Professor Rick McDermott has been an adjunct at CSL since our early years, teaching intellectual property curriculum, advising both our intellectual property law society and our LBGT student group, and recently coaching a team to a victory in an intellectual property law competition. In addition to all of these contributions to Charlotte Law, as well as a busy partnership at Alston & Bird, Rick has always also been incredibly active in numerous civic and charitable causes both locally and nationally.
Recently, Professor McDermott was recognized by Charlotte magazine as the “Charlottean of the Year” for his volunteerism. He truly shows our mission of serving the underserved in action.
We wish Professor McDermott our sincere congratulations and thanks for all he does for Charlotte Law, its students, and this community.
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.