Spring 2015 Library Booklist

The Spring 2015 Library Booklist has been posted on the Charlotte Law Library in a Nutshell Guide, and is available for viewing and download.

If you have any questions about the Booklist please call the Circulation Desk at (704) 971-8574.

~Erica Tyler~

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Small Practice Center Spotlight: Camille NeSmith


Camille NeSmith, Small Practice Center Participant

Landlords and tenants often have a misunderstanding of their obligations to each other and to the leased premises.  This misunderstanding often leads to uncomfortable situations that neither anticipated when entering into the rental agreement.  During a dispute, self-help is not permitted by either party.  Tenants must continue to pay rent and landlords cannot improperly evict.  Either party should seek the advice of an attorney if a written request to correct a violation goes unanswered.

Communication is important, but documentation is the key.  All oral promises, agreements, or necessary notices should be quickly written down, dated, and delivered to the other party via email, text, or certified mail.  A date stamped copy of all correspondence should be kept by the sender.

Both landlord and tenant should check their local codes and ordinances to ensure they are compliant with both state and local laws.

Practice Areas: Veteran’s Law, Landlord/Tenant Law, Entertainment Law, Personal Injury

Contact Information:
Camille NeSmith (Small Practice Center Participant)
NeSmith Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
1300 South Blvd., Suite K-114
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-971-8620
Blog: http://nesmithlaw.blogspot.com
E-mail: c.camille@nesmithlawfirm.com

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Charlotte School of Law Hosts One-Day Legal Writing Institute Workshop


Charlotte School of Law  hosted a Legal Writing Institute (LWI) one-day workshop on December 5, 2014 themed “Preparing Practice-Ready Students: What Every Legal Writer Needs to Know Before Putting Pen to Paper.”

This was the first time Charlotte School of Law hosted an LWI workshop. The theme of “practice-ready students” reinforces Charlotte Law’s strong dedication to engage students in experiential learning from the first day of class and ready them to add value to an organization upon graduation. There were 30 law professors and practitioners present from across the region.

Lucy Jewel, associate professor of law at the University of Tennessee College of Law remarked:

“Charlotte Law School was a wonderful host and the facility was quite impressive – an architecturally beautiful setting in the heart of downtown Charlotte, state-of-the-art technology, and a buzzing community of students and teachers collaborating together.”

Presenters included Laura Graham, Wake Forest University School of Law, Lucy Jewel, University of Tennessee College of Law, Alexa Chew, University of North Carolina School of Law, Anne Burr, University of Michigan Law School, Suzanne Rabe, The University of Arizona, James E. Rogers School of Law, and O.J. Salinas, University of North Carolina School of Law.

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Charlotte School of Law Named to 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll


The Charlotte School of Law Pro Bono and Community Service Programs were named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll List under the Economic Opportunity Category by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). This recognition signifies the highest federal recognition that higher education institutions can receive for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement.

Charlotte School of Law (CSL) is one of 766 institutions selected nationally for the honor roll in four categories—general community service, interfaith community service, economic opportunity and education.  CSL’s recognition in the Economic Opportunity category highlights the law school’s pro bono student group project work that have benefited the financial well-being and security of economically disadvantaged individuals.

Some examples of the recognized pro bono projects include the CSL Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program that helps low-income individuals file federal tax returns and the CSL Expunction & Reentry Project that reduces collateral effects of criminal records to enable individuals to improve their job and housing prospects.

“We are honored to be named on this year’s Honor Roll,” said Assistant Professor Sean Lew who directs CSL’s Pro Bono Program. “Our law school’s mission pillar is centered upon student success and service to the underserved.”

CNCS has administered the award since 2006 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Contact and the Interfaith Youth Core.  Established as a federal agency in 1993, CNCS engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs — Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund — and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — December 15, 2014


Watch Scroobius Pip’s ‘Library’ Poem

The ‘library’ comes to life…

4 Ways to User Technology to De-stress

As students, faculty and staff head into finals week, it is easy to be caught up in the stress of completing the semester. Since stress reduces work efficiency and productivity, it is important to remain calm and cool while finishing your work. Despite its reputation as a distraction during finals time, technology can actually help you de-stress.

The Power of Checklists

In the modern age, we know more than ever before, and the information has never been so readily available.  And yet individuals and organizations often fail to deliver on the promise of all this knowledge. In fact, we are often the victim, and the architect, of head-slapping displays of incompetence when it comes to delivering what’s been promised, or forgetting routine things that have no business being overlooked.  Why is there so often this mismatch between potential and application?

How Are Your Punctuation Skills?  Try this Comparison Exercise to Find Out!

My fellow lawyers often bristle when I tell them that, on the whole, our profession can’t punctuate. It’s rare that I don’t have to change commas, colons or hyphens in almost every line of type in any brief or contract I review. But that’s because I’m applying the standards of The Chicago Manual of Style, Words into Type, The Elements of Style (affectionately known as Strunk and White), or my own guide, The Redbook: A Manual on Legal Style.


Legal Newsrooms May Be Shrinking, but Coverage Is Increasing via Blogs

The New York Times’ David Carr (Carr2n) writes that like most of us he is a big fan of disruption until it hits close to home.  One hundred New York Times’ staffers have until Monday to accept early buyouts. A generous buyout combined with a questionable future means longtime fellow employees of Carr’s are considering leaving.

From Lawyer to Blogger to Novelist: An Interview with David Lat, Author of Supreme Ambitions

I am a huge fan and avid reader of legal fiction. I review law-related novels for the Wall Street Journal, and here at Above the Law we sometimes interview lawyers turned novelists (see, e.g., Tara Conklin, Justin Peacock, Allison Leotta, and Helen Wan).  I am now pleased and proud to join the ranks of these lawyer-novelists. My debut novel, Supreme Ambitions, is finally out. It’s being published by Ankerwycke, the new trade-publishing imprint of the American Bar Association dedicated to publishing fiction and accessible non-fiction (or at least more accessible than, say, an ERISA treatise or practice management handbook).

Mint Sets up Shop in Charlotte, 1837

On December 4, 1837, a branch of the United States Mint opened in Charlotte.  The 1799 discovery of a 17-pound nugget by John Reed in Cabarrus County secured North Carolina’s place as the epicenter of the nation’s first gold fever epidemic. Since miners in North Carolina supplied almost all of the gold sent to the U. S. Mint in Philadelphia, Charlotte residents were determined to attract a branch office. The U.S. Mint agreed, and construction began in 1835. It was completed two years later on West Trade Street.

Fresno County Librarians Leave the Branch behind, Hit the Road

The image of the shy librarian who points you to the latest novel or reference materials is getting a makeover by the Fresno County library system. The new-styled librarian is bolting out from behind the counter to meet Fresno County business owners and organizations and showcase library services.  Seven Fresno County librarians are fanning out in brand new Toyota Priuses to meet one-on-one with business owners or nonprofits, attend community events and inform the public about free services the library system offers.

Recommended Resting

Napping students — exhausted by long nights of studying for exams or writing term papers — are common in campus libraries. But at Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, sleeping students can now be found resting in comfortable recliners, instead of snoring into open textbooks.  Last month, the library unveiled a technology-free relaxation area called the “ZieSta Room.” The room — which originated as a proposal from a group of students — encourages students to turn off their electronics, put away their books, and take a quick study break, even if that means falling asleep.

Google should Pay Authors for Scanned Books, U.S. Appeals Court Told

Google Inc’s massive effort to scan millions of books for a digital library violates copyright law, illegally depriving authors of licensing fees, royalties and sales, a lawyer for a group of authors told a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday.

5 Questions to Simplify Your Life During the Holidays

For many people, the holiday season is the busiest, most complicated, most stressful time of year.  Holiday parties, gift shopping and wrapping, decorating, travel plans, end-of-the-year projects, planning for the new year … these are all added on top of your regular business. And life before the holidays was already pretty busy.  So what can we do to simplify? Is it even possible to simplify when things are getting crazy?

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