Congratulations to the 2014 – 2015 Executive Board

Thank you to everyone who voted in elections for the 2014 – 2015 Pre-Law Society Executive Board.  Approximately 2/3 of our members voted in the elections either in person at last week’s meeting or via the SurveyMonkey electronic ballot, which is a great voting turnout.  The Treasurer, Speaker Coordinator, and LSAT Prep Committee Chair positions were filled via appointment rather than election.
The official results are as follows:
  • President: Shayleen Morris
  • Vice President: Yekta Nazari
  • Publicity Coordinator: Ashlyn Reece
  • Secretary: Julianna Jeffries
  • Treasurer: Susan Kodaimati
  • Speaker Coordinator: Michael Roth
  • LSAT Prep Committee Chair: Lashieka Hardin
Congratulations to all those who have been elected to next year’s E-Board, and to our brand-new E-Board members, welcome aboard! 

Upcoming Events for Students Interested in Legal Profession

Pre-Law Society is hosting several upcoming events that will be of interest to anyone interested in the legal profession.  Note that you do not have to be a member of Pre-Law Society to attend the following events, but you need to RSVP for each event via the corresponding hyperlinks.
1. Law Student Q&A Panel: Friday, March 28, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, CHHS room 155
This Friday, join us for our annual Law Student Q&A Panel with UNC Charlotte Alumni.  Law students from Wake Forest, UNC, Campbell, and USC will be here talking about the law school admissions process and their law school experiences, as well as to answer any questions we have.
RSVP here.
2. Conversation with Alumni Attorneys: Thursday, April 3, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, Student Union room 267
Two of UNC Charlotte’s most successful alumni attorneys, Wendy Grubbs, Citigroup Vice President and Managing Director, and the Honorable Claudia Jordan, the first African American female judge in the state of Colorado, will be visiting with students for a roundtable discussion about their academic and career paths, day-to-day work, and advice they have for aspiring lawyers.  This event will be more intimate and less formal than the event Thursday evening described below.  Students are encouraged to attend both this event and the related, more formal evening event that will feature Ms. Grubbs and Judge Jordan plus three other alumni attorneys.
RSVP here.
3. UNC Charlotte Women’s Forum: Female Alumni in the Legal Profession: Thursday, April 3, 6:30 pm, Harris Alumni Center (UNC Charlotte Campus)
The UNC Charlotte Alumni Association and the UNC Charlotte Pre-Law Society are hosting a panel entitled, Gender and the Legal Profession: A Woman’s Perspective on Balancing Work and Life. A panel of four alumnae in a variety of positions in the legal field will address how they juggle a demanding legal career with their personal lives, including family, children, and community involvement.
The panel includes:Wendy Grubbs, Political Science, ’83, Citigroup Vice President and Managing Director

Hon. Claudia Jordan, Political Science, ’75, Denver County Court Judge, first African American female judge in Colorado

Stephanie Steiger, Political Science, ’06, McGuireWoods LLP

Felice S. McConnell-Corpening, Criminal Justice, ’91, State Public Defender’s Office, Fayetteville, NC

The Honorable Linda Bratton-Haynes, Business Administration, ’80, Juvenile Court Judge, DeKalb Co., GA

Our panel will share their experiences, give candid advice, and interact informally with students and alumni during the panel discussion and in small groups. This is a rare and valuable educational and networking opportunity for both students and alumni to learn more about being female in the field of law.The panel discussion will be followed by a reception at the Harris Alumni Center.

Register here.

The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay


Thursday, March 20, UNC Charlotte will welcome author Jess Bravin and the Honorable V. Stuart Couch (USMC, LtCol, Ret.) to campus to speak about ethical issues surrounding the post 9/11 military commissions at Guantanamo Bay.  The lecture is at 9:30 am in the Student Union Multipurpose Room (3rd floor), and will be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.

Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Couch, an attorney and former Marine helicopter pilot, was assigned to prosecute Guantanamo Bay prisoner and suspected terrorist Mohamedou Ould Slahi in 2003.  Throughout the course of his investigation, Couch determined that confessions made by Slahi had been obtained through coercive interrogation tactics that constituted torture and violated international and domestic law.  Couch made the difficult decision not to prosecute Slahi. For his actions related to this case, Couch was awarded the American Bar Association’s 2007 “Minister of Justice Award” and the German Bar Association’s 2009 “Pro Reo Award.”  He currently serves as a federal immigration judge in Charlotte, NC.

Jess Bravin is the author of The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo Bay and the Supreme Court correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.  He has investigated and reported on the post 9/11 military commissions at Guantanamo Bay since 2001, and featured Couch’s story in a 2007 front-page article in The Wall Street Journal as well as in his recent book.

This event, sponsored by UNC Charlotte’s Pre-Law Society and Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, is free and open to the public.  Contact Christina Neitzey ( 620-5282) with questions.

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Cardozo Law School Professor Lecturing at UNC Charlotte

Cardozo Law School Professor Dr. Brett Frischman will be giving a lecture titled, “Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources” on Wednesday, March 12 from 12:15 pm to 1:30 pm in Cone room 210.

“Dr. Brett Frischmann is Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School, New York City. He is an Affiliate Scholar of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, an Affiliated Faculty Member of The Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, and a Trustee for the Nexa Center for Internet & Society in Torino, Italy. Dr. Frischmann received his BA in Astro- physics from Columbia University, an MS in Earth Resources Engineering from Columbia University, and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.”

“Dr. Frischmann ‘s book, (2012) Infrastructure: The Social Value of Shared Resources, with Oxford University Press, focuses our attention on understanding how society benefits from infrastructural resources and how management decisions affect a wide variety of interests. It is a ‘reimagining of how economics thinks about infrastructure.’”

Locked and Loaded: The Debate on the Second Amendment and Gun Control

  • All-day event hosted by CSL –  choice of attending all sessions or just part of the program
  • Friday, March 7, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
  • The Big Chill in Dilworth
  • Details and registration here

“This program includes a scholarly debate on the Second Amendment with regard to gun control and gun rights, a seminar on the laws of self-defense and how these laws have been applied in recent court cases, and a practical discussion from attorneys, politicians, and political activists on the effects of certain gun regulations for their clients and communities.”

Meet and Greet with Campbell Law Director of Admissions Rescheduled

Tuesday, February 25, join us for a Meet and Greet with Dean Dexter Smith, the Director of Admissions for Campbell Law School.  The event will be from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm in Student Union room 265.  Even if you are not yet in the process of applying to law schools or you are not specifically interested in Campbell Law, this is a great opportunity to talk with someone who knows a great deal about the law school admissions process in general.

RSVP here