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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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Administration Spotlight: Dean Conison

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Jay Conison, Dean of Charlotte School of Law and Reporter for the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education, recently had an article published on the North Carolina Bar Examiners website, “The Report and Recommendations of the ABA Task Force on the Future of Legal Education: Its Significance for Bar Admissions and Regulation of Entry into the Legal Profession.”

Congratulations, Dean Conison!

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — November 10, 2014


ABA’s Grit Project Aims to Help Women Advance in the Profession

Alarmed by persistent evidence that women still are failing to enter the leadership ranks of the nation’s largest law firms in adequate numbers, the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession has launched a project to teach female lawyers about some things they surely never studied in law school—grit and a positive mindset. Some researchers say those two traits applied simultaneously can play a crucial role in helping women advance in the profession.

How to Network without Feeling Slimy [podcast]

Lawyers are often told how important professional networking is. But many find it so uncomfortable they feel physically dirty. Why is professional networking so distressing to so many? And how can you overcome it and be successful?

The Privacy Lowdown on Verizon and AT&T’s Smartphone ‘Permacookies’

This week, researchers discovered that smartphone carriers have started inserting a unique code into their customers’ network activity so that their customers can be tracked as they browse the Web and use smartphone apps

The Bridge Builders: Connecting Solos to Clients

We are going to talk about the new bridge-builders, the companies that are acting like Japanese fishing trawlers with their marketing prowess (and investment dollars) sweeping the many oceans for consumers with legal needs. These companies realize that in order to ensure their own survival and deliver on their promises to legal consumers (and their financial benefactors), lawyers have to not only survive, but actually thrive using their platforms.

Long Shot: Charlotte Photographers Capture Tryon Street

When the subject of your picture is 246 years old, it’s worth making a bit of a fuss.  Saturday evening, about 130 photographers did just that. They spread out along historic Tryon Street – laid down in the colonial era as Charlotte’s main drag – and at precisely 6:15 p.m. they took a portrait of the venerable avenue, one that when developed and stitched together will stretch for 100 feet and stand a mere 4 1/2 inches tall.  In all, they captured a mile of uptown within the Interstate 277 loop.

Signing and Singing: Sign-Language Karaoke

For the deaf and hard of hearing in North Carolina, sign-language karaoke is a way to stay connected to music.

Mac’s Speed Shop

A cross section of the Queen City gets its fix here at Mac’s Speed Shop. And if a motorcycle could run on barbecue, it’d fill up here, too.

Four Law Libraries that Fit in Your Pocket

On-the-go legal research is an important aspect of any law professional’s career. A firm might subscribe to any number of research services, each with different features. The following comparison of popular services’ mobile apps shows how to make the most of each one, whether you’re using a smartphone, a tablet, or even a PC or Mac.

America’s Star Libraries, 2014: Top-Rated Libraries

We are very pleased to announce the results of the seventh edition of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service, sponsored by Baker & Taylor’s Bibliostat. The LJ Index is a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on four types of output measures of their per capita use.

The Science of Smiling

What can you accurately and reliable interpret from another’s smile?

To Feel Meaningful Is to Feel Immortal

Our existential lives have always fascinated philosophers and theologians. But now scientists are jumping into the fray, using empirical methods to ask questions that were once considered off limits to them. Specifically, empirical psychologists are exploring questions such as: Why do people seek meaning? What is it that makes life meaningful? And what are the mental and physical health consequences of finding (or not finding) meaning?

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CSL Spotlight: Enhancing Learning Outcomes


CSL is leading the higher education industry in enhancing learning outcomes and raising standards for experiential learning to prepare our students to be practice-ready.

Below is a front page article in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly about the recent change to ABA Standard 303(a) which now requires students to take 6 credits of experiential learning courses, and features interviews with Charlotte School of Law Deans Camille Davidson, Kama Pierce, and Carlos Pauling.

Law schools are sizing up recent changes to American Bar Association accreditation standards

Recent changes to the American Bar Association’s law school accreditation rules should mean minor adjustments for most of North Carolina’s law schools, if first impressions of several school leaders are correct. On Aug. 11 in Boston — after six years of comprehensive review — …

Read more: http://nclawyersweekly.com/2014/09/02/new-rules-for-schools-2/#ixzz3FYWViEot

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Student Spotlight: 2014 ABA Annual Meeting Recap

The American Bar Association (“ABA”) is the world’s largest voluntary network of legal professionals and law students, with approximately 400,000 members.  Founded in 1878, the ABA’s mission is based on supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals and law students, while also improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, and establishing model ethical codes.

This year, the ABA hosted its Annual Meeting at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts from August 7th – August 10th, 2014. Judges, attorneys, deans, professors, law students, and other legal professionals from around the world were invited to partake in discussions on ABA initiatives and vote on such initiatives, attend panels and CLEs, and participate in professional networking events. Five Charlotte School of Law students attended the Meeting on behalf of the law school for the Law Student Division: Alexandria “Lexi” Andresen (CSL ABA Representative, 3L), Brittany Smiley (CSL ABA Vice Representative, 2L), Marlowe Rary (SBA President, 3L), Angelo Zingaretti (SBA Senate Chair, 3L), and Maritza Adonis (Fourth Circuit Governor, 2L).

During the Annual Meeting, the Law Student Division accepted donations of school supplies for the children of domestic violence survivors at the Casa Myrna residential program. Charlotte School of Law donated large quantities of pens, pencils, journals, binders, highlighters, and other related school supplies to this cause.

Although the Charlotte Law student representatives were primarily at the Meeting to attend the Law Student division events, they also had the rare opportunity to attend the Judicial Division Lawyers Conference /Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association Joint Reception, organized by Charlotte Law Professor, Carolyn Dubay.  Many prominent judges and attorneys from across the country were also in attendance at this event, including: the Honorable Judge Frank D. Whitney, Chief Judge of the District Court of Western District of North Carolina; the Honorable Patti B. Saris, Chair, U.S. Sentencing Commission and Chief United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts; and the Honorable Ben C. Clyburn, Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland. The event took place at the Historical John Adams Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts.

Notably, Charlotte School of Law received a nationally recognized award at the ABA Annual Meeting—The Excellence in Membership and Programming Award.  This award recognizes Charlotte Law for its outstanding ABA membership efforts, involvement, and activity in the ABA Law Student Division. Charlotte Law’s student representatives accepted the award on behalf of the school in front of national ABA officers and 102 other law schools represented at the event.

ABA Representative Lexi Andresen states:

When Charlotte Law was announced as the recipient of the Excellence in Membership & Programming Award, the first thought that went through my mind was how appreciative I am of the students involved in the ABA at Charlotte School of Law. We work very hard to put on events that are interesting, informative, and provide networking opportunities for students. I am incredibly pleased that our efforts and the participation of the Charlotte Law student body in ABA events, were recognized on a national level!

I have had the wonderful opportunity of attending the ABA Annual Meeting two years in a row now. Both times, one thing stuck with me after each meeting – it’s truly amazing how much this organization is making important and substantive changes to the legal system, legal education, and the world in general.

As a Ms. JD Fellowship Recipient, Lexi also had the esteemed opportunity to attend the 24th Annual Margaret Brent Awards Luncheon on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Check out our earlier post on this event for more details!

ABA Vice Representative Britany Smiley sums up the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting with this:

I think I speak on behalf of all of the Charlotte Law student leaders who attended when I say that the trip to Boston was a wonderful experience, both academically and socially. We were able to learn so much about the ABA and everything it has to offer law students, young lawyers and seasoned professionals as well as the many initiatives that the organization is taking in various areas of practice and educational reform. We were also able to network with professionals from around the country, including professors, attorneys, judges, past and present ABA Presidents, as well as student representatives from various schools across the nation. We are excited to bring all that we learned, and the connections that we made, back to Charlotte and cannot wait for the upcoming year!

If you are interested in becoming a member of the ABA Law Student Division at Charlotte School of Law, please visit www.americanbar.org/join.  Please contact the Charlotte School of Law ABA Representative, Alexandria Andresen (andresena@students.charlottelaw.edu), with any questions that you may have regarding ABA involvement.

Congratulations to all of these amazing students for their accomplishments and for taking the time to share their experiences with the Charlotte Law Library blog — and a special thanks to our Core Operations student worker, Mili Banerji, for her assistance in compilation of this article!

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