Charlotte School of Law Faculty Publishes Casebook

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Charlotte School of Law Professor of Law Beau Baez recently published a casebook entitled Torts: Majority Rule Cases. The casebook can be found at www.learnlawbetter.com and is the first in a series of Bar Exam Alignment casebooks.

Baez found that many casebooks contain large amounts of extraneous material that is designed for faculty members and not necessarily for students.  Law schools that focus primarily on faculty scholarship as opposed to student learning publish casebooks that discuss esoteric topics, and tend to confuse students.  CharlotteLaw’s student-centered focus led Baez to publish material, in this case focused on important Tort rules, that focuses more on what students need to succeed in law school and on the bar exam.

According to Baez, “Faculty around the country, including me, are concerned that students are not paying attention in class.  By creating an e-casebook, my hope is that students will engage with the text by writing notes in the case itself, and be able to follow discussions more closely.”

Not only is the casebook a practical training guide for students, it is more affordable than most.  Torts costs $39.95 as opposed to the normal $200 for a standard casebook.

H. Beau Baez joined Charlotte School of Law from Liberty University School of Law where he was an Assistant Professor of Law. Baez was the director of the Tax Law program at Concord University School of Law and counsel for the Multistate Tax Commission. He received both a J.D. and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and was a law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office.  Baez is fluent in Spanish and has authored several international tax chapters in Compensation and Benefits Coordinator for the Research Institute of America. His articles have been published in State Tax Notes, Tax Notes Today, Tax Notes International, the Exempt Organization Tax Review, and Tax Base. His presentations and symposiums on various topics have been heard at Liberty Law School, Concord Law School, the National Lawyers Association Winter Conference, and the University of Richmond Second Annual State and Local Tax Institute, among others.

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New Arrival! New Book!

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North Carolina Local Government Contracting: Quick Reference and Related Statutes

A quick reference for the contracting, bidding, and property disposal requirements applicable to North Carolina local governments, this publication provides general guidance to public officials and others interested in the public contracting process. Selected North Carolina General Statutes governing contracting and bidding are also included. The table of contents can be found at http://sogpubs.unc.edu/electronicversions/pdfs/nclgcontractingtoc.pdf.

Written by Norma R. Houston and published by the UNC School of Government, this 2014 guide has been added to the Charlotte School of Law Library collection. After being on display, the book can be found in the Reference Carolinas section of the library.

We would especially like to thank Charlotte School of Law alumnus, Emery Ashley for donating this very practical resource to our collection!  Be sure to check it out!

~Betty Thomas~

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Dean Smith: Our Loss.

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Grit, tenacity, perseverance. We talk with our students at Charlotte School of Law about these qualities a lot. Dean Smith personified these characteristics and others. For more than 40 years, he coached. He led the Carolina Tar Heels’ men’s basketball team to become a winningest coach with a record 879-254. That’s 1,133 games!  In addition, the Tar Heels won 13 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championships, 11 Final Four tournaments, an Olympic Gold medal and NCAA Championships in 1982 and 1993.

Integrity and humility. Despite this record, he was a humble man who made his players point to the passer when they scored and never took the credit when his teams won. I graduated from Chapel Hill in the era of Phil Ford, Mitch Kupchak, Walter Davis, and the “Four Corners” offense. He stood out from other coaches at that time in making sure academics were a priority. In the end, 96% of his athletes graduated.

Kindness. A good friend of mine tells a story of Dean Smith’s “family.” Her father-in-law helped coach under Dean Smith for a year, many years ago. Years later Dean Smith would recognize my friend’s husband in a restaurant and greet him by name. He knew their children and followed their achievements.  They were not the only ones.

Courage. Dean Smith stood for what he thought was right, even when it was not socially acceptable. He gave an opportunity to Willie Cooper, the first black student to play varsity basketball at an ACC school. He recruited Carolina’s first black scholarship athlete, Charlie Scott.  He spoke out against social issues that he felt were wrong.  Charlotte Law Professor Cindy Adcock has eloquently written about Dean Smith’s actions relating to the death penalty in her blog: Struggling to Breathe.

He was the epitome of a good man.

Sadly he is gone. He died earlier this month at the age of 83.

~Betty Thomas~

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — February 16, 2015

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The Gear from Goonies That Made Us Feel Better about Being Nerds

For a movie that features a horribly deformed manchild, a frozen corpse, a pipe organ made of human remains, prepubescent fat-shaming, and jokes about sexual torture devices, The Goonies remains one of the most charming adventure comedies of the past 30 years.  Sure, it’s painfully formulaic, filled with cringe-inducing racial stereotypes, and posits that asthma is really only a state of mind. But the 1985 flick also is a genre masterpiece.

Anonymous Data Might Not Be So Anonymous After All

Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, a PhD student at MIT, performed a study on an anonymized set of credit card data, which represented three months of credit card records for 1.1 million people who shopped in 10,000 stores. The study, published in the journal Science, found that with just four data points — location, time, price, and one piece of outside information — 90 percent of individuals could be accurately re-identified.

We Like Change Just Fine

The mood before the meeting was tense, the news was surprising, and the group’s reaction was far more negative than positive. As the meeting to announce a significant organizational change came to a close, one of the people who stood to benefit from the change mused philosophically, “People don’t like change.”

Sleds Join Case Books at Law Library

This winter, students interested in frolicking in the snow can check out sleds and shovels from an unlikely source: the Law Library.  The winter gear joins a long list of useful yet unconventional items in circulation at the Lillian Goldman Library, including blankets with sleeves and DVDs. The library boasts games, sporting gear, tech equipment and study tools. In the past, the library unofficially has also allowed undergraduates to check out items, provided that there are enough in circulation. Now, policy has changed so that Yale College students can check out anything from the Law Library, except for iPads and laptops.

3 Things You Must Know if You Want to Work in Fashion Law

Last week, Above the Law hosted a Fashion Law Forum in New York City at Carson Street Clothiers. The event was very well-attended — in fact, we hosted a standing-room only crowd. Everyone was dressed to the nines, and we couldn’t have been happier with how this salon-style soiree turned out

What You Can Say Instead of “I Don’t Feel Like It”

Allowing our moods to dictate our actions leads to procrastination, distraction, lack of exercise, unhealthy eating, and bad habits.  What’s a better way? Use smarter things to decide your actions: whether something will lead to accomplishing what you want, whether it’s good for you, whether it will help others.

The Missing Piece Meets the Big O: Shel Silverstein’s Sweet Allegory for the Simple Secret of Love and the Key to Nurturing Relationships

A gentle reminder that the best relationships don’t complete us but let us grow and become more fully ourselves.

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Holmes and Jobs: Lessons for and about Charlotte School of Law

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. noted that “[t]he best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.”  Abrams v. United States, 250 U.S. 616 (1919)(Holmes, J., dissenting).  Coupled with his observation “that time has upset many fighting faiths,” Justice Holmes illuminated the path that new ideas typically must travel as they vie for acceptance and predominance.  Implicit in this premise is the understanding that the viability and utility of an idea are measured not by the moment but over the course of time.

Charlotte School of Law, in the most fundamental sense, is an idea.  It is an idea whose time came because of legal education’s slow response to the dramatic changes that are transforming the legal profession.  The model for what became Charlotte School of Law was conceptualized and developed by legal educators who have responded to the legal profession’s plea for law schools to become more closely aligned with the new realities of law practice.  What has emerged is an institution more centered on facilitating student success, enabling professional readiness, and providing opportunities for qualified students who too often have been denied opportunity due to a perverse obsession with an increasingly outmoded ranking system.  Our mission has attracted the support and engagement of recognized leaders in legal education and the legal profession.

Professor Bill Henderson (recognized by National Jurist as the second most influential person in legal education) has observed that, as most law schools struggle to adapt to new market realities, leadership in legal education is “up for grabs.”  Schools that best adapt invariably will capture the mantle of leadership for the 21st Century (which, incidentally, is our mission).  Noting that new leadership in legal education will emerge within the next two decades, Professor Henderson has characterized us as “people who could make a difference.”

As we pursue our mission of leadership through change, it is worth recalling Steve Jobs’ observation that “people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”  Our objective is to change not the entire world but the world of legal education.  The path for change leadership is not a straight line or without its speed bumps or setbacks.  New ideas also encounter resistance and detractors.  The reason that our “idea” ultimately will prevail in the “competition of the market” is because it represents what the market itself has been demanding.  As judgment becomes increasingly informed about us, and so long as we maintain the courage of our convictions and commitment to continuous improvement, some of today’s “fighting faiths” will become unsettled.  It will be these developments over the course of time, as opposed to any given moment, that establish our leadership and consequent appreciation in the value of the education we provide.

~Don Lively (President), Charlotte School of Law~

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