Alumni News

Alumni News: Monday, June 4, 2012

Event Highlights

Alumni Gather to Honor N.C. Supreme Court Justices

The N.C. Supreme Court Justices with Dean Jack Boger

More than 200 Carolina Law alumni and guests gathered at the Cardinal Club in Raleigh on May 16 to honor the Justices of the North Carolina Supreme Court and UNC School of Law's tradition of leadership within the judiciary. Chief Justice Sarah Parker '69 and Justices Mark Martin '88, Robert H. Edmunds Jr. '75, Paul M. Newby '80, Patricia Timmons-Goodson '79, Robin E. Hudson '76 and Barbara A. Jackson '90 were all in attendance.

John Charles Boger '74, dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law, welcomed the group with a brief history of Carolina Law and the contributions our institution and our graduates have made to the state of North Carolina.

"In an unparalleled way, this one institution has worked over time to mold the minds and professional habits and qualities of character of those who have sat in the lecture halls and listened to its learned faculty, those who have gone forth to lead the Old North State," said Boger of the state judiciary. "Never since the court began, have all of its members come from any single law school."

Chief Justice Sarah Parker made comments on behalf of the court and thanked Dean Boger and all those in attendance.

Carolina Law graduates in state leadership roles include:

  • Four of the past eight North Carolina governors
  • Forty percent of current serving North Carolina state judges
  • First N.C. female Chief Justice - Susie Sharp '29
  • First N.C. African American Chief Justice - Henry Frye '59
  • First N.C. African American woman to sit on the court - Patricia Timmons-Goodson '79
  • Youngest Superior Court Justice at installation and youngest ever elected to the Court of Appeals - Mark Martin '88

View more photos from the event.

Upcoming Events

June is a busy month for Carolina Law and our alumni. It is not too late to sign up for Wednesday's reception at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, and there are still limited seats available for Thursday's Durham Bulls alumni outing. For details on these and other events visit the alumni event calendar.

School News

Welcoming the Class of 2012

Students of the newly-graduated UNC School of Law Class of 2012 are preparing for their bar exams and settling into their new communities this summer. One way alumni can stay involved in the Carolina Law community is to reach out and welcome our new graduates. Several events will be scheduled in the fall in larger cities, but it is just as important keep the Carolina Law community connected in smaller towns and throughout the country. If you are willing to reach out to recent graduates or other alumni in your area, contact Susan McLean at 919.843.6681 or

Gaining a Business Perspective: A Message from MBA@UNC

As the first public university in the United States, UNC Chapel Hill is accustomed to blazing new trails. Kenan-Flagler Business School shares UNC’s mission to serve North Carolina, the United States and the world through teaching, research and public service.

MBA@UNC is an innovative new MBA program delivered primarily online. For legal professionals looking for business skills to navigate the increasingly complex legal marketplace, MBA@UNC allows students to earn a top-ranked MBA from anywhere in the world without uprooting your life or your family.

MBA@UNC brings the best of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s on-campus program online through a virtual campus experience that includes:

  • Maximum flexibility for working professionals around the world without compromising quality
  • An academically rigorous program where talented students learn from the same world-class faculty and earn the same MBA degree as on-campus students
  • Weekly, live virtual class sessions where you meet face-to-face in UNC faculty led sessions or no more than 10-15 students
  • Collaboration with classmates, faculty and business leaders during two required three-day global immersions

More than 130 accomplished professionals around the world are already enrolled in MBA@UNC, including several practicing attorneys.

“The online program appealed to me because of my demanding schedule as an attorney. MBA@UNC provides freedom and flexibility. Whether I’m stuck at work or in an airport, I can find a quiet spot to log on and attend class. One professor even taught a class from Shanghai, China. The picture is vivid, the sound is clear, and the process is seamless. It’s phenomenal.” -- Melissa Pulliam, Carolina Law graduate from 2008, current MBA@UNC student

UNC Kenan-Flagler invites you to learn more about how the MBA@UNC program may open the door for you to gain the business perspective you need in your career today. Request Information.

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