Professor Rick McDermott Recognized as “Charlottean of the Year” for Volunteerism

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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.

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — November 24, 2014


When Your Plate is Too Full

Do you sometimes (or always) feel like you have too much to do and too little time to do it?

Working with a Recruiter: How to Get Big Time Results as a Small Time Attorney

Job hunting as a small time attorney can be extremely difficult when there is no one willing to help you…  I spoke with Michael Prager of P.G. Prager Search Associates, a recruiting firm that specializes in serving the greater Long Island market for the New York City area. Mr. Prager shared his insights with me on how an attorney can work with a recruiter to obtain big time results and make themselves stand out among the plethora of job seeking attorneys.

Efficiency Rather than Billable Hours Will Be Used to Evaluate Associates at this Large Law Firm

The nearly 300 associates at Jackson Lewis will no longer be evaluated based on billable hours.  Beginning next year, the firm will instead evaluate associates based on efficiency, client service, responsiveness, team-orientation and pro-bono commitment…

Product Development for Lawyers

Companies spend a lot of time and money on developing new product lines and perfecting existing products. In business, product development is a fairly common term but not so common in relation to lawyers and legal services. For lawyers, the common practice is trading time for money. Clients are billed for the number of hours you spend on a given motion, brief or contract. However, by shifting your mindset and breaking from tradition you’ll find that offering your services much in the same way tangible products are offered will help you increase your client retention rate, decrease your sales cycle and increase your client satisfaction. The additional benefits offered by this method is a better more scalable process and increased revenue.

#timetoread for National Readathon Day

Ask anyone who loves books about the most challenging aspect of being a reader, and the answer you’ll inevitably hear is: There’s never enough time to read. Fortunately for book enthusiasts everywhere, this January Penguin Random House will be teaming up with the National Book Foundation (NBF), GoodReads, and Mashable to encourage readers across the country to take four dedicated hours to read—for a good cause.

Quintessential Tar Heel Christmas Experiences

’Tis the season of many things — eggnog, bright lights, “Silent Night” — and fitting it all into a single month requires some list-making. So, from Our State to you (in no particular order): the signature components of Christmastime in Carolina.

Charlotte Heist Foiled, 1933

On November 15, 1933, noted criminal Roger “The Terrible” Touhy orchestrated a mail truck robbery in the heart of the Charlotte.

Maurice Sendak’s Rare Book Collection Is Subject of New Lawsuit

Maurice Sendak was the author of the beloved children’s books “Where the Wild Things Are,” “In the Night Kitchen,” “Chicken Soup with Rice” and many more. The author and illustrator, who could be delightfully gruff (see his not-safe-for-work interview with Stephen Colbert), passed away in 2012 at age 84.  In his will, he directed his rare book collection and items of his personal work be gifted to the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, and they haven’t been, according to a lawsuit filed by the museum last week.

What to Do with All That Space: Librarians without Libraries

As we know—and have probably lived—the library industry has been transitioning toward a primarily digital existence: this has profoundly changed the responsibilities of librarians and is starting to change the purpose of the actual, physical library.

Find Great Reusable Content with Creative Commons and this Easy Advanced Search Technique

Want an easy way to search out different kinds of content that users have published with the expressly stated right to re-use, edit, and otherwise share with permission? It’s probably easier than you think!  By combining a few advanced search techniques with awareness of Creative Commons licensing, if someone has published the kinds of content you’re looking for, you’ll probably be able to find it.

Take It In: ‘Vape’ Is the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year

Vape was chosen as the word of the year for 2014 in part because it provides a window “onto how we define ourselves,” says Casper Grathwohl of the Oxford University Press.

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Charlotte School of Law Student Team Wins Negotiation Invitational

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.

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Will the U.S. Supreme Court Review America’s Gay Marriages Laws? — Part II


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.

~Jane Fraytet~

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — November 17, 2014


6 Tips for Applying for Bar Admission on a Budget

Whether you’re a 1L or a few months away from graduation, that desire to become an attorney cannot actually be fulfilled until you are licensed. And even though we all know this is the case, after being hunkered down in the law library for hours or preparing for those always-looming finals sometimes the application process for bar admission can still turn up as a surprise — and a several thousand dollar surprise at that!  However, you can keep the cost of applying for admission down through budgeting and taking steps in advance.

Law Blog More Valuable than Law Review in Landing Job

That’s the word from Michigan State University law grad, Pat Ellis, in speaking to an audience of law students, law professors, and administrators at his alma mater today.  Ellis parlayed his online networking while in law school into a job with leading Detroit law firm, Honigman Miller. As a result, he was invited back by Dan Linna, Assistant Dean for Career Development, to educate and inspire.

Do You Have the Skills, Traits and Values of a Good Lawyer?  Take this Quiz to Find Out

What makes a good lawyer? University of Missouri at Kansas City law professors Nancy Levit and Doug Linder sought to answer that question as a follow-up to their book TheHappy Lawyer. They’ve found a mix of interesting skills, personality traits and values in their latest book, The Good Lawyer: Seeking Quality in the Practice of Law, published this summer.  Think you are a good lawyer? Take Linder and Levit’s quiz and find out how much you really know.

The Internet Archive Software Collection: Historical Software Collection

This collection contains selected historically important software packages from the Internet Archive’s software archives. Through the use of in-browser emulators, it is possible to try out these items and experiment with using them, without the additional burdens of installing emulator software or tracking down the programs. Many of these software products were the first of their kind, or utilized features and approaches that have been copied or recreated on many programs since. (historic software, vintage software, antique software).

20 Signs You’re Succeeding in Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are

We all feel like failures from time to time. While this is a normal feeling, you have to find a way to see yourself and your life from a different perspective. Sometimes we ignore the “little things.” Just because you are not a millionaire, don’t live in a mansion, and you don’t drive a fancy car, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, it’s quite the contrary.

Nominations Open for Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity

Librarians face adversity every day, whether they are defending a book that has been challenged or fighting to provide services on a limited budget.  If you know a beleaguered librarian, now is your chance to give that person some much needed recognition by nominating them for the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity.

Google Scholar Pioneer on Search Engine’s Future

As the search engine approaches its 10th birthday, Nature speaks to the co-creator of Google Scholar.

Why I am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet”

The Surrealists’ ideal state for making art was the twilight between wakefulness and sleep, when they would dredge up images from the murky subconscious and throw them onto the page or canvas. Proposing sleepwalking as an optimal widespread societal condition, André Breton once asked, “When will we have sleeping logicians, sleeping philosophers?” It seems that the Surrealist vision of a dream culture has been fully realized in today’s technologies.

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