Every spring, Charlotte School of Law’s (Charlotte Law) Student Bar Association (SBA) hosts a Law Week event. Law Week is executed by various student organizations through the sponsorship of the SBA. Each student organization is given the latitude to organize an event centered on a theme selected by the SBA. This year’s Law Week, scheduled for April 6-10, is themed: Practice Ready. Practice readiness is a central pillar of Charlotte Law’s mission. SBA President, 3L William “Marlowe” Rary II, M.Ed., selected this theme because he felt that “it [was] important that students [were] prepared to practice law upon entrance to the bar.” Through Marlowe’s efforts, this year’s Law Week consists of over ten student organizations representing a variety of practice areas. Some of the practice areas include: international, business, property, sports & entertainment, criminal, and immigration. Out of the plethora of events scheduled for that week, there is one event that is gaining traction from students and prominent members of the city of Charlotte’s greater community. This event is a podcast event hosted by Charlotte Law’s Immigration Law Society (ILS) featuring Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and author of national bestseller, Enrique’s Journey, Sonia Nazario.
Nazario is an award winning journalist who spent over 20 years reporting and writing about social issues for various U.S. newspapers. Nazario originally wrote about Enrique’s Journey as a series in the L.A. Times, which won her the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. Random House turned Enrique’ Journey into a book that became a national bestseller. In 2014, when there was an influx on unaccompanied minors at the border, Nazario went to Honduras to report on the crisis and her article was published in the N.Y. Times. Nazario consequently addressed the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Nazario has received various awards such as the George Polk Award for International Reporting, National Association of Hispanic Journalists Guillermo Martinez-Marquez Award, and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. Nazario has been featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, NBC’s Meet the Press, and Anderson Cooper 360. Most recently, Nazario was named a 2015 Champion for Children by First Focus, and the 2015 Golden Door winner by HIAS Pennsylvania.
Carol Naples, 3L and President of ILS, was introduced to Enrique’s Journey in fall 2014 as a student in the Honorable Holmes-Simmons, “Undocumented Children and the Law” course. Judge Holmes-Simmons is currently a sitting judge for the U.S. Immigration Court in Charlotte. Naples, an aspiring North Carolina and New Jersey Immigration Law attorney, was so touched by Enrique’s Journey that she emailed Nazario to express her gratitude. Naples informed Nazario that her book was being used for her class and told Nazario about her desire to have Nazario visit Charlotte School of Law. Nazario immediately agreed and was willing to reduce her standard speaking fees to make this request a reality. Despite Naples’ unrelenting efforts, Naples and the ILS were unable to secure enough funding to bring Nazario to the law school. However, Naples’ efforts did not end there. Naples again reached out to Nazario and proposed a podcast option. Nazario recognizing Naples’ efforts, agreed to host a one hour podcast without charge.
This event is reserved solely for Charlotte Law administration, faculty, staff, students and immigration stakeholders in the community. Naples hopes that this event will encourage Charlotte Law to bring notable individuals, like Nazario, to Charlotte Law and the local legal community. Enrique’s Journey allowed for “open discussions centered on immigration, our legal system, and how we, as new attorneys, can become involved,” said Naples. “For those who have no desire to work in Immigration Law, I hope that this event will give them a glimpse of the humanitarian aspect of Immigration Law and possibly provide some insight into a field of law that encompass and influence other areas of law such as criminal and family law,” Naples said.
Charlotte Law thanks Nazario for her willingness to contribute to the successful implementation of SBA’s 2015 Law Week through the Immigration Law Society.
If you are an immigration stakeholder in the Charlotte community interested in attending this event, please contact Carol Naples at email@example.com to RSVP by April 7.
For more information regarding Charlotte Law’s Law Week events, contact SBA President Marlowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.