gift Services, PO Box 309, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-0309. For assistance with your philanthropy at Carolina Law, contact Dana Dubis, director of annual giving, at or 919.445.0166. 

Thank you for believing in a public, proud Carolina Law.

Event Highlights

N.C. Bar Association Gathers in Asheville

NCBA Luncheon
Dean Martin Brinkley ’92 with Carol Brinkley, Betty Quick ’74, Leona Whichard, Justice Willis Whichard ’65, Professor Richard Myers ’98, and Judge Frank Whitney ’87 at the NCBA’s President’s Luncheon (photo compliments of NCBA)

UNC School of Law played an active role during the North Carolina Bar Association’s annual meeting in Asheville June 22-25. At the exhibition hall, Carolina Law representatives met with friends and members of the legal community, in addition to collecting stories of service, volunteerism and leadership from law school alumni, which will be used to quantify and celebrate Carolina Law’s impact on the communities in which they live and work.

The law school also hosted a reception on Friday night, where Dean Martin H. Brinkley ‘92 shared key updates while acknowledging that this is pivotal moment in the school’s history. He expressed appreciation for the hard work “everyone affiliated with the law school -- from incredible faculty to outstanding alumni” is undertaking to preserve the school’s tradition of public excellence and shared his vision for a future that grows education, provides new experiential learning opportunities and fully equips Carolina Law students for employment across the legal profession.

The highlight of the weekend was the honoring of Dean Brinkley with the H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award, which recognizes “those North Carolina attorneys whose trustworthiness, respectful and courteous treatment of all people, enthusiasm for intellectual achievement and commitment to excellence in work, and service to the profession and community during a multi-faceted, accomplished life, inspire others.” Fellow alumni from across the state sent in messages supporting how whole-heartedly Dean Brinkley embodies these values.

Other Carolina Law alumni honored include ... (read more)

Professor Don Hornstein Presents CLE on “The Shape of The Coast”

Don Hornstein CLE

Donald T. Hornstein, Aubrey L. Brooks Professor of Law presented a continuing legal education course in New Bern titled “The Shape of the Coast: Sustainability, Resiliency and Economics and the National Flood Insurance Program.” The May 19 event, which was open to the public, was organized and promoted with the help of the Carolina Law Club of Eastern North Carolina’s representatives in Greenville, Morehead City, New Bern and Rocky Mount. The two-hour session drew an audience from Chapel Hill to the Outer Banks. Similar events that highlight our faculty and their area of expertise are in the works for the coming year. To share an idea or request for a CLE session or faculty visit in your community, contact Susan McLean at or 919.445.0169.

Receptions Bring Together Carolina Law Alumni and Students

Summer Receptions
Associate Dean for Advancement Deirdre Gordon addressing alumni and students in Charlotte.

Carolina Law clubs held summer receptions in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, New York and Raleigh to provide an opportunity for local recently-admitted or current students to connect with members of the Carolina Law community in these regions.

Kelly Podger Smith ’02, associate dean for student affairs, said, “Our alumni were out in full force to provide advice and support to 1L and 2L summer associates, share motivating Carolina Law stories and help the law school recruit the incoming class of 2020.”

If you are interested in supporting admitted students or summer associates in your community, contact Susan McLean, director of alumni and donor relations, at or 919.445.0169.

Advancement Office Update

Welcoming Deirdre Gordon

Deirdre Gordon

Deirdre Gordon joined Carolina Law as the associate dean for advancement on April 1. She is responsible for managing a team of 10 toward achieving the school’s annual and campaign goals, in addition to working with students, faculty, staff and alumni to secure the necessary resources to keep Carolina Law at the forefront of legal education.

Gordon comes to Carolina Law from Duke Athletics, where she developed and implemented strategy for the Iron Dukes’ principal and major gift prospects. She has extensive experience in philanthropy focused on the individual schools and units that comprise a university, including the Sanford School of Public Policy, the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Divinity School at Duke University.

She has quickly made an indelible impression in the Carolina Law community at events across the state, and she looks forward to continuing to grow her relationships with law school alumni and friends.

Law Reunion Weekend

Alumni Celebrate Law Reunion Weekend 2017

Reunion Weekend
The Class of 1992 celebrating with faculty at their 25th Reunion Milestone Dinner.

Nostalgia and law school memories were in the air during the weekend of May 5-6 as more than 200 Carolina Law alumni and family members returned to Chapel Hill to celebrate their reunions. Law Reunion Weekend 2017 honored members of the classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012. More photos available on the UNC School of Law Facebook page.

The weekend started with an inspiring, emotional Leadership and Awards Dinner, where Class of 1967 member John B. McMillan Jr. and Class of 1977 member David F. Kirby were among the honorees. Other highlights included a CLE session led by Tar Heel lawyer leaders Tommy Jarrett ‘67, Frank Emory ‘82, Haley Haynes ‘92 and Pam Cashwell ‘92, and milestone events for the Class of 2007 and Class of 1992, who not only celebrated their 25th reunion but the achievement of one of their classmates -- Martin H. Brinkley ‘92 -- becoming dean of their alma mater.

Law Reunion Weekend 2018 planning is underway and will celebrate the classes of 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013. To get involved, contact Susan McLean, director of alumni and donor relations at or 919.445.0169.

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Recruit Carolina Law Students

The Career Development Office invites you to participate in our Fall 2017 Recruiting Program. Information about our current students can be found on our website. View our recruiting information.

Engage with Carolina Law Students

Let our Career Development Office help you develop and implement a student outreach and engagement strategy. View our list of signature programs (PDF) 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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