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Join us for a webinar to learn about our Corporate Compliance Certificate!

January 9th from 6-7PM EST

  • Professor Peter Anderson will discuss the curriculum, the benefits of choosing Charlotte School of Law, and how you can complete your certificate within 18 weeks.
  • Alumna Aver Oliver will share her experience and provide her perspective on Charlotte School of Law’s Corporate Compliance Certificate.
  • Jack Kelly , Director of the Compliance Search Group , will speak about the compliance job market and the growth of the compliance industry.
  • Assistant Dean Beth Westerman-Koback will discuss tuition and how to apply.

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The Importance of Legal Research Skills

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Early in November, LexisNexis released a paper summarizing their survey of summer associates conducted last July. Summer Associates Identify Writing and Legal Research Skills Required on the Job reported on the responses of 330 summer associates working in large U.S. law firms (with over 50 attorneys).

The findings that I found most interesting were the following:

  • Close to half reported spending between 50 to 100% of their time conducting legal research.

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  • 86% of hiring partners believe legal research skills are highly important.
  • Summer associates used state and federal case law (97.3%) and state and federal statutes (87%) the most. Treatises were the most used secondary source.
  • When asked what additional research skills they would like to know, the summer associates chose regulatory research (33.9%), secondary sources (27.3%), and verdicts, briefs, and dockets (24.8%) as the top three topics.
  • Between 20 and 30% of summer associates would like more drafting instruction on contracts (29.7%), memo writing (28.8%), pleadings and motions (22.7%), and briefs (21.5%).

While this is just one study conducted by LexisNexis, it does give some information about the importance of legal research in the work done by summer associates.

~Betty Thomas~

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What I am Reading: The Education of Kevin Powell

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Have you read All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg? It is an autobiography about growing up dirt poor in northeastern Alabama. The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood is Kevin Powell’s autobiography about growing up dirt poor in the ghetto in Jersey City.  Both men were raised by single mothers. Both men experienced violence in their childhoods. Both men went on to become successful writers: Bragg won a Pulitzer Prize for his writing for The New York Times; Powell’s writings have appeared in The Washington Post, Newsweek, Essence, Ebony, Rolling Stone, and Vibe.

Powell’s journey was not a straight path. While he excelled in school and was able to go to Rutgers University, his suppressed anger sabotaged his own success several times along the way. His book includes chapters from his life about appearing on MTV’s The Real World, writing for Vibe magazine, running unsuccessfully for Congress, and journeying to Africa.  In an interview about his book, Powell said that his memoir has been inside him for years. He also said that while he did not target his book to young adults, he does hope that young people might avoid some of the mistakes that he made growing up. His memoir is an honest, transparent account of his life, the successes and the failures. He works as an activist, writer, and public speaker focusing on civil and human rights. He works through his organization, BK Nation, to organize peaceful protests. He ultimately works to move humanity towards freedom, justice, equality, and peace.

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This book is his story.

Follow-up:  Kevin Powell discusses black masculinity in popular culture with bell hooks of The New School at https://youtu.be/FoXNzyK70Bk. The conversation begins at 13:13.

The Education of Kevin Powell is available for checkout from the Charlotte Law Library. For a few weeks, it will be located with the New Books in the East Reading Room on the 5th floor and then located here.

~Betty Thomas~

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Apply Now for Our Paralegal Certificate Program!

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You have the option of enrolling in a traditional or online (live) classroom. 

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

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — December 26, 2016

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How Libraries Are Boldly Innovating to Meet the Needs of Changing Communities

More than a decade ago, the city of Lafayette in the greater San Francisco Bay Area did some soul-searching about the fate of its library. With a population of just a little more than 25,000, the city had outgrown the tiny 1960s building within a decade. The library’s structure was falling apart, which was especially problematic in earthquake country. As the conversation about building a new library ramped up, Steve King, a longtime resident and small business economy researcher, wasn’t so sure a brick-and-mortar library was even needed — not with the Internet seemingly taking its place. The way he saw it, you could find much of the same information online as you could at the library — anytime, without even leaving the house.

2016 I Love My Librarian Award Winners

Congratulations to the 10 winners of the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award! Thank you to all the library supporters who sent in nominations. More than 1100 library patrons submitted detailed stories regarding how their librarian had an impact on their communities and lives. 2016 recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the valuable role they play in our nation’s communities in transforming lives through education.

The Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women

The Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women will be a peaceful demonstration of solidarity bringing together members of underrepresented communities, women, and their allies in Georgia and nationally. The march will be held in Atlanta on January 21, 2017 at 1:00 pm beginning at the Center for Civil and Human Rights and ending at the Georgia State Capitol.

Law School Administrators Would Like al-Qaeda to Go After U.S. News & World Report. This Is Why.

Wendy Nelson Espeland and Michael Sauder’s new book, “Engines of Anxiety,” explains how law schools try to game the U.S. News & World Report’s academic rankings to attract students. I interviewed them by email to understand why these rankings are so important, and what law schools do to try to improve their rating.

How the Conservative Religious Coalition Won the 2016 Election — Part I: Education

This is the first part in a three-part series on the 2016 election. The series will cover education, reproductive rights, and LGBTQ rights.

Bookish Board Games Gifts for the Friend Who Already Has All the Books

Buying gifts for avid readers can be difficult. You want, of course, to buy them a book, but how do you know they don’t have it already? Do you know them well enough to know the book’s in their wheelhouse? And what if there’s some esoteric reason why they prefer the paperback over the hardback, a used copy over a new copy?

Georgetown Law to Launch Institute for Technology Law and Policy

Law schools are pushing to meet newer legal industry needs, and Georgetown Law is looking to help students shape the conversation.

How Data and Information Literacy Could End Fake News

At its core, the rise of “fake news” is first and foremost a sign that we have failed as a society to teach our citizens how to think critically about data and information. Take that email from a Nigerian prince offering to transfer you ten million dollars if you’ll just send him $10,000 to cover the wire costs. Enough people get that email each day and wire those ten thousand dollars that this scam continues in 2016. The Internet has globalized the art of the scam and the reach of misinformation, allowing a single tweet to go viral across the planet, sowing chaos in countries on the other side of the world from the person sending it.

Facebook, Google and now Verizon Are Accelerating Their Tracking Efforts Despite Consumers’ Privacy Concerns

They’re all pursuing the holy grail for digital advertising — syncing up personal information with browsing history and app usage.

The Industrial (Legal) Revolution

The United States has a well-documented access to justice crisis. According to the American Bar Foundation, 80% of people with legal problems are not addressing them with the help of a lawyer. In many cases, people do not recognize that their problems are legal problems. For others, the cost of legal services is too high, or the uncertainty of billable-hour costs make legal services impractical.

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