Charlotte School of Law students Christopher Bryant and Susan Patroski won first place in the inaugural Negotiation Invitation hosted by William & Mary School of Law November 15-16, 2014.
The Negotiation Invitational included law schools from across the region with three rounds of simulated competitive exercises where students sought to negotiate settlement agreements and contracts. Teams were judged on such criteria as teamwork, problem-solving, relationship building, information gathering and communication.
According to Amy Beth Meyers, Associate Professor at Charlotte School of Law:
The success of our students at the Negotiation Invitational is a testament to Charlotte Law’s thorough commitment to developing practice-ready lawyers from day one. The exposure our students received to experiential learning serves to deepen their preparedness in the field.
Christopher Bryant works as a paralegal during the day and is enrolled in Charlotte Law’s evening program. Susan Patroski began her study in the evening option but has since enrolled in full-time day courses. Both students will graduate in December 2014 and plan to take the bar exam in February 2015.
Earlier in 2014, I said I would do a follow-up blog on whether the U.S. Supreme Court would grant Cert to any of the petitions they had received dealing with state marriage laws. As everyone knows, the U.S. Supreme Court chose not to address the issue of gay marriage because the Courts of Appeals had agreed on the issue.
Our local paper here in Charlotte, North Carolina, The Charlotte Observer, published an article in their editorial pages recently predicting how the Supreme Court would rule if they decided to settle the issue of same-sex marriage for everyone.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit dealt a startling blow to homosexuals last week when it upheld same-sex marriage bans in Kentucky, Tennessee, Michigan and Ohio. But as difficult as the setback surely is for same-sex couples in those four states, it is probably temporary, and it comes with a larger benefit for other states, including North Carolina.
To see the full editorial article, click here.
Part III will be written when the dusts settles – sometime between now and June 2015.
In case you are visiting Washington, DC in the coming year, plan a visit to the Library of Congress’ new exhibit “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom.” The exhibit which recognizes the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is open to the public Monday-Saturday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm until September 12, 2015.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (PL 88-352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. It provided injunctive relief against discrimination in public accommodations and segregation in public education. It enforced the constitutional right to vote, ending unequal voter-registration requirements. The law is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation.
The Library of Congress’ free exhibit “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom” highlights the legal and legislative challenges and victories leading to its passage. The exhibit highlights the individuals, both prominent leaders and private citizens, who participated in the process. The exhibit contains more than 200 items from correspondence to photographs, newspapers, legal briefs, drawings and posters. It also includes audio-video stations throughout the exhibit showing film clips of dramatic events related to the civil rights era such as protests, sit-ins, boycotts and other public actions. An introductory film narrated by Julian Bond focuses on the significance of the legislation. Another video explores the impact of the Civil Rights Act. There are six themes in the exhibit: Prologue, Segregation Era, World War II and the Post War Years, Civil Rights Era, Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Impact.
Much of the exhibit’s documentation comes from NAACP Records in the Library’s Manuscript Division and the Prints and Photographs Division. The audio-visual materials come from the Library’s American Folklife Center’s Civil Rights History Project and the Library’s National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. Newman’s Own Foundation with additional support from HISTORY® provided funding for the exhibition. Further details about the exhibit can be found at http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/civil-rights-act/
When you hear the word entrepreneurship do you think of (a) start-ups, (b) small businesses, or (c) both? Or are you not sure because maybe you were edging towards one answer but see the potential in another answer? Whatever answer you choose, it’s not wrong. Entrepreneurship can occur when one creates a theater meant to be interactive, or when one create an urban farming scheme. Entrepreneurship can mean building a new website or creating something that will impact the modern lifestyle. It can even be as simple as opening that small bakery you always wanted to. At the end of the day, the word entrepreneurship can mean many different things but all of them boil down to one core concept: change and a willingness to enact it.
So, why do you ask, do I want to talk about entrepreneurship? The answer is simple; come November, I will be a major participant in Charlotte’s own Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). Events will range from panel discussions and networking to a start-up challenge hosted by the Chamber to a “food innovation” event. One of the most interesting aspects of GEW Charlotte is that any person from the Charlotte area can attend any of the events during the course of the week. Attendees will be able to network and learn about what Charlotte has to offer someone who wants to be an entrepreneur. The goal is to invite residents from in and around Charlotte to come, to meet fellow entrepreneurs, and to have a good time.
What is GEW? To put it simply, GEW (Global Entrepreneurship Week) is an annual series of events hosted by the Kauffman Foundation–a leading innovator in helping investors see the value of small start-ups that will eventually become the next Facebook or phone app. Any city can host events for GEW as long as they sign up and agree to host at least one event during the week of GEW. GEW will run from November 19th to the 23rd, and this year, Charlotte has its own version of GEW.
This year in Charlotte, GEW has panels on investing and financing small businesses or start-ups, non-technology start-ups, and a food innovation demo day hosted at Johnson C. Smith University
No matter what entrepreneurship means to you, I hope you take the time to think about what it means (to you) and whether or not you want to take the time to see just what Charlotte has to offer in terms of GEW Charlotte.
~Ananya Mallavarapu, L’17~