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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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A Competent Lawyer Will Keep Current with Technology

Recently the American Bar Association revised its model rules, specifically addressing the need for an attorney to keep current with advances in technology.  The change in rules was proposed by the ABA’s Commission on Ethics 20/20 and was adopted during the annual meeting, held in Chicago, August 2-7. The affected Model Rule 1.1 speaks to the importance of an attorney understanding the “benefits and risks associated with relevant technology.”   As stated in the Report to the ABA House of Delegates, “[A] lawyer would have difficulty providing competent legal services in today’s environment without knowing how to use email or create an electronic document.”

The impetus behind the changes had everything to do with developing a set of guidances to assist attorneys in not only representing their clients, but in understanding how to maintain the confidentiality which corresponds to competent representation.  The American Bar Association has made practice resources available through its Legal Technology Resource Center.  Its Law Practice Management Section’s eLawyering Task Force has also provided resources.  The amended Model Rules have rounded back and have now imposed a duty on attorneys to embrace technology.

So how has Charlotte School of Law addressed the need to remain knowledgeable regarding technology and the practice of law?  In July, the library staff conducted two student focus groups which addressed how students were accessing legal resources.  Another purpose of the focus groups, moderated by Adjunct Professor and Reference Librarian, Cory Lenz, was to ascertain which legal apps students were accessing through mobile phones and tablet technology.  This evaluation has been continued into the fall semester by the Advanced Legal Research class.  As part of the class, every ALR student is evaluating a specific legal research app and will post the evaluation to the CSL Library blog.  So watch this space!  In the interim, please take a look at the “There’s an App for That”  research guide, created by Metadata & Serials Librarian, Ashley Moye, and available on the Library’s electronic resource page.

~ Susan Catterall ~

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Hidden Treasures: SciTech Lawyer

Welcome back to CharlotteLaw, dear students and faculty.  Now that orientation is complete and the spring semester is in full swing, its time again… to take moment to shine the spotlight on one of the many legal periodicals Charlotte Law has to offer!

Is it science and technology that fascinates you?  The SciTech Lawyer, a quarterly publication by the American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law, provides information about current developments at the intersection of law, science, medicine, and technology.

The mission of the ABA Section of Science & Technology Law is to provide leadership on emerging issues at the intersection of law, science, and technology, to promote sound policy and public understanding on such issues and to enhance the professional development of its members.

This Section is widely recognized and sought after as the premier global authority on science and technology law.  The ABA, external organizations, and individuals routinely consult with the Section’s leaders for their expertise and insights.  The Section is viewed by ABA, the media, policymakers, judges, scientists, and technologists as the authoritative voice on science and technology law.

Charlotte Law’s print collection for this title has issues tracing back to its first volume, published in 2004, all the way to the present.  Not only does this journal feature articles on cutting edge controversies and events in the science and technology realm, but it also includes annual meeting session summaries and the B-Tech and E-Tech updates, quarterly columns with coverage of topics such as epigenetics and jailbreaking cellphones.

Here’s a selection of articles published in the latest issue, How the Earth Is Changing Environmental Law.  Online versions are available to Section members.

Reflections on the Deepwater Horizon Incident
Industry is responding to the spill by accelerating the engineering, construction, and deployment of equipment designed to improve capabilities to contain a potential future underwater blowout, and the government is finalizing new response plan standards to greatly enhance the ability to respond to a blowout in the future.
By Jonathan K. Waldron

The Gulf Oil Spill: Social Versus Legal Obligations Facing BP
Our society faces the task of recouping the costs of the oil spill. One must recognize, however, that any such efforts involve losses to BP’s shareholders. Our sense of fairness tempts us to ignore the desires of shareholders when thinking about how to deal with this disaster, but the law is on their side.
By Dr. Jean Helwege

Breaking New Ground: Legal Responses to the Challenges of Modern Mining
Modern hardrock mining operations produce metals and minerals on a vastly larger scale than in the past. As the methods and scale of mining have evolved, governments have varied their attempts to adapt legal and regulatory systems. This article examines three case studies demonstrating how legal systems have responded to modern mining.
By Paul E. Bailey, Elizabeth McCullough, Kerry Schlichting, and Terry Unger

Climate Change Law: Standards to Quantify, Monitor, Report, and Verify
There are two primary mechanisms involved with how businesses and organizations, responding to mandatory or voluntary climate change requirements, can adopt standards to quantify, monitor, report, and verify their greenhouse gas emissions and reduction/removal activities. This article discusses the use of international standards and independent verification.
By Thomas Shaw

The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Addressing International Climate Change
Governments around the world are increasingly cognizant of the need to develop policies to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. All parties must benefit for an effective solution to the climate change problem to come to fruition.
By Sherin M. Rashedi

Who Owns Your Genes? The Myriad Genetics’ Breast Cancer Gene Patent Dispute
On March 29, 2010, a court in the Southern District of New York invalidated certain patents issued to Myriad Genetics, Inc., relating to the BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer genes on the grounds that the genes were nonpatentable subject matter. This article describes the general background of the issues raised by this case, commonly referred to as Myriad Genetics.
By Angela Foster

Our latest issue is always on display in the popular journals area near reference and circulation and older issues are filed in the periodicals compact shelving.  Link to our catalog record at http://catalog.fcsl.edu/record=b377610 to see detailed holdings information and feel free to peruse our periodicals collection if you’re interested in the older print issues.  And as always, happy reading!!!

– Ashley Moye –

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*New* Charlotte School of Law Video Tour

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Public Interest 2.0 – Upcoming EJW Conference & Job Fair

The Equal Justice Works Conference & Job Fair, in Bethesda, MD, is coming up!  The EJW Conference & Job Fair is an excellent opportunity for public interest-minded law students to network, interview and learn about the latest happenings in the public sphere.  This year the conference is geared towards “Public Interest 2.0.” This year’s featured speaker is Professor Laurence Tribe, Senior Counselor, Access to Justice, Department of Justice , and is aimed at promoting “community, technology and collaboration. Throughout the conference, we are focusing on the creative ways that technology can be used to help build a stronger, more informed and vibrant public interest community. How is technology impacting the ways in which public interest law students are building community on campuses? How is social media being used to help with job searches? How is technology helping to build leadership for the future? These are just some of the topics that have been integrated into conference sessions, providing valuable opportunities for you to share what’s happening on your campus.”

On a side note, I went to the EJW Conference & Job Fair when I was in law school, and highly recommend it for those of you who have a significant interest in working in the public interest sector after graduation.  You will have the opportunity to meet a lot of people practicing in various public divisions, as well as go to presentations designed to address issues specific to public interest concerns and challenges.  I encourage you to seek out Sean Lew, Assistant Professor of Pro Bono, Charlotte School of Law, if you have any questions or need more information.  There is no charge for CSL students to register (through Career Services/Symplicity) but you would to be responsible for their own transportation to DC and overnight stay.

– Liz McCurry –

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