Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — March 30, 2015

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5 Effective Brainstorming Exercises

Brainstorming is used when you’re searching for ideas and discovering possibilities that may be found in problems. The most common brainstorming exercise is to simply write down your ideas on a sheet of paper. Though, this may be an effective approach, you might like to change technique and find certain exercises that fit your personal learning path.

Ten Things to Do Instead of Checking Email

So, let’s imagine that you’re in your office, and have about 15 minutes before you need to walk out of your building to get to a meeting. What do you do in those 15 minutes?  Many readers probably answered “check email.” Checking email has become the default work-ish activity for many professionals. I said work-ish because while checking email may be work-related, for most people it is not a central activity of their work.

The First “Teaching Law Firm”? Law School Applies for ABS License

Nottingham Law School, part of Nottingham Trent University, has applied to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for an alternative business structure (ABS) licence that would allow it to create a “teaching law firm”.  The application is believed to be the first made by a university and, if granted, would apply to the law school’s newly expanded Legal Advice Centre.

The Best Legal Pad for Legal Work

Is there another tool that lawyers rely upon more — yet think about less — than the humble legal pad?

Top Five Marketing Tips for Legal Professionals

Pick two days every week when you are going to get out of the office and have a face-to-face meeting with a client, referral source or potential client. You won’t get any new assignments by working through lunch or joining your law firm colleagues for drinks. Instead, meet a client for coffee, meet a referral source for lunch or dinner, and meet prospective clients at a trade association meeting.

Bar Exam, the Standard to Become a Lawyer, Comes Under Fire

For decades, law school graduates have endured a stressful rite of passage, spending the first 10 weeks after classes end taking cram courses in the arcane details of the law before sitting down for the grueling, days-long bar exam. Those who do not pass cannot practice law, at least in nearly all the states and the District of Columbia that consider the exam the professional standard.  But that standard, so long unquestioned, is facing a new round of scrutiny — not just from the test takers but from law school deans and some state legal establishments.

Celebrating Women: Women’s History on Pinterest

March is designated as Women’s History Month and this year the National Women’s History Project has selected “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” as the theme. To help commemorate Women’s History Month, the Library has created a Pinterest Board that offers a visual celebration of the diverse stories of women in the United States.

How to Get Your Government Paycheck

A snazzy infographic about the ins and outs of government jobs related to criminal justice.

Inside Google’s Insanely Popular Emotional-Intelligence Course

How one of Google’s original engineers became a self-help guru, and why thousands are on waiting lists for his course.

We Are David Dow

Lawyers are furious with Texas for suspending an effective death penalty defense attorney.

Google Sends Reporter a GIF instead of a “No Comment”

This adorable animated GIF is apparently the official answer Google sent to a Daily Dot reporter in response to his seeming scoop on a new YouTube livestreaming plan. Richard Lewis reported that Google-owned YouTube was going to take a new swing at “eSports”—a.k.a. watching other people play videogames—as services like Amazon’s Twitch gain popularity.

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Faculty Spotlight: Amy Meyers

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Our faculty serve as consultants to local media outlets when topics arise that align with their individual specializations.   Here’s an example: Professor Amy Meyers was recently interviewed by Fox 46 about medical malpractice cases.

http://www.fox46charlotte.com/story/28576387/judge-issues-doctor-charged-with-sex-crimes-against-patients-unsecured-bond

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Student Spotlight: Teach for America

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Charlotte School of Law Associate Dean Kama Pierce, in association with Teach for America, recently visited a 5th grade class at Windsor Elementary School in Charlotte.  Pierce was accompanied by two of her students, Eric Ramirez and Brianna Appnel.  The team brought a dynamic learning experience to the elementary class that taught basic law concepts through a fact scenario and statute.  The students dissected the information together through group interactions reinforcing reading, writing, and reasoning skills.  The students broke off into two groups that were prepped for a trial and then each presented their case.  It was a memorable experience for all involved.

 

Teach for America seeks to solve educational inequality and believes all students can achieve when held to high expectations and supported by advocates who help them overcome poverty challenges.

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Need a Break? The Library Can Help with Our Legal Themed Movie Collection!

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In 2012, we blogged about the 25 greatest legal movies of all time and took a poll as to which movies our students preferred most.

This time we are reposting the 2008 ABA Journal listing which featured 25 of the best legal movies and we’ve added hyperlinks to the records in our own library catalog.  Take a look and see what’s available.  We might have something that will help you make the most of your relaxation time over Spring Break!

  1. To kill a mockingbird [videorecording]
  2. 12 angry men [videorecording]
  3. My cousin Vinny [videorecording]
  4. Anatomy of a murder [videorecording]
  5. Inherit the wind [videorecording]
  6. Witness for the prosecution : [DVD]
  7. Erin Brockovich [videorecording]
  8. The verdict [videorecording]
  9. Presumed innocent [videorecording]
  10. Judgment at Nuremberg [videorecording]
  11. A man for all seasons [videorecording]
  12. A Few good men [videorecording]
  13. Chicago [videorecording]
  14. Kramer vs. Kramer [videorecording]
  15. The paper chase [videorecording]
  16. Reversal of fortune [videorecording]
  17. Compulsion [videorecording]
  18. And justice for all [videorecording]
  19. In the name of the father [videorecording]
  20. A civil action [videorecording]
  21. Amistad [videorecording]
  22. Miracle on 34th Street [videorecording]

Honorable Mentions

  • THE ACCUSED (1988) Jodie Foster is a woman who is gang-raped in a bar and, when the rapists go free, goads a reluctant prosecutor to pursue the patrons who urged them on. The accused [videorecording]
  • ADAM’S RIB (1949) George Cukor’s mannered comedy, with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as married lawyers who oppose each other in court. Adam’s rib [videorecording]
  • BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956) Dana Andrews is a writer who sets himself up on a murder rap to reveal the shortcomings of circum­stantial evidence.
  • THE CAINE MUTINY (1954) Humphrey Bogart is riveting in this adaptation of Herman Wouk’s complex novel about military authority and moral duty. The Caine mutiny [videorecording]
  • CLASS ACTION (1991) A father and daughter clash in and outside the courtroom as they square off in a volatile product liability case. Class action [videorecording]
  • THE CLIENT (1994) Susan Sarandon is an underwhelming lawyer who finds herself representing a young boy who has witnessed a Mafia hit. The Client [videorecording]
  • COUNSELLOR AT LAW (1933) John Barrymore is a workaholic lawyer who is in danger of losing his family in this William Wyler film.
  • THE COURT-MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL (1955) Otto Preminger directs Gary Cooper in this tale of the real-life maverick general who thinks an airplane can sink a ship—and is court-martialed for proving it. The Court-martial of Billy Mitchell [videorecording]
  • THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE (1997) A new attorney introduced into the world’s most powerful law firm discovers that its managing partner is morally challenged. Devil’s advocate [videorecording]
  • THE FIRM (1993) Tom Cruise is recruited by a prestigious law firm that he gradually learns has a very sinister background. The Firm [videorecording]
  • THE FORTUNE COOKIE (1966) Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon romp in this Billy Wilder comedy about a sleazy lawyer who talks a relative into feigning injury for the sake of a lawsuit.
  • GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI (1996) The true story of efforts to bring to justice Byron De La Beckwith for the 30-year-old murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Ghosts of Mississippi [videorecording]
  • INTOLERABLE CRUELTY (2003) The Coen brothers reveal their take on divorce law. George Clooney is at his toothy best.
  • JAGGED EDGE (1985) Defense attorney Glenn Close gets close to a client, played by Jeff Bridges, who is on trial for the murder of his heiress wife. Jagged edge [videorecording]
  • JFK (1991) Oliver Stone takes on New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s efforts to solve the Kennedy assassination. History yields to riveting storytelling.
  • LEGALLY BLONDE (2001) Reese Witherspoon became one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood after ridiculing the elitism of Harvard Law. Legally blonde [videorecording]
  • LIAR, LIAR (1997) A hilarious vehicle for Jim Carrey, who plays a lawyer who finds he is physically incapable of telling a fib. Liar liar [videorecording]
  • MICHAEL CLAYTON (2007) George Clooney shines in this look at the dark underbelly of big-firm law. Michael Clayton [videorecording]
  • MUSIC BOX (1989) Hungarian immigrant Mike Laszlo, accused of being a war criminal, asks his daughter (Jessica Lange) to defend him in court. She learns more about him than she wants to know.
  • NORTH COUNTRY (2005) It’s one wom­an against the system: The extra­ordinary Charlize Theron plays a miner who sues the company. North country [videorecording]
  • THE PELICAN BRIEF (1993) A law stu­dent discovers a plot to assassinate U.S. Supreme Court justices in this John Grisham adaptation. The pelican brief [videorecording]
  • THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1996) Cameos abound in this portrayal of the trial of the renowned porn publisher. The people vs. Larry Flynt [videorecording]
  • PRIMAL FEAR (1996) Richard Gere is the attorney and Edward Norton a young altar boy accused of killing a priest in a story whose plot twists and turns. Primal fear DVD 126 [videorecording]
  • THE RAINMAKER (1997) Another John Grisham lawyer fights the system, this time with Matt Damon starring and Francis Ford Coppola directing. John Grisham’s The rainmaker [videorecording]
  • A TIME TO KILL (1996) An earnest retelling of the Grisham novel about a racially charged killing in the Deep South. Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock spark. A time to kill [videorecording]

~Jane Fraytet~

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Charlotte School of Law Now Offering Corporate Compliance Certificate Program Online

Charlotte School of Law announced earlier this week a new online Corporate Compliance Certificate Program beginning July 2015 that will prepare graduates for the CCEP (Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional) exam.  According to the article “The Hottest Job in America: Compliance Officer” from the Wall Street Journal, “In a U.S. economy struggling to create jobs, at least one field is booming: compliance.  Hefty fines and other penalties have jolted companies, especially banks, into a compliance hiring spree, as governments at home and abroad tighten business laws and regulations and ramp up their enforcement activity.”

The program provides a certificate needed to start a career in the compliance field where there are opportunities for recent or experienced college graduates looking for career advancement.  Law students and lawyers may also advance in compliance, particularly individuals who hope to work in financial and securities sectors.  Completion of a CCB (Compliance Certification Board) accredited academic program is the only way for a person with no prior work experience in compliance to sit for the CCB certification exam.   For recent college or law school graduates, the compliance certificate offers a cost-effective, time-efficient route to a career in this field.

The city of Charlotte has been named one of the 10 fastest growing U.S. cities by CNNMoney, and is a major U.S. financial center.  As the second largest banking center in the U.S., Charlotte serves as headquarters for the nation’s second largest financial institution by assets, Bank of America.  Charlotte also serves as the headquarters for Wells Fargo’s capital markets activities including sales and trading, equity research, and investment banking.  There are eight Fortune 500 corporations in the Charlotte metropolitan area including Bank of America, Lowe’s, Nucor, Duke Energy, Sonic Automotive, Family Dollar, SPX Corporation, and Domtar.

Our faculty includes both industry experts and law professors which offers students the unique opportunity to balance rigorous academics with practical real-world experience. Our faculty includes:

  • Kevin Anderson, CCEP, Divisional Vice President at Family Dollar
  • Peter C. Anderson, CCEP, Principal at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
  • Beau H. Baez, Assistant Professor of Law
  • Beth M. Colling, CCEP, Vice President & Chief Compliance Officer at Schlaeffer Group, USA
  • Tiffani W. Greene, CCEP, Partner at Compliance Ally Consulting
  • Susan Rowe, Director of Legal Writing & Research and Assistant Professor

The courses for this program will be offered entirely online, including lectures, office hours, and examinations.  All courses are delivered in an asynchronous format, so that students can progress at their own pace.  The program consists of eighteen (18) credit hours for non-lawyers.  Law students and lawyers may skip the first two classes.  The curriculum covers the subject matter tested on the CCEP exam.

Visit the course website at www.CharlotteCorporateCompliance.com for more information or to apply.  You can also contact our Program Coordinator at (704) 808-8030 or CharlotteCorporateCompliance@Charlottelaw.edu.

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