What’s Happening Charlotte – August 2015



8/1 – Bon Odori 2015 Japanese Festival ~ 8/15 – 16 – Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade ~ 8/23 – Sunday Afternoon in the Park ~ 8/27 – 30 – 4th Annual Charlotte Bachata & Salsa Festival ~ 8/29 – 30 – The Duke Mansion’s 100th Anniversary Open House Weekend


8/4 – Matt Sandbank’s Shadow Factory at ImaginOn ~ 8/5 – Duct Tape Hair Bows and Bow Ties – Free Make & Take Crafts for Kids at AC Moore ~ 8/11 – The Balloon Lady at ImaginOn ~ 8/12 – Beados – Free Make & Take Crafts for Kids at AC Moore ~ 8/14 – Fairy Camp ~ 8/15 – Peter Pan Jr. ~ 7/31 – 8/2 – Family Fun Weekend ~


Tuesdays & Fridays – Music Box Lunch Series at Romare Bearden Park ~ Wednesday Evenings – Party in the Park at Romare Bearden Park ~ Carolina Gator Gumbo Bill Noonan & The Hey Joes ~8/1 – Underhill Rose ~ 8/4 – Warren Haynes & Railroad Earth ~ 8/4 – Niki Minaj, Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe, Dej Loaf ~8/5 – Machine Gun Kelly, King Los ~ 8/5 – Boz Scaggs ~ 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27 – Alive After Five at the Epicentre ~ 8/7 – Lady Antebellum ~ 8/7 – Jazz at the Bechtler: Coltrain Revisited ~ 8/8 – Bearden Music Series – Big Band at Romare Bearden Park ~ 8/8 – Soulmatic Carolina Music Festival ~ 8/8 – Free Kellie Pickler Concert at 7th Inning Stretch Festival – Shelby ~ 8/10 – Counting Crows: Somewhere Under Wonderland Tour with Citizen Cope ~ 8/11 – Sublime with Rome/Rebelution ~ 8/14 – Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion America the Beautiful Tour ~ 8/19 – An Evening with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band ~ 8/19 – Ry Cooder, Sharon White, and Ricky Scaggs ~ 8/19 – Breaking Benjamin ~ 8/21 – Toby Keith ~ 8/22 – 23 – Carolina Guitar Show ~ 8/23 – Melissa Etheridge ~ 8/25 – 9/6 – Motown The Musical ~ 8/28 – Nickelback ~ 8/29 – Motley Crue ~ 8/29 – Darius Rucker ~ 8/29 – The Steeldrivers


Mondays – All You Can Bowl Mondays at Strike City ~ M-W-F @ 6am – Free Fitness Classes – Romare Bearden Park ~ T-TH-S @ 9am – Free Fitness Classes – Romare Bearden Park ~ Through 10/30 – Free Wheelin’ Fridays Southend ~ Through 10/30 – Free Wheelin’ Fridays Plaza Midwood ~ 8/1 – Charlotte Independence vs. Rochester Rhinos ~ 8/3 – Rooftop 210 Yoga 8/4, 5 & 6 – Charlotte Knights vs. Buffalo Bisons ~ 8/5 – Charlotte Independence vs. New York Red Bulls II ~ 8/8 – NC Music Factory 5K Rock ‘n Run/Walk ~ 8/7, 8 & 9 – Charlotte Knights vs. Rochester Red Wings ~ 8/7 – 8 – River Slam at USNWC ~ 8/10, 11, 12 & 13 – Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves ~ 8/20, 21, 22 & 23 – Charlotte Knights vs. Indianapolis Indians ~ 8/22 – Charlotte Independence vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds ~ 8/25 & 26 – Charlotte Knights vs Gwinnett Braves ~ 8/29 – Yiasou Greek Festival 5K


7/31 – Bars & Bites South End Food Tour ~ Saturdays and Sundays – Brewery Tours – Olde Mecklenburg Brewery ~ 8/1 – Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes – Cooking with Chef Gene ~ 8/1 – Tour de Food – NoDa, Davidson – Lake Norman ~ 8/2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Sunday Funday through Uptown Charlotte ~ 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25 – Tuesday Night Wine Flights ~ 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27 – Alive After Five ~ 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28 – Sunset Social at The EpiCentre ~ 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28 – Food Truck Friday – Southend ~ 8/8 – Metropolitan “Around the World Tour” – Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Uptown Charlotte ~ 8/11 – Mortimer’s Pub Patio Palooza Ft. Sugar Creek Brewing Co. ~ 8/15 – Tour de Food – NoDa, Davidson – Lake Norman, Winston-Salem, Uptown Charlotte ~ 8/22 – Metropolitan “Around the World Tour” – Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Uptown Charlotte ~ 8/29 – Tour de Food – Winston-Salem, Uptown Charlotte


Through 8/15 – Rock of Ages ~ 7/31 – 8/2 – Davidson Community Players’ Teen Summer Stock Series presents Almost, Maine ~ 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22 – The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Show ~ 8/2, 8/3, 8/4 – Shakespeare Carolina ~ 8/14 – 16 – Davidson Community Players’ Teen Summer Stock Series presents Grease ~ 8/14 – 8/19 – Potted Potter – McGlohon Theater ~ 8/20 – The Charlotte 48 Hour Film Project ~ 8/21 – SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam


Free Wednesday evenings at the Mint Museum Uptown plus WOW (Wine on Wednesday) ~ Through 10/17 – Pig Pickin’ & Finger Lickin’: Kings Mountain’s Food History Exhibit at the Kings Mountain Historical Museum ~ 8/1 – Wild About Summer: Wild Wings – Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden ~ 8/1 – Tools of Stone – Schiele Museum ~ 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29 – Art Space 525: Open Studio Saturdays ~ 8/6 – 13 – Eats, Beaks & Brews at the Carolina Raptor Center ~ 8/15 – Carolina Book Fest ~ 8/16 – Conexiones: Exchanges Across Cultures with Art at the Levine Museum of the New South ~ 8/21 – Science on the Rocks at Discovery Place ~ 8/25 – Homeschool Day at Discovery Place ~ 8/29 – Scottish Tea


8/1 – Dine In Movies at Carowinds – Brave ~ 8/5 – Cinemas Latino Film Series Presents: Feriado ~ 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28 – Movies Under the Stars at SouthPark ~ 8/8 – Dine-In Movies at Carowinds – The Princess and the Frog ~ 8/14 – Movies on the Lawn ~ 8/15 – Dine-In Movies at Carowinds – Big Hero 6


7/4 – 11/28 – Saturdays – The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery Show ~ 7/30 – 8/1 – Steve Byrne ~ 8/1 – Improve Vikings Comedy Invasion! ~ 8/7 – Laughalujah ~ 8/15 – Jim Gaffigan: Contagious


8/1 – 29 – Robert Motherwell: A Centenary Exhibition ~ 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29 – Open Studio Saturdays at the McColl Center ~ 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25 – Romare Bearden Gallery – Mint Museum UPTOWN ~ 8/7 – Gallery Crawl – Southend


7/30 – 8/2 – Vintage & Antiques Show ~ 8/1 – All Arts Market ~ 8/1 – Motion Accomplished Ballroom Dancing Exhibition ~ 8/2 – Front Porch Sunday: Pop-Up Shopping ~ 8/28 – 30 – Southern Women’s Show ~ 8/29 – Great Gatsby Gala

~Julie Morris~

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Leading From Where You Are


“Stand up if you are a leader of anything,” was Kate Irwin-Smiler’s opening to the session. Of course, the question quickly raised by someone in the audience was whether our leadership was in our own estimation or whether it was based on our title. (Lots of laughter here.) Then she asked us to sit down and those who are followers stand. This interactive exercise led into Kate Irwin-Smiler, Reference Librarian at Wake Forest University School of Law and Sara Sampson, Assistant Dean for Information Services & Law Library Director at Ohio State Moritz College of Law’s presentation “Leading from Where You Are.”  Both women talked about how they are leaders and followers. Sara Sampson pointed out that although she has a traditional leadership title, she is still a follower as she follows more experienced deans and the dean of the law school who is also a leader and a follower. They pointed out that being a good follower can give you the skills to become a good leader.

What is a leader?

People who think creatively and are passionate about what they do. People who think about problems and work to fix problems. – AALL Leadership Academy 2014

People who realize you have to work through other people to achieve results. They bring people together to make things happen. – The Introverted Leader

Sampson found that there are lots of different definitions of leadership and those who write about leadership do not agree. Some believe leaders are born with certain traits that help them become leaders and others define leadership by what they do: they innovate, they take charge, and they make decisions. She concluded there are many ways to be a leader and the definition needs to be broadened.

Different Types of Leaders

Even official, formal leaders like the President of the United States or our AALL Board cannot be effective unless they have followers.

Then there are leaders like those in Selma who stood up to the leaders with official powers of the state and they got some of their objectives accomplished.

Sandra Day O’Connor was a trail blazing leader. Just by her presence on the court, she led the way for other woman to be on the Supreme Court. She had to do her job and do it well for others to follow.

Rosalind Franklin whose work on the structure of DNA was overshadowed by others in her field was a leader too in that she continued with her work despite lack of recognition. She was a thought leader.

Pope Francis is a leader, not only because he is head of the Catholic Church but because he is quietly keeping the focus on issues like poverty over a long period of time.

The Pope, Mahatma Gandhi and many in the law library profession are servant leaders.

The facilitating leaders of our profession make connections between people with needs and resources. These people are often quiet leaders who are integral to the success of an organization.

Collaborative/negotiating leaders work across departments or across the university.

Mentoring and sponsoring leaders not only advise mentees but also give critical, honest feedback, make connections, open doors at higher levels so that the mentee can succeed.

A cheerleader leads by touting other’s success, showing how important their work is to the organization.

How Library Staff Can Lead In Your Library… a Brainstorm List

  • Managing programs
  • Chairing committees
  • Trusting others to do their job
  • Giving people what they need
  • Using creativity
  • Teaching
  • Facilitating opportunities
  • Using different language that does not diminish what we do
  • Bridging the gap between the library and other departments
  • Participating in teams
  • Providing institutional knowledge to others
  • Raising issues that need to be addressed
  • Identifying problems and proposing solutions

How to Be a Responsible Follower

Whether or not you choose to be a leader, here are ways of being a responsible follower:

  • Managing up
  • Engaging at work
  • Being prepared and participating in meetings
  • Sharing ideas in a respectful way
  • Leading yourself and your reactions
  • Being willing to do what others will not
  • Investing in work relationships
  • Lightening the leader’s load
  • Thinking about what people will need and having it ready in advance
  • Knowing when to push for your ideas and when to let go
  • Realizing that dissent is a gift

“Be Better Tomorrow Than You Are Today”

Further Reading

Sara Sampson and Kate Irwin-Smiler shared their bibliography:

  • Fillipa Marullo Anzalone, Servant Leadership: A New Model of Law Library Leaders, 99 Law Library J. 793 (2007).
  • Shirley K. Baker, Leading from Below: Or, Risking Getting Fired, 9 Library Administration & Management 238 (1985).
  • Robert K. Greenleaf, The Servant as Leader (rev. ed. 1991).
  • Marc Hurwitz and Samantha Hurwitz, Leadership is Half the Story: A Fresh Look at Followership, Leadership, and Collaboration (2015).
  • Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, The Introverted Leader (2013).
  • Martha Lagace, “The Quiet Leader & How to Be One,” Working Knowledge http:hbswk.hbs.edu/item/2766.html (Feb 11, 2002).
  • John C. Maxwell, The 360° Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the Organization (2005).
  • Peter Guy Northouse, Leadership Theory & Practice (2004).

Betty Thomas with the Lincolns at the Opening Reception

~Betty Thomas~

This article was featured in the Spring 2015 issue of the Southeastern Law Librarian, the official newsletter of the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries.  It is reprinted here with permission.

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Charlotte School of Law: Did You Know?


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ALR Student’s Corner: And Justice for All – A Review

“Don’t you care? Don’t you even care? They’re people you know? They’re just people… He’s dead! Half hour after they put him in the lockup he hanged himself. God damn it!”

We often become too familiar with our jobs. That along with losing passion, fatigue, personal issues, and conflicts may cause us to bring down our standards. Laws form the boundaries of our society, structure our government, maintain order, guarantee our rights and the freedom of private enterprise, regulate complicated affairs, and punish wrongdoers. However, what drove most of us, or at least many, to pursue a career in law is the idea of justice. Justice can be defined as the truth pursuant to the evidence, what is right under the totality of the circumstance, or what the law interprets as permissible based on the facts presented.

In “And Justice for All,” Al Pacino plays defense attorney, Arthur Kirkland, who has a reputation for having a high moral standard. He is also known to have bad blood with an authoritative judge named Henry Fleming, who is accused of raping and assaulting a woman. Unfortunately, Kirkland is forced to represent Fleming because the judge threatened to disbar him for breaking client confidentiality unless he takes the case. Because he is tied up with the big case, Kirkland asks a friend to fill in for him on a case involving a gullible transgender defendant who is accused of robbery and is petrified of how other inmates will treat him if he is convicted.

The lines quoted at the beginning of this article are from the scene where Kirkland finds out that his friend has neglected to request probation before judgment and the transgender defendant has committed suicide after being sentence to serve time. Not knowing all the facts, the friend yells, in response, that it’s just nickel and dime.

Defense attorneys make deals with prosecutors to request a favor in return, prosecutors want to be a star by convicting a judge, defense attorneys and prosecutors both fabricate or hide evidence to win the case. Kirkland says in his opening statement that the intention of justice is that the guilty people are proven guilty and the innocent are freed. He adds that the only problem is that both sides would like to win regardless of the truth, regardless of who’s guilty, because winning is everything.

The adversarial system has its merits. The procedural laws have its merits. If anyone’s been in an actual hearing or a trial in session, they would realize that nothing would be done without the strict rules governing the process, and the truth is often revealed during the cross-examinations and the presentation of evidence by the adverse parties. The courts also rule not only based on the law but on equity. The law is not only prescribed and remedies are ordered according to what is reasonable.

Then what is it that makes people fear the law yet not respect lawyers? Why do we entrust so much power to a profession that is not so trusted? Is it because lawyers are not honest?

Sam, Kirkland’s grandfather asks him if he’s a good, honest lawyer. Kirkland answers with a sarcastic tone that being honest doesn’t have much to do with being a lawyer. Sam replies back, “if you’re not honest, you’ve got nothing.” However, if all attorneys are completely honest, many defendants will not get a fair trial. We don’t want that. The issues and disputes that end up in court may be extremely complicated and confusing. Anyone can be the defendant – whether they meant to or not, and more importantly, judges will be more prone to be wrong if they only hear one side of the story. In that sense, although TV ads make you feel otherwise jaded, thank God there are plenty of defense attorneys.

If it’s not the law, and if it’s not the lawyers, why is it so difficult to achieve justice? Is the blindfold on lady justice getting in the way when she reads the scale and strikes that sword? I believe that regardless of how we might feel about the justice system we are on the right track and it’s a process in which we will ultimately build the most ideal system to achieve justice. Developments in technology, open public discussions, political debates, and new laws protecting individual rights are all examples of how we can and are advancing to construct a better justice system.

In “And Justice for All,” the defendant judge passes the polygraph although he later admits that he raped and assaulted the victim. Today’s DNA testing technology, and more advanced polygraph tests could have helped the prosecutor in cases like the one in “And Justice for All” where there were no witnesses other than the one planted by the defendant. Forensic use of DNA technology in criminal cases began in 1986, whereas the movie took place in 1979. North Carolina also permits the use of DNA evidence. As for polygraph (aka lie detector) test results, in many states including New York, Texas, Illinois, and the District of Columbia they are generally inadmissible. Some states do recognize them as admissible evidence and some permit them only to support probable cause for warrants.

Although I’m not sure how the law was back then, now no one in a courtroom would be able to shout things out, make comments, laugh and whistle without being held in contempt.

Human history is not that lengthy. Yet even after including prehistoric times, humans have been on this earth for only about 30 seconds out of a day in Earth’s time. Although we have achieved so much during the past few millennia, we are only discovering what we can do with what we have, not only with tangible materials but also with the products of our minds. As one of the greatest inventions and tools that was essential to our development and prosperity, the law and the justice system have evolved greatly, and will continue to change to one day achieve justice for all.

This film is available as part of the Charlotte School of Law Library DVD collection.

~Inchang Moses Sye, L’15~

Class Advisor – Susan Catterall, Esq.

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Proud of Our Mission: Issue 15

Check out our July 23, 2015 issue of Proud of Our Mission to learn more about our schools, including:

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