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Alumni News: Friday, August 11, 2017


Alumni Awards Deadline Extended Until Monday

Alumni Awards

The call for nominations for UNC Law Alumni Association 2018 awards is extended to Monday, August 14 at 11 p.m. The four award categories considered are: the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award and the Professor S. Elizabeth Gibson Award for Faculty Excellence. A short nomination form may be completed, which also contains descriptions of each award, their criteria and prior honorees. Recipients will be recognized at the Spring Leadership and Awards Dinner on May 4, 2018.

Event Highlights

Fall for All Weekend - September 22 and 23
Join Us for Bluegrass and BBQ and More!

Fall for All

This September 22 and 23, Carolina Law and the UNC Law Alumni Association (LAA) are hosting the school’s inaugural Fall for All – a weekend in celebration and support of UNC School of Law. This two-day event, which is an expansion of our annual Bluegrass and BBQ Football Tailgate party, includes a variety of family friendly events to reach a broad audience of alumni, students, faculty and friends. The weekend will kick off with the UNC LAA Scholarship Golf Classic supporting student scholarships, followed by a Friday night celebration of the Pro Bono Program’s 20th anniversary. In a continued effort to highlight our school’s commitment to giving back to the community, the Student Bar Association is recruiting students, alumni, faculty and staff participants for a community service project on Saturday morning. Bluegrass and BBQ will close out the weekend two hours prior to the UNC vs. Duke football game. Visit the Fall for All webpage to purchase tickets and see a complete schedule of events.

Twenty Years of Pro Bono

Pro Bono 20 Years

As the Carolina Law community embarks on the start of a new school year, the Pro Bono Program enters its 20th year at UNC School of Law. Since its start, the pro bono program connected students with legal services organizations, government agencies and private attorneys doing pro bono work to meet unmet legal needs and help students build skills for practice.

“In 1998, the program created a strategic plan and set a goal of 50 percent participation for the student body,” shared Allison Standard ’09, director of pro bono initiatives. “In the past two years, our graduating classes exceeded 90 percent participation.”

A celebration in honor of Carolina Law’s Pro Bono Program and of all those who have contributed to its success will be held on Friday, Sept. 22 as part of the Fall for All Weekend. Details and tickets are available online as well as the opportunity to make a gift in support of the Pro Bono Endowment Fund (255644).

Individuals are encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences with Carolina Law’s Pro Bono Program. How did the pro bono hours you logged prepare you for your legal practice? Did your pro bono work influence your career path? How have you remained engaged with Carolina Law and our students through the school’s pro bono projects? Help us tell our story by sharing yours.

For information about the Pro Bono Program or the celebration on September 22, contact Allison Standard at

FALR Symposium to Offer CLE for Both In-Person and Live Webcast Attendees

The First Amendment Law Review will hold its annual symposium on Oct. 27 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Distorting the Truth: "Fake News" & Free Speech will bring together noted legal scholars, social scientists, and professionals - including keynote speaker Angie Drobnic Holan, editor of Politifact - to discuss the timely topic of fake news.

N.C. CLE (4.5 credits) is available for both in-person and live webcast attendees. Out-of-state alumni are encouraged to check with their local Bar on the policy and procedure for reciprocity credit before registering. Visit the FALR event webpage for a detailed list of speakers and ticket pricing.

Join Us: New Student Orientation and Event

Orientation Reception

UNC School of Law welcomes our newest members to the Carolina Law family. The Class of 2020 will soon begin new student orientation in preparation for the 2017-18 school year. “We are excited to bring in another group of future lawyer-leaders from North Carolina and from across the country,” says Kelly Podger Smith ’02, associate dean for student affairs.

In addition to our 1L class, the law school welcomes 10 new and continuing LL.M. students who received their legal education and degrees from the countries of India, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Republic of Korea, Pakistan, Jordan, United Kingdom, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. Five exchange students are expected for Fall 2017 semester from the program’s overseas partners in Germany (Augsburg University), England (Kings College London) and Spain (Comillas Pontifica, Madrid). “We have a wonderfully diverse group of countries, cultures, and legal systems represented,” shared Beverly Sizemore who, in her tenth year as director of international and LL.M. programs, provides personalized course advising and support to each of her students.

The UNC Law Alumni Association and the office of advancement are seeking alumni volunteers to participate in a welcome reception on Thursday, August 24 from 5-7 p.m. “We are hoping for strong alumni participation,” Deirdre Gordon, associate dean for advancement encouraged a group of local alumni. “This is your chance to help new students become a part of the law school tradition.”

Register online to attend the orientation event or contact Susan McLean, director of alumni and donor relations, at or 919.445.0169 to find out how to be involved in your community.

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