Thomas Receives Lucile Elliott Scholarship Award

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Betty Thomas, Reference Librarian at Charlotte School of Law, has been awarded the Lucile Elliott Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL), was established to provide financial aid to improve one’s career in law librarianship. Part of the purpose of this award is to encourage recipients to remain in the profession.  The selection committee considered the length of membership in SEAALL, participation and service to the library profession, and the intended use of the scholarship. Thomas will be using the scholarship to attend the SEAALL Annual Meeting and Conference in April in Lexington, Kentucky. As a requirement of the scholarship Betty will be writing an article for the chapter’s quarterly newsletter, Southeastern Law Librarian.  Betty says she is “honored to receive the Lucile Elliott Scholarship and excited about going to SEAALL.”

Betty is also appreciative of the significant support from the management of the Charlotte School of Law in helping her achieve this recognition.


Betty Thomas

Betty Thomas, Part-Time Reference Librarian

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — March 23, 2014


 How to Deal with Crushing Feedback on Your Creative Work

The moment of truth arrives, when the client delivers his verdict: “Well, I have to say I expected something better than that.”  Sarah is crushed. For a moment, she almost starts defending the work and explaining the thinking behind it. But instead, she takes a deep breath and asks a question.  “What is it you’re not happy about?”

Law Librarians and the Technology-Ready Law Student

Christine M. Stouffer, Director of Library Services at Thompson Hine LLP in Cleveland, has a nice article in the February issue of the AALL Spectrum. It’s called, “Closing the Gap: Teaching ‘Practice-Ready’ Legal Skills,” and talks about the “widening gap between legal education and real-world legal practice skills” and the role that law librarians can play in narrowing that perceived gap.

 13 States Have Adopted Ethical Duty of Technology Competence

In 2012, something happened that I called a sea change in the legal profession: The American Bar Association formally approved a change to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to make clear that lawyers have a duty to be competent not only in the law and its practice, but also in technology.

Napa: Wine Library Pairs Bookworms, History Buffs

It turns out one of Napa Valley’s best places to learn about wine doesn’t even require a glass.  The Napa Valley Wine Library, which is housed at St. Helena’s public library, maintains one of the country’s most comprehensive collections of writing about wine.

New Service Could Wipe Clean Criminal Records

For the first time, the county’s SelfServe Center has joined with the Charlotte School of Law to offer an upcoming clinic to have certain criminal charges removed once and for all.

Take the 146-Question Knowledge Test Thomas Edison Gave to Prospective Employees (1921)

The unusual hiring practices of giant, innovative American technology companies have become the stuff of modern myth, but the usage of seemingly job-unrelated intellectual tests as a filter for potential employees has a much longer history. Thomas Edison, that original giant of American technological innovation, put forward the first famous example: a 146-question test on subjects of general knowledge from geography to history to physics to the price of gold.

Florida and the Science Who Must Not Be Named

The oceans are slowly overtaking Florida. Ancient reefs of mollusk and coral off the present-day coasts are dying. Annual extremes in hot and cold, wet and dry, are becoming more pronounced. Women and men of science have investigated, and a great majority agree upon a culprit. In the outside world, this culprit has a name, but within the borders of Florida, it does not.

LinkedIn Expands Efforts to Help Colleges Keep in Touch with Students and Alumni

LinkedIn is doing more these days to attract college students, and to work with colleges to use the website to get better data on what their students do after graduation.  The social-networking company announced on Wednesday a new feature that allows college students and graduates to add their college affiliation to the education section of their profile by clicking a button on the college’s website or in an email from the college. When they do that, public information from their profile, such as where they live and work and what they do, is then compiled into college-specific metrics.

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New Service Could Wipe Clean Criminal Records

Mecklenburg County and the Charlotte School of Law will help qualified residents clean up their criminal records (Credit: Charlotte Observer)

Write this number down: 704-971-8382.

It’s Mecklenburg County’s new “Expunction Line.” That’s a funny way of saying this: If you qualify, you now have the chance to scrub off at least part or maybe all of your criminal record.

For the first time, the county’s SelfServe Center has joined with the Charlotte School of Law to offer an upcoming clinic to have certain criminal charges removed once and for all.

Which brings us back to the “Expunction Line.” Call it this week if you want to participate. A voicemail will ask you to spell your first and last names, and also to leave a birthdate and a return phone number. The county will then do a criminal background check to determine eligibility.

Those who qualify will be invited to the upcoming clinic, which takes people through the process at no cost. Time and location are on a need-to-know basis since walk-ins are not invited. Eligible county residents may also be asked to begin the process by visiting the SelfServe Center in Suite 3350 of the courthouse, 832 E. Fourth St.

What if I don’t qualify?

You’ll still be called back and told when your eligibility begins. If you’re not eligible for the service at any time, you’ll get a call to discuss other options.

What kind of records can be wiped clean?

State law is pretty specific. Three types of crime generally qualify for removal.

▪ A first-time, nonviolent offense committed more than 15 years ago.

▪ A first-time offense committed between the ages of 18 and 22.

▪ A charge that was dismissed or found “not guilty.”

Why should I bother?

Old criminal charges have a way of indefinitely popping up on background checks. That can cost you a job or a lease on an apartment, among other everyday essentials. Once expungement takes place, it’s as if the crime never existed.

“It’s a service we felt we needed,” said Charles Keller, the courthouse’s community access and outreach coordinator.

Gordon: 704-358-5095

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Charlotte School of Law Student Recognized by ABA Student Division

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Charlotte School of Law student Maritza Adonis was awarded the American Bar Association (ABA) Student Division Silver Kay Award for Leadership on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the ABA Board of Governors meeting in Las Vegas, NV.

The Silver Key is the highest recognition given by the American Bar Association Law Student Division annually.  The Silver Key award is to the board member who has assured law students a greater opportunity to become involved with and participate fully in the mission and activities of the Association, has strengthened law student participation in the programs and activities of the Division, has encouraged the educational and professional development of law students.


The Law Student Division is concerned with legal education and works with the Section of Legal Education on issues of mutual concern. The Division also has an impact on practical and professional skills development and provides assistance in the search for jobs, both during and after graduation from law school. Additionally, the Division offers leadership training, public service opportunities, career development programming, and practical skills competitions.

Adonis has served as Fourth Circuit Governor for the past year which consists of serving as a regional representative for seventeen law schools from four states and sits on a national ABA board.

According to Michael Farley, Associate Dean of Students at Charlotte School of Law, “We are proud to have one of the largest and most active ABA Law Student Division chapters in the nation, and Maritza’s excellent leadership on the national level is a testament to the talent and motivation of CSL students.”

Maritza T. Adonis, native of Miami Shores, FL, is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. Most recently, Maritza obtained a Global Arbitration Certificate from the Center for Commercial Law Studies in London. This training has sparked a new-found interest in International Arbitration and Investment Disputes. Maritza’s ultimate goal is to discover, develop and implement practices that will narrow the achievement gap; eradicate barriers impeding access to health care for medically underserved children; and increase rehabilitation, prevention and retention for juveniles in the juvenile justice system, eliminating retributive practices.

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Library Sidebar & Coffee Event: “The Legacy of Justice Ginsburg: Unfinished Business for Women’s Rights”

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There is debate as to who was the first woman lawyer in the United States.  Some count Margaret Brent who served as counsel to Lord Baltimore, Governor of Massachusetts.  Arabella Mansfield, in 1869, became the first woman to officially obtain a state license (Iowa) which permitted her to practice law. According to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, by the late 1990s, there were nearly 17,500 women in the legal profession and there have been four women who have served as justices on the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court.

Please join Professor Barbara Bernier on Monday, March 23 between 11-Noon in the East Reading Room of the Library as she discusses the influences women have had on the legal profession and what unfinished business is left.

If you can’t attend the coffee talk, then take a moment when you’re in the library next to browse our related book display.


Above is the book display that is currently in the library hallway near the East Reading Room. The poster above the books is a photograph of women suffragists picketing in front of the White House. Next to it is a photo of the current U.S. Supreme Court justices including three women: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. The top shelf of books are from the Charlotte Law collection on basic women’s rights through history; the middle shelf highlights the biographies of women judges and justices who have paved the way for current women in the law; and the bottom shelf has books and reports helpful to women practicing law today. A Charlotte Observer article about Sonia Sotomayor’s recent visit to Davidson College has been added. The books in this display are available for check out.

~Susan Catterall & Betty Thomas~

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