Art of Downtown Charlotte — Part VI: A Regular Commentary of Art and the Art Scene in Charlotte

Greetings once again and I know it has been a bit of a hiatus. This time I am going to focus on three sculptures of the downtown area that are close to home, as in really close to home (as in the law school is located in the Charlotte Plaza building). I have wondered about these pieces for some time and due to the good folks at Hines who manage the Charlotte Plaza building, I was able to get some basic information, and from there I was able to launch my research.

The first and perhaps my favorite is called Untitled; however, it has been given the unofficial title of Four Seasons. The sculpture is located near the water fountain area where patrons can sit outside to enjoy their lunch. The sculpture is 78 inches tall and 28 inches wide. It is mixed media of chrome steel and what appear to be high fire ceramic panel motifs. An etched steel abstract weather vane tops the obelisk-like object.

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The name of the artist attributed to the sculpture is Alice Proctor. You can image what sort of time I had attempting to research such a ubiquitous name. While I did find a number of artists and sculptors of that name, none of them appeared to fit the style or areas of focus as the above piece. Unfortunately, the company that manages the Charlotte Plaza were not able to provide me with additional information. They stated that the sculpture was purchased by the previous building management and they do not know what consideration was used in the selection of the art. Therefore, if any of you that read this have further knowledge, please contact me.

Next is a sculpture that any of you who have dined or walked past the Carolina Ale House on the ground floor of the Charlotte Plaza have seen and perhaps you have wondered, “What the heck is that?”

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The above is titled Two Angled Forms. Yes, I know you would think creative people could come up with creative titles as well. Of course labeling art objects untitled is a trend in modern art, as the idea is that a specific title immediately conveys certain predispositions as to how the object was perceived. Therefore, Two Angled Forms, while descriptive, is also neutral enough to allow the viewer to draw their own conclusions.

Two Angled forms was created by sculptor James Rosati, a noted artist in this particular style of large abstract sculpture. The sculpture is 16 feet by 20 by 10 made of chrome steel and was commissioned in 1983. Additional information about the work of James Rosati can be found here.

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Finally we have Mountain Tango. Now there is a title! This work is on display on the Mall level right beside the Charlotte School of Law Welcome Center. You cannot miss it, as it is right between the parking deck and mall proper. This is the work of Ali Baudoin and is similar in style and presentation to the Rosati work mentioned above. Again, this is made from chrome steel (I am sensing a trend here). The placement of this particular work is a bit unfortunate, as it is not in the best place for viewing. I had quite the time getting a decent enough photograph with the lighting and cramped space it was placed in.

You can learn more about Ali Baudoin by going here.

As you can see, all three of these works, in particular the Rosati and Baudoin pieces, fall into that nebulous area of modern or contemporary monumental art. Often, the terms modern and contemporary are used interchangeably. To be clear, contemporary art is simply art created in our time, which means it can be applied to a vast scope of art objects. I want to focus briefly on the monument part of the description. In fact, many of the works I have covered so far in this series have been monuments of some form or other, and I will branch out more as this series continues. It has been stated in artistic critical thinking that a culture builds monuments when it is robust and thriving. Yet the creation of such declines as a culture and civilization declines. That should offer some succor, regardless if you understand or appreciate these works, that for now western civilization and culture is still thriving. Perhaps that is all that matters where these works are concerned.

~Kim Allman~

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — October 20, 2014

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The Future of the Book

In keeping with its topic, this essay, from The Economist, can either be read in a scrolling screen format or in a book-like format; it can also be listened to.  Tap the icons at the top of the screen to choose which mode you want, and to change mode at any time.

Is It Legal to Mine Asteroids?

How space law could cause conflicts — or cooperation — on Earth.

The End of Bluebook or a New Beginning?

There’s been whispering in courthouses across the nation that the legal profession is changing. It is not often, however, that a bedrock of the profession comes under such direct and fundamental attack as was the case today. I am referring to The Bluebook, that uniform system of citation already ingrained in every newly minted 1L. If the Bluebook isn’t safe from disruption, then what in the legal profession is?

FBI Director Says Apple and Google Are Putting Their Customers “Beyond The Law”

FBI director James Comey really likes car analogies. Last week, in the first of a two-part interview on 60 Minutes, he called the Internet the “most dangerous parking lot imaginable,” meaning, I think, that you should be prepared to Taser any menacing email attachment that sneaks up behind you. On Sunday night, in his second appearance, he addressed Apple and Google’s Android making phones that can only be unlocked by their customers’ pin codes. Comey compared the tech giants selling phones with encrypted data that can’t be unlocked with a court order to a car dealer selling “cars with trunks that couldn’t ever be opened by law enforcement.”

Court Allows North Carolina Voting Limits

The Supreme Court, with two Justices noting dissents, on Wednesday afternoon allowed North Carolina to bar voters from registering and casting their ballots on the same day, and to refuse to count votes that were cast in the wrong polling places.  Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.  The majority did not explain its action.

Gale Asks Users for “My Library Story”

Much of the mainstream media coverage concerning libraries these days is focused on the challenges they face, escalating budget cuts, and questions about their relevance in today’s world. Library resource vendor Gale, part of Cengage Learning, wants to help turn those perceptions around and show libraries in a more positive light.

The Empire Strikes Back: The Fan-Made Version

Have you seen The Empire Strikes Back Uncut? If you have, there’s a chance you’re one of the hundreds of fans who contributed their own scenes to recreate the Star Wars classic in full.

Lawsuit Testing Personhood of Chimps Gets Its Day at an Appeals Court

A novel legal case exploring the personhood of chimps got its day at an appellate level court today.

A Librarian’s Quest to End the Stigma Against Comics

The Carolina Manga Library is a library on wheels dedicated to promoting literacy through graphic novels, comic books, and manga. Traveling to various conventions and events in the U.S., the non-profit organization supplies all kinds of books while challenging others’ interests.

Tapping the Twitterverse for Meaning

Twitter and M.I.T. have teamed up to launch the Laboratory for Social Machines to analyze the impact of social media messages on society.

Reports of Free Money from Red Bull Settlement Lead to Website Crash

So many consumers sought to reap the benefits of a $13 million Red Bull settlement this week that the compensation website crashed.

How to Be the Most Productive Person in Your Office – And Still Get Home by 5:30pm

Rule number one: To-do lists are evil.  Schedule everything.

The “Future Library” Is Planting Trees – And Ideas – For Books that Won’t Be Read Until 2114

Who says print is dead? A hundred years from now, the trees and text–by authors like Margaret Atwood–will be bound into a book (instructions on how to print a book, included).

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Building Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance While Teaching Legal Research

Kristina Niedringhaus of Georgia State University College of Law Library and Carolyn Broering-Jacobs of Cleveland State University, Cleveland Marshall College of Law gave a spirited and honest discussion about the emergence of grit as a best practice in education before a packed hall at the 107th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference. Their presentation, called Building Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance While Teaching Legal Research, synthesized the scientific research behind grit, and encouraged attendees to share their own experiences implementing grit in legal research instruction.

Grit is the display of perseverance and passion in the attainment of long-term goals.  The research of psychologist Angela Duckworth – among West Point cadets, Wharton School of Business graduates, National Spelling Bee champions, and other high-achieving-groups – indicates that, across demographics, grit is more important in determining success than intelligence or standardized test score. According to Ms. Duckworth, grit is measurable.  Presenters Niedringhaus and Broering-Jacobs administered the Duckworth Grit Scale to the attendees, and, as you would expect in a hall of librarians, the Grit Scale confirmed we were quite the gritty bunch.

Aside from quantifiable data, a student’s grittiness reveals itself in other ways.  For instance, an optimistic explanatory style of negative events correlates to having grit.  Also, students whose words and actions espouse a growth mindset show more resolve and determination in the face of failure than those who demonstrate a fixed mindset.  The growth mindset student willingly risks failure and accepts it as part of the hard work necessary to grow her intelligence and talent.  Conversely, the fixed mindset student believes her intelligence and talent cannot be improved, so she sees no point in working hard, least of all if there is the chance of failure.  This dichotomy between the growth mindset and fixed mindset tracks closely along cultural lines: students of Western cultures believe that struggle indicates they are less capable, while those of Eastern cultures believe the opposite, embracing struggle as a positive event.

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There are no scientific studies that indicate grit can be taught.  But, because it is the key to embracing hard work and failure, and learning over the long-term, presenters Niedringhaus and Broering-Jacobs, in the highlight of their discussion, turned it over to the attendees to share anecdotes of teaching grit.  These fell within such categories as staging an interrupting event or a complication in the research strategy, and allowing searches that lead nowhere or to an unclear answer.  But, a couple of anecdotes hit upon truly unique ways of teaching grit.  One professor brought bow ties to class and taught grit by showing students how to tie a bow tie.  Another professor recorded her efforts to answer a research problem devised by her students, capturing her frustration and failures, but also her determination and strategies for success as she worked through the problem.

Presenters Niedringhaus and Broering-Jacobs gave an amazing presentation that left the attendees with practical ways of instilling grit in their classroom instruction.  This made Building Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance While Teaching Legal Research one of the most talked about presentations from the 107th AALL Annual Meeting & Conference.

~ Cory M. Lenz ~

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ALR Student’s Corner: North Carolina Corporation Law and Practice Forms

Practice Forms provide law students and attorneys with practical advice on various procedural aspects of litigation. Form books supply attorneys with the boiler-plate language that is standard for a particular legal form. The attorney can then use this language when drafting a business form and can fill in the specific information related to his client’s company. Many times they give step-by-step instructions and other useful tools that both save the attorney time and aid him in drafting legal documents. The form book, North Carolina Corporation Law & Practice Forms by James Snyder, Jr. (Thompson/West, 2003), does all of these same things for various business entities across the business cycle, from starting up to winding down.

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For the past year, I’ve been interning at a company’s legal department. I love working in the corporate realm and plan to continue to pursue a career in corporate law. Accordingly, I chose North Carolina Corporation Law & Practice Forms because I thought it would be helpful to have a solid understanding of corporate practice forms – not only for my current internship, but also for my future legal career.  This form book is divided into the following three chapters: 1) Business Corporations, 2) Incorporation, and 3) Other Business Entities. The back of the book also contains the following three appendices – Comparison of Forms of Entity – Nontax and Tax Considerations Matrices, Incorporating Your Business in North Carolina, and Nonprofit Corporations. The book begins with a detailed table of contents, and the back pocket contains a cumulative supplement that was issued in December 2011. The supplement contains updates for the first and third chapters of the book.

Chapter One: Business Corporations is divided into 141 subtopics and their corresponding forms, listed and organized chronologically by the events in a corporation’s life, beginning with an Agreement to Incorporate.  Chapter 2: Incorporation is divided into the categories Business and Nonprofit Corporations and Nonprofit Corporations. Each category is further divided into different subtopics, beginning with incorporation and ending with merger and dissolution. This helps the attorney select the form pertinent to her client’s transaction. Chapter Three: Other Business Entities is divided into the following eight categories: 1) Limited Liability Companies, 2) Limited Partnerships, 3) Limited Liability Partnerships, 4) Registered Limited Liability Limited Partnerships, 5) Professional Corporations, 6) Professional Limited Liability Companies, 7) General Partnerships, and 8) Cooperative Associations. These categories are further divided into 73 different subtopics; an organization, seen throughout the resource, which helps the attorney locate the right form for his client’s business entity and tailor it toward the particular facts of the transaction.

North Carolina Corporation Law & Practice Forms can be found on WestlawNext by drilling down in accordance with the following navigational path: “Browse: All Content” > “Secondary Sources” > “North Carolina” > “Forms” > “North Carolina Corporation Law & Practice Forms.”  It can also be located in the Charlotte School of Law library in the “Reference: Carolinas” section by using the following call number: KFN7613.A65 S69 2003.

To demonstrate how easy it is to search and navigate this form book, let’s conduct a hypothetical search.  Suppose I needed to look for a standard form for the Articles of Dissolution for a Limited Liability Company.  Having drilled down to North Carolina Corporation Law & Practice Forms on WestlawNext, I am ready to search within the resource.  Relevant search strings might be “articles of dissolution limited liability company;” “articles of dissolution” & “limited liability company;” or “articles of dissolution.”  The result page from each search string returns the correct form for the Articles of Dissolution for a Limited Liability Company in North Carolina, specifically § 3:18 Articles of Dissolution.  But, it’s worth noting that the more specific search string – the second one that made use of the connector “&” – returned more top results that were the most relevant. § 3:18 Articles of Dissolution includes such information as the name of the company, date of the filing of the Articles of Organization, reason for dissolution, effective date, and signature of the person filing the form. Having located the right form, I can appropriate much of the boiler-plate language and fill-in only the information specific to my client’s business or transaction.

North Carolina Corporation Law & Practice Forms is an extremely useful resource for corporate attorneys who need to quickly find the correct form to address their business clients’ various transactional needs.

~ Rebecca Reynolds, L’14 ~

 Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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Staff Spotlight

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Aithyni Rucker, the CPD’s Diversity Career Opportunity Coordinator, was published in this month’s NALP bulletin.  Her article is entitled The Diversity Professional: Getting Your CSO in the Game Through Creative Programming and Outreach.  She co-authored the article with Jenia Bacote, Assistant Director for Career Communications at Mercer University.

Congratulations, Aithyni, on this accomplishment!

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Charlotte School of Law Welcomes 10 Master of Laws (LL.M.) in American Legal Studies Students

The LLM in American Legal Studies program is offered to foreign trained attorneys and is a one-year, 24 credit hour program that provides students with the opportunity to pursue a flexible course of study tailored to their interests, or to complete the coursework required to be eligible to sit for the New York Bar Exam. Both options provide students with significant legal training and a strong understanding of U.S. law.

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For the Fall 2014 class, Charlotte Law welcomed 10 students representing India, Colombia, Peru, Lithuania, Jamaica, Romania, and Germany. Several full and partial tuition scholarship opportunities to qualified applicants will continue to be offered through the LL.M. Ambassador Scholarship program. In order to be eligible for consideration, a prospective student must simply submit his application for the LL.M program. To apply please visit LSAC at www.lsac.org. For these significant scholarship opportunities, highly qualified candidates are chosen who possess the following characteristics:

  • Qualifying first foreign degree in law;
  • High academic achievement;
  • Demonstrated capacity for leadership and teamwork;
  • Superior personal awareness;
  • Ability to contribute to the practice, development and study of law;
  • Commitment to service;
  • Contribution to a globally diverse student population;
  • Ability to master legal studies in English; and
  • Willingness to serve as an LL.M. alumni leader and ambassador for CSL.

We are still accepting applications for our Spring 2015 class beginning in January. There is no application fee for first-time applicants and no fee waiver code is needed when you apply online through the LSAC website.

More information about the one-year, 24-credit LL.M. program and the LL.M. Ambassador Scholarship can be found at www.charlottelaw.edu/llm. No additional application is required to be considered for any of Charlotte School of Law’s LL.M. scholarships, including the LL.M. Ambassador Scholarship.

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Photo Gallery: Celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day at the Charlotte Law Library

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