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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The 50th Anniversary of The Civil Rights Act of 1964


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


~Betty Thomas~

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Global Entrepreneurship Week in Charlotte


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~

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