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Sports Law — Practice in Context


Associate Professor Jonathan Fine’s Sports Law–Practice in Context class field trip (Apr 17, 2015)

On April 17, 2015, Charlotte Law’s “Sports Law — Practice in Context” class had the opportunity to tour the BB&T Ballpark and then held class in the club lounge. Earlier in the semester, the class worked on negotiation and drafting of certain provisions of a typical ballpark lease agreements.  The idea behind the tour was to give the students a hands-on view of some of the operational aspects of those lease agreements.

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — April 27, 2015


World Book Day: 10 Most Beautiful Libraries around the World

World Book Day, celebrated on 23 April by UNESCO, marks the anniversaries of the deaths of William Shakespeare and the author Miguel de Cervantes. First observed in 1995, the date has been marked as a celebration of books and the cultural wealth reading provides. In celebration of the day, here are some of the most beautiful libraries in the world, both modern and ancient, from a tiny library covered in firewood to an all-white building inspired by the Pantheon of ancient Rome.

From Law School to Practice: Meeting Employer Expectations

In a recent paper, Professors Chew and Pryal, University of North Carolina School of Law, identified areas where legal employers’ expectations concerning law students and recent graduates diverge.

The Net Neutrality Order has Hit the Federal Register!

Get your calendars out. It’s time to calculate the date by which petitions for judicial review of the FCC’s Open Internet Report and Order (R&O) must be filed. That’s because the event that triggers that calculation – publication of the R&O in the Federal Register – has now occurred.  Petitions for review of this kind of FCC proceeding are due to be filed within 60 days of the release of the agency decision. The date of “release” is the date of Federal Register publication, i.e., April 13. That means that petitions for review of theR&O by a federal appeals court must be filed no later than June 12, 2015. BUT if you’ve got your heart set on having the appeal heard by a particular circuit, you should definitely NOT wait until the last minute.

How to Promote Your Blog Effectively [Infographic]

In digital marketing, there is always a new trend, a new technology or a new way of thinking to take into account. But there is still a place for the humble blog. An infographic from Referral Candy provides tips from top marketing experts to improve your blog, and more importantly to promote your blog effectively.

Quitting as a Productivity Tactic

Check your to do list. See that one item? The one that’s been there for weeks? Before you beat yourself up about how yet again, you haven’t done something you’ve been dreading, ask yourself the question: Do I really need to do this?

Infographics Make the Complex Simple for a Jury, Presenter Says

There are few things in litigation more difficult than making the complex simple, says veteran trial lawyer Randy Juip, a partner at the Livonia, Mich., firm Foley, Baron, Metzger & Juip, but it’s part of a trial lawyer’s job.  And the best way to do that, Juip said in an ABA Techshow presentation Friday on Data, Logic, and Persuasion: the Analysis and Presentation of Complex Data to a Lay Audience, is to use infographics that will effectively illustrate your data without confusing the jury.

Takaharu Tezuka: The Best Kindergarten You’ve Ever Seen

At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into. Meet: the world’s cutest kindergarten, designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka. In this charming talk, he walks us through a design process that really lets kids be kids.

Rescued Cat Nurses Sick Animals Back to Health

A cat that was saved from dying on the streets of Poland has now become a “nurse” to other animals in the shelter, Central European News (CEN) reported.

Young Gun

In 1882, Sheriff Pat Garrett published his account of the apprehension and death of Billy the Kid, whom he shot and killed on July 14, 1881.  “‘The Kid’ had a lurking devil in him; it was a good-humored, jovial imp, or a cruel and blood-thirsty fiend, as circumstances prompted. Circumstances favored the worser angel, and ‘The Kid’ fell,” Garrett wrote in “The Authentic Life of Billy, the Kid.”  Marshal Ashmun Upson, a friend of Garrett who was also a newspaper journalist, actually ghostwrote the book.

Your Assignment: Host a Campus Wide Event (Libraries and Active Learning)

As a follow-up to my post last week about our seven classrooms, I wanted to quickly share an example of how we are impacting teaching and learning.

Managing Expectations

Finding appropriate work-life balance seems to be a never-ending quest in many lines of work, and academia is no exception. It’s all too easy to work far too late into the evening, grading, preparing classes, or (everyone’s favorite!) answering email.

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ALR Student’s Corner: Department of Commerce: Minority Business Development Agency


The Commerce Department’s mission is to make American businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad. Responsible for everything from weather forecasts to patent protection, the following twelve departments of the Commerce Department impact the everyday lives of all Americans:

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) embodies the Commerce Department’s goal of maximizing job creation and global competitiveness by creating a new generation of minority-owned businesses that generate $100 million in annual revenues.  The MBDA provides services in five major areas globally through its business center:

Global Business Development: Focus is on the importance of minority-owned businesses as a key component of U.S. international trade. Minority-owned firms have the most favorable export attributes of any sector of the U.S. economy and represent the future of export growth.

Access to Capital and Financial Management: MBDA’s business advisors offer extensive experience in commercial lending and banking, financial, credit and risk analysis and general finance counseling.

Access to Contracts: MBDA business development specialists provide procurement assistance to help minority-owned firms do business with the federal, state, and local governments as well as private corporations. These specialists provide identification of procurement opportunities, solicitation analysis, bid and proposal preparation, research contract award histories, post-award contract administration, and certifications assistance.

Access to Markets: MBDA services in this area include government procurement assistance, private sector contract identification, and specialized certification assistance, including 8(a), MBE, and Small Disadvantaged Business. Assistance with market research, market plan development, and marketing communications is provided, as well.

Strategic Business Consulting: This service area includes strategic and business planning, staffing, organization and structure, policies and procedures, and general business consulting.

Most recently, MBDA featured a segment on how minority manufacturing businesses have strengthened the “Made in America” brand. This year, MBDA recognized a couple of businesses for outstanding manufacturing impact and achieving significant success in employing new and innovative techniques that led to a significant increase in market share, job growth, and customer satisfaction. “Manufacturing creates good jobs and has the largest multiplier effect of any part of the economy,” said Alejandra Y. Castillo, MBDA National Director. “We are very proud of the tremendous achievements of minority businesses in the manufacturing industry that help grow the national economy through innovation, job and wealth creation.”

MBDA’s website is user friendly and provides an unlimited amount of information and resources, including a repository of publications for public research and review, dedicated to minority business developments.


~ Zona Julien, L’15 ~

Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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Metrolina Library Association Tech Summit 2015


Librarians in the 21st Century are immersed in emerging technologies both in operating libraries and in helping patrons.  Each spring the Metrolina Library Association hosts a Tech Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina. Usually the format includes four presenters on topics of interest to Charlotte area librarians.  The focus is on state-of-the-art technology developments that might find use in libraries. On Friday, March 13th Johnson and Wales University – Charlotte hosted this year’s Summit. A summary of the presentations follow:

Really Augmenting Your Library: AR Possibilities for Librarians

Presenter: Judy Walker, J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Describing augmented reality (AR) as QR codes on steroids, Judy got our attention. Augmented reality is along the spectrum from real world to virtual reality. Using augmented reality, graphics, audio, video, or text can be superimposed on real world items in real time. Information can be embedded in a “target” and read/played using a mobile device. She used her office sign as the “target.” Using Aurasma Studio she created an overlay (a video of her giving instructions) and then created an aura. By aiming a mobile device at the target, her video popped up. There are a number of free apps. ColAR, Elements 4D and Fetch Lunch are some interesting examples. Augmented reality could be used for creating after-hours messages, facilitating scavenger hunts, training student workers, putting information in different places within the library, or even having students talk about their art in a gallery display of student artwork. Short videos of different projects using AR can be found at Judy’s guide:

Telling the Library’s Story through Social Media

Presenter: Katy Rust, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Katy leads a team of 20 people, the Library 3.0: Social Media Team. These people come from all parts of the library and represent as diverse a mix as possible. Each person has access to the library’s social media platforms which include Tumbler, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. They divide up a schedule so that someone is always monitoring the online discussions. Some of the advice she gave during her presentation included the following:

  • Be really good where you are and not try to be everywhere.
  • Be there and manage the conversation.
  • Treat your community like people, not numbers. (Think of it as an extension of a branch.)
  • What happens on the internet stays there forever. (Don’t be defensive or argue.)
  • Carry the conversation in less public manner.
  • Social media is no quick fix.
  • Listen, then talk.

Since the project went into operation in January 2014, the team has worked to keep the library’s brand consistent in all places, found and created content that tells the library’s story, and constantly analyzed everything to see what works towards the organization’s goals and change what’s not going well.


Gestural Interfaces

Presenter: Beth Martin, J. Murrey Atkins Library, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Beth demonstrated Myo ($199), a bracelet like apparatus that reads gestures made by the electronic impulses in your arm. She was able to stand across the room and advance a PowerPoint presentation by moving her arm in a certain way.


The armband can also be used to control iTunes, Spotify, VLC Media Player and Netflix video players. For video gamers, Myo and Oculus Rift will be a natural combination.  As with most technology, the key is to play with the device to figure out its usefulness. Beth pointed to Kickstarter as a good place to look for new technology.

Mindful Librarianship

Presenter: Richard Moniz EdD, Johnson & Wales University – Charlotte Library

Many of us are overwhelmed with technology. Multitasking, we divide our attention on many different things at once. Technology often facilitates that behavior. After leading a short meditation session, Richard defined mindfulness as “the art of observing your physical, emotional, and mental experiences with deliberate, open and curious attention (Smalley & Winston).” The research findings show that mindfulness, whether meditation, yoga, tai-chi, or just self-reflection has demonstrable effect on the brain. Being in the moment also has a reference service application as it ties well with the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) Standards requiring librarians to be present in the moment in interactions with others. Libraries are picking up on this trend by holding classes and workshops on the topic, setting up meditation rooms, and holding meditation sessions in student centers to help students reduce their stress and learn to be more mindful.


~Betty Thomas~

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — April 20, 2015


 5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams

All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book. And yet so few of us actually do it. Brazilian entrepreneur Bel Pesce breaks down five easy-to-believe myths that ensure your dream projects will never come to fruition.

The Real Secret to Productivity

Google “productivity” and you’ll be dished up more than 200 million search results. Scroll around and you’ll find blogs, websites, apps, browser plug-ins, essays, subreddits, consulting firms, publishing houses, podcasts, and scientific studies devoted to productivity.  What’s the obsession? Our modern lives are inundated with more information than ever before, with pressure to do more, better, faster. There are productivity hacks (wake up early; develop a routine) abound to help us squeeze more high-quality work out of less high-quality time.  But here’s the thing: the secret to productivity is actually super simple. Ready for it?

The Cloud Has Landed: 10 Legal Tech Innovations and What They Mean

No matter your practice area or the number of attorneys in your organization, the 10 legal technology innovations outlined here affect you. No matter the size of your bank account, you can’t afford to ignore them.

Yes, Your Personality Matters to Clients

Finding clients, meeting with clients, and getting clients to retain your law firm is part of the daily grind for most attorneys.  Many attorneys resort to hard-sell techniques — emphasizing how awesome they are, recent successes, or industry awards — and neglect to actually connect with potential clients.

7 Classrooms: Library as a Pedagogical Incubator

In my library we talk a lot about partnerships as currency. The output of various relationships is one metric we use to measure impact. By converting underutilized space into learning environments we opened the doors for numerous new collaborations.

Why Libraries Still Matter: Insights from a Recent Study of Academic Libraries by Gensler

Just as I was contemplating topics for Library Week,  I had a chance to review a 2014 study which provided at least of one perspective on “Why Libraries Still Matter.”   The global architectural and design firm Gensler recently published a compilation of their Research Reports and one the reports asks “Why do students really go to the library?”

Doing National Library Week Right: TSCPL

Yesterday marked the start of National Library Week (#NLW15) in the US. Many libraries of all types do things to take advantage of this time, when ALA and other organizations have already primed the media to do library stories. Some, understandably, do more than others.  I’d like to show you a prime example of a public library that’s done #NLW15 right. Take a look at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) in Topeka, Kansas.

Librarians Are Here to Stay

I get asked every now and then about the future of librarians.  I work in an academic environment.  I get questions from students, faculty members, the general public, other librarians, you name ‘em.  The type of questions I get are contrasted, to some extent, with statements that with everything on the Internet we will be obsolete.  I’m sure many librarians, not just law librarians hear that.  Those with that attitude tend to think that because they never use a librarian’s services that no one else would need that assistance either.

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