Highlights from the Charlotte School of Law Immigration and Human Rights Clinics


There are twenty-nine Immigration Courts in the United States and its territories. Charlotte is proud to be home of the only Immigration Court in the Carolinas (the court has jurisdiction in North and South Carolina). The location of this court provides an ideal training ground for CharlotteLaw students in the school’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinics. Both clinical programs are supervised by Assistant Professor Fernando Nunez who affectionately refers to his lawyers-in-training as “rock stars!” Professor Nunez goes on to say that “The students in both clinics exude professionalism in all that they do and they possess an unending supply of energy for the work they do. They make me so proud.”

Students in the Immigration Clinic and Human Rights Clinic at CharlotteLaw have been busy! “How busy?” you may ask. Well, take a look at this list of some of our favorite success stories:

  • During the spring 2016 semester, students in both clinics provided a total of 3,862 hours of service to help members of the immigrant community in the greater Charlotte region.
  • Human Rights Clinic student Jelena Gilliam worked diligently to help a clinic client get the necessary paperwork in place so that she can stay in the United States.
  • Human Rights Clinic student Jennifer Polksy helped three clinic clients gain permanent residency in the United States.
  • Human Rights Clinic students Jordan Quick and Jelena Gilliam put their legal writing training to the test to write passionately on behalf of a clinic client and helped her gain legal status to remain in the United States.
  • Immigration students LaQuonta Howell and Johnnie James helped several members of one family obtain legal status in the United States.

The students in Professor Nunez’s clinics are the only law students who appear before the judges who preside over the Charlotte Immigration Court. Thank you to all of the students who have been in and who are currently working on behalf of the immigrant communities in the Carolinas. You bring our school’s mission to life and you serve as wonderful role models for us all.

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Learn More about the Paralegal Certificate Program


Interested in learning more about the Paralegal Certificate Program?

At an information session (join in person or online) we will discuss the application process, answer your questions, and introduce you to the program and its components.

Open House: November 15, 2016 | 6:00-7:00pm
Webinar: December 1 | 6:00-7:00pm

To register, please visit http://www.charlottelaw.edu/paralegal-certificate-program-information-session.html

For more information contact us at 704.808.8030  |  paralegal@charlottelaw.edu  |  www.charlottelaw.edu/paralegal

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A Recap of the 6th Annual Southern Clinical Conference – “Celebrating the Work: Innovations, Traditions, and Disruptions in Clinical Legal Education” (Oct. 13-15, 2016)


By Rocky M. Cabagnot

At this year’s Southern Clinical Conference, the Charlotte School of Law (CharlotteLaw) welcomed close to forty legal and clinical educators representing eighteen law schools to celebrate the innovations, traditions, and disruptions in our work as clinical educators. Being a city reflective of tradition, innovation, and (yes) disruption, the City of Charlotte proved to be an appropriate site given the theme of this year’s conference. Further, being a law school with mission pillars dedicated to (1) serving the underserved, (2) producing practice-ready attorneys, and (3) ensuring positive student outcomes, CharlotteLaw was the ideal host for the conference.

The following is a recap of this year’s conference highlights:

  • On Thursday night, the conference kicked off with a great informal gathering of attendees at the Aloft Hotel in uptown Charlotte.
  • On Friday morning, CharlotteLaw’s Dean Jay Conison gave conference attendees a warm welcome to both the Queen City and to our school. He extolled his support for clinical legal education and emphasized CharlotteLaw’s commitment to experiential education generally citing our thirteen live client clinics, expansive externship and cooperative placement programs, and one of the country’s only post graduate law firm incubators.
  • For the opening plenary session, Professor Bob Kuehn of Washington University School of Law presented ‘Measuring the Value of Clinical Education.’ As per usual, Bob did not fail to impress us with his amazing empirical research showing the benefits of clinical legal education in relation to student job outcomes. He further shared his ongoing research into whether there is any (positive or negative) effect of clinical legal education upon student bar outcomes.
  • Conference attendees were given a chance to learn more about the disruptions (North Carolina House Bill 2 (HB2) and the killing of Keith Scott) affecting the City of Charlotte during a lively lunch panel held at Bentley’s Restaurant (a restaurant on the 27th floor of Charlotte Plaza that showcases a great skyline view of Charlotte). Moderated by Charlotte Law’s Clinical Director Scott Sigman, the panelists for this forum (all involved with said disruptions) included CharlotteLaw Professor Christie Matthews, CharlottLaw Graduate and ACLU Board Member Brandy Haynes, and Charlotte City Council Members John Autry and LaWana Mayfield. For those of you missed this fantastic lunch panel, here’s a link to the video.
  • Our Friday evening reception was held at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in uptown Charlotte. Our attendees enjoyed wonderful company, great food, wine/beer, and unimpeded viewing access to the museum’s newest exhibits. In juxtaposition to the events inside our Friday reception, Republican Nominee Donald Trump was giving a speech a block away from us at the Charlotte Convention Center. Reports are that at least a couple of our attendees joined the throng of Trump protestors outside the Convention Center!
  • On Saturday, two of our most favorite clinicians, Alex Scherr (UGA) and Carwina Weng (Indiana), presented the conference’s closing plenary – “Too Much of a Good Thing? Integrating Outcomes into In-House and Externship Clinics.” Given the new push towards measuring outcomes in legal education, this highly educational and interactive presentation provided us innovative strategies, challenging us all to become better clinicians and closed our conference on an amazing note.
  • All in all, there were twenty presentations (plenary, sessions, works-in-progress, panels) featured at this year’s conference. Each one was engaging and fantastic.
  • One last shout out to my fellow conference planning committee members – Anne Hornsby (Alabama), Danny Schaffzin (Memphis), Kendall Kerew (Georgia State), Lisa Martin (Catholic), Robert Lancaster (Louisiana State), Alex Scherr (Georgia), and Crystal Shin (William & Mary). You guys are the best!
  • Next year’s Southern Clinical Conference will be held at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Everybody should mark their calendar when the ‘Save-the-Date’ comes out in the near future!

This article was originally published on the Clinical Law Prof Blog and has been reprinted here with permission.

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Be Sure To VOTE!


You may also want to check out the book display in the hallway next to the Library User Experience Desk on the 5th floor. There is a sample ballot and instructions for the local Charlotte election as well as material about North Carolina, election law in general, the voting rights of different groups, and books about judicial elections. The most important part is to vote!

Early voting has already started in Mecklenburg County.  Mecklenburg County’s Board of Elections information can be found here!


~Betty Thomas~

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Register for Our Upcoming Symposium on Third-Party Risk


Evolving Risks and Mitigation Tools Relating to the Use of Third Parties/Vendors

Today’s companies use third-party business partners for a variety of reasons – from strategic outsourcing to entering a new market to delivering customer service. These relationships expose companies to risks that ethics and compliance professionals must understand, mitigate, and continue to manage as they evolve. In this session, our panelists will discuss how they tackle this challenge and the tools they use to get the job done.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Third Party Risk: Judged By the Company You Keep . . . and Engage


Charlotte School of Law
2nd Floor
201 S. College Street
Charlotte, NC 28244


Phone: 704-808-8030
Email: compliance@charlottelaw.edu

Click here to register or learn more about this upcoming event!

Registration closes on November 13, 2016

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