Mediation Class Open to Pre-law Students


Dr. Vivian Lord, in the Dept. of Criminal Justice and Criminology, asked that I let you know that she still has openings in the Fall 2014 semester in her Mediation class.  She may have to permit you into the class and is particularly interested in getting more pre-law students enrolled. Dr. Lord is a trained mediator with the Mecklenburg County courts and I recently went with her to understand how this process works in the criminal courts in Charlotte. If a case goes into mediation, the parties try and resolve their differences before Dr. Lord, rather than before the Mecklenburg County judge.  It is a confidential and expeditious way to resolve conflict.   Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution are courses you may take in law school (and competitions you may enter) so think about contacting Dr. Lord if you are interested.  She may be reached at: 

Prof. Nicolaides

Request for UNC Charlotte Pre-Law Volunteers for Legal Clinic


If you are interested in volunteering this coming Saturday, please contact Linden Guinn ( (704.343.9700), who asked me to extend the invitation to all of you.  The details she sent are below, but you are certainly welcome to call or email her for more information.  She works at The Law Offices of T. Michael Todd, P.L.L.C. in downtown Charlotte. 


The John S. Leary Bar Association

In Association with

NAACP Charlotte – Mecklenburg County Branch & the Pre-Law Program of Johnson C. Smith University 


Annual Summer Legal Clinic

When: July 19, 2014

Where: Beatties Ford Road Regional Library (Small Meeting Room)

(Address: 2412 Beatties Ford Road Charlotte, NC 28216)

Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm (Registration 10:00am-10:30 am)


Including Protecting Your Civil Rights Panel Discussion (1:00 pm- 2:00 pm) featuring Attorneys Eric A. Montgomery, W. Terry Sherrill and Public Defender Kevin P. Tully addressing:

Employment Discrimination: Are background checks affecting your job possibilities?

Criminal Defense: Why the Public Defender’s office is more than a plea deal?

Voting: How to restore voting rights post incarceration?

Legal Consultations will be offered in the areas of Family Law, Criminal Law, Landlord/Tenant, and Civil Litigation (Small Claims)

Grad Cords and 2014 – 2015 Meeting Dates

If you are a paid member graduating this weekend and have not yet picked up your Pre-Law graduation cords, please email ASAP about picking them up. If you are not graduating this weekend, we hope you’ll join us
 for the first Pre-Law Society meeting of the 2014 – 2015 academic year Tuesday, September 9,​ at 5:00 pm in Student Union room 265. See below for a complete list of the 2014 – 2015 meeting dates.
I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as president over the past year and to have gotten to know so many of you — thank you for making​ Pre-Law Society the fantastic organization that it is. I wish you all the very best and can’t wait to see the big things you accomplish in the future!
Christina Neitzey
  • Tuesday, September 9, 5:00 pm (Student Union room 265)
  • Tuesday, September 23, 5:00 pm (Student Union room 265)
  • Tuesday, October 14, 5:00 pm (Student Union room 265)
  • Tuesday, October 28, 5:00 pm (Student Union room 265)
  • Tuesday, November 11, 5:00 pm (Student Union room 265)
  • Tuesday, January 13, 5:00 pm (Student Union room 265)
  • Tuesday, January 27, 5:00 pm (Student Union room 265)
  • Tuesday, February 10, 5:00 pm (Student Union room 265)
  • Tuesday, March 17, 5:00 pm (Student Union room 265)
  • Tuesday, March 31, 5:00 pm (Student Union room 265)
  • Tuesday, April 14, 5:00 pm (Student Union room 265)
  • Tuesday, April 21, 5:00 pm (Student Union room 265)

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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