Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — September 15, 2014


NYPL Sees Success with #Ireadeverywhere Initiative

On August 5, the New York Public Library (NYPL) launched a social media initiative using the hashtag #Ireadeverywhere. Participants post pictures of themselves on social media reading something—books, e-readers, magazines—in whatever location they want using the designated hashtag.

Lawyer Forms a National Group to Link Food Truck Associations

In 2009, Matt Geller got a call from a friend who was part of the burgeoning Los Angeles food truck industry. The truck had been shut down for violating a local ordinance requiring bathroom access, and his friend was losing thousands of dollars.  Geller, a 2008 UCLA School of Law graduate, wasn’t a practicing lawyer (he wanted to pursue politics), but he had years of experience in the restaurant business and had also done a summer in a city councilman’s office.  Eventually, Geller determined that the shutdown order was bogus—and that bogus enforcement was common. “I got together with some food truck operators and listened to their stories, and they were all pretty bad,” Geller says. “There were regulations that were being enforced that no longer existed.”  And suddenly Geller was a leader in the food truck movement.

What Happened to the Information Removed from PACER?

UNC has compiled the following to let you know how you would access the information previously available, but now removed, from PACER. We include below both the information for requesting the information directly from the courts affected and also availability of information on commercial databases.

Why Everyone should Read Harry Potter

Tales of the young wizard instill empathy, a study finds

Do Stand Up Comedians Take Knowledge Management More Seriously than the Average Lawyer?

Apparently Milton Berle and George Carlin had also developed sophisticated systems for organizing and retrieving their jokes. Bob Hope had what was called a “joke vault.” Lawyers like stand up comics live by their wits and have to be prepared with their “best material” in every context. The average 21st Century lawyer has the advantage of access to sophisticated technology, yet they remain largely adverse to contributing even the most basic descriptive  attributes (e.g. a meaningful  title beyond the word “memo” or ” contract”)  for documents they may have invested weeks in drafting.

Despite Higher Costs, Charlotte Streetcar Moves Ahead

Despite concerns over escalating costs, the Charlotte City Council on Monday approved a plan to build a $150 million streetcar extension, with the federal government to pay for half of the cost if the city secures a grant.

What Apple’s Changing After Massive Celeb Hack

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke with the Wall Street Journal about some changes the company is making in response to the massive celeb hacking of 2014.

Top Signs You Are a Gunner

Are you a gunner? Here’s a Bitter Lawyer reference guide to help determine if you are one—or to confirm the gunner status of any Eugenes in your professional or personal life.

Montaigne and the Double Meaning of Meditation

“There is no exercise that is either feeble or more strenuous … than that of conversing with one’s own thoughts.”

A Neutral Guide to Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality has been the topic of intense conversation recently, as the FCC solicits and considers public comments about how to regulate Internet traffic. We’ve put together the overview below to help you understand the issues and players that influence the way we use the Internet daily for business, research, entertainment, and social activities.

Two Top Democrats Push Back against FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan

Two senior congressional Democrats have taken steps to push back against the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality plan, bringing high-profile opposition to the proposal by President Barack Obama’s top telecommunications regulator.

Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Success

This week’s tip for improving your performance is the most simple and straightforward method I’ve provided thus far. For many people, this tip has the potential to have a bigger impact than any other single action. The catch? You have to cut down on caffeine, and as any caffeine drinker can attest, this is easier said than done.

In Cheeky Pushback, Colleges Razz Rate My Professors

The Internet can be a nasty place, as academics know well from Rate My Professors. … Many professors assail the website and anything that might give it credence. But at least some faculty members have recently concluded that the best way to challenge the site and its unsubstantiated ratings is to mock it without mercy.  Lehigh University became the latest institution to use the website as fodder for comedy. Taking a cue from a popular late-night comedy trope in which celebrities read cruel tweets about them, Lehigh filmed faculty members reading negative comments about themselves from Rate My Professors, and posted the videos online.

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Now Hiring: Bloomberg BNA Student Product Advocate for Charlotte Law

Bloomberg BNA is seeking an energetic, highly motivated and creative Bloomberg Law Product Advocate to support our organization at your school. The successful candidate will be fully trained to use Bloomberg Law and share expertise with fellow students. This position offers a unique and significant opportunity to shape and build one of the most exciting legal research resources in the legal information services industry!

So, current Charlotte School of Law students — are you interested?

To apply, please visit the Charlotte School of Law Career Services Manager and submit your resume ASAP!

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ALR Student’s Corner: Elements of Civil Causes of Action in North Carolina

I can only imagine what life will be like as a practicing attorney, and when I do, it often makes me nervous because work and life will be busy considering it takes a lot of commitment and excellence to stay abreast of the law which is ever changing.  But then I discovered Elements of Civil Causes of Action in North Carolina (2nd ed. 2014) by Douglas Scott MacGregor and Alyssa Rosen and published by the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation.


This single-volume, annotated resource relieves my anxiety because, like most other practice guides, this one is put together by lawyers for lawyers to use in practice.  So, the practice guide does much of the early research for you, explaining the rule of law and any applicable exceptions in clear, concise language and offering annotations to relevant case law and statutory authority.  Elements of Civil Causes of Action in North Carolina covers 38 of the most frequently filed causes of action in North Carolina, breaking each down according to definitions, elements, defenses and remedies.  I dream that my class outlines could be as well organized as this resource.  It is important to note that this resource exists only in print; there is no electronic version.  The print version of Elements of Civil Causes of Action in North Carolina can be located in the “Reference: Carolinas” section at the Charlotte School of Law library; the call number (KFN7933 .M33 2014) can be accessed via the library catalog with the following search string: “elements north carolina.”

Using the table of contents is the quickest and most efficient way of navigating to a particular cause of action as each is presented in its own chapter.  At the end of each chapter, endnotes provide additional references to journal articles, cases, and statutes that provide background information about the particular cause of action and the legal authority that stands for the rule of law.  Chapter titles include such causes of action as assault, battery, infliction of emotional distress and negligence.   At first glance, this is a clear throwback to Torts class, but other “non-doctrinal torts” are also covered such as the cause of action called “wrongful conception, wrongful birth and wrongful life,” also known as prenatal torts.


I had never heard of wrongful conception, wrongful birth and wrongful life, but learned from Elements of Civil Causes of Action in North Carolina that the Court of Appeals first recognized the tort in 1986.   These types of cases are usually brought by the parents of a child whose physician negligently performed an abortion or sterilization procedure or by a couple whose physician or pharmacist negligently performed a vasectomy or improperly filled a birth control prescription.  These prenatal torts are generally brought under a plaintiff’s medical malpractice claim, and the North Carolina Supreme Court has established that, to state a claim for malpractice, the plaintiff must establish the following: 1) there was a duty; 2) there was a breach of that duty; and 3) damages or injuries proximately resulted from that breach.

If you are ever working through a fact pattern that involves the alienation of affection, neglect, wrongful birth, or a similar tort, take the time to review Elements of Civil Causes of Action in North Carolina, a great resource to use when becoming familiar with an unfamiliar area of law.

~ Raeneice Taltoan, L’16 ~

 Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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Student Spotlight: 2014 ABA Annual Meeting Recap

The American Bar Association (“ABA”) is the world’s largest voluntary network of legal professionals and law students, with approximately 400,000 members.  Founded in 1878, the ABA’s mission is based on supporting the legal profession with practical resources for legal professionals and law students, while also improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools, and establishing model ethical codes.

This year, the ABA hosted its Annual Meeting at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts from August 7th – August 10th, 2014. Judges, attorneys, deans, professors, law students, and other legal professionals from around the world were invited to partake in discussions on ABA initiatives and vote on such initiatives, attend panels and CLEs, and participate in professional networking events. Five Charlotte School of Law students attended the Meeting on behalf of the law school for the Law Student Division: Alexandria “Lexi” Andresen (CSL ABA Representative, 3L), Brittany Smiley (CSL ABA Vice Representative, 2L), Marlowe Rary (SBA President, 3L), Angelo Zingaretti (SBA Senate Chair, 3L), and Maritza Adonis (Fourth Circuit Governor, 2L).

During the Annual Meeting, the Law Student Division accepted donations of school supplies for the children of domestic violence survivors at the Casa Myrna residential program. Charlotte School of Law donated large quantities of pens, pencils, journals, binders, highlighters, and other related school supplies to this cause.

Although the Charlotte Law student representatives were primarily at the Meeting to attend the Law Student division events, they also had the rare opportunity to attend the Judicial Division Lawyers Conference /Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association Joint Reception, organized by Charlotte Law Professor, Carolyn Dubay.  Many prominent judges and attorneys from across the country were also in attendance at this event, including: the Honorable Judge Frank D. Whitney, Chief Judge of the District Court of Western District of North Carolina; the Honorable Patti B. Saris, Chair, U.S. Sentencing Commission and Chief United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts; and the Honorable Ben C. Clyburn, Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland. The event took place at the Historical John Adams Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts.

Notably, Charlotte School of Law received a nationally recognized award at the ABA Annual Meeting—The Excellence in Membership and Programming Award.  This award recognizes Charlotte Law for its outstanding ABA membership efforts, involvement, and activity in the ABA Law Student Division. Charlotte Law’s student representatives accepted the award on behalf of the school in front of national ABA officers and 102 other law schools represented at the event.

ABA Representative Lexi Andresen states:

When Charlotte Law was announced as the recipient of the Excellence in Membership & Programming Award, the first thought that went through my mind was how appreciative I am of the students involved in the ABA at Charlotte School of Law. We work very hard to put on events that are interesting, informative, and provide networking opportunities for students. I am incredibly pleased that our efforts and the participation of the Charlotte Law student body in ABA events, were recognized on a national level!

I have had the wonderful opportunity of attending the ABA Annual Meeting two years in a row now. Both times, one thing stuck with me after each meeting – it’s truly amazing how much this organization is making important and substantive changes to the legal system, legal education, and the world in general.

As a Ms. JD Fellowship Recipient, Lexi also had the esteemed opportunity to attend the 24th Annual Margaret Brent Awards Luncheon on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Check out our earlier post on this event for more details!

ABA Vice Representative Britany Smiley sums up the 2014 ABA Annual Meeting with this:

I think I speak on behalf of all of the Charlotte Law student leaders who attended when I say that the trip to Boston was a wonderful experience, both academically and socially. We were able to learn so much about the ABA and everything it has to offer law students, young lawyers and seasoned professionals as well as the many initiatives that the organization is taking in various areas of practice and educational reform. We were also able to network with professionals from around the country, including professors, attorneys, judges, past and present ABA Presidents, as well as student representatives from various schools across the nation. We are excited to bring all that we learned, and the connections that we made, back to Charlotte and cannot wait for the upcoming year!

If you are interested in becoming a member of the ABA Law Student Division at Charlotte School of Law, please visit  Please contact the Charlotte School of Law ABA Representative, Alexandria Andresen (, with any questions that you may have regarding ABA involvement.

Congratulations to all of these amazing students for their accomplishments and for taking the time to share their experiences with the Charlotte Law Library blog — and a special thanks to our Core Operations student worker, Mili Banerji, for her assistance in compilation of this article!

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — September 8, 2014


Want Better Law School Grades?  Take An Iterative Approach to Learning

It’s a fresh semester, a new year, and you’ve resolved to get better law school grades. Great! How are you going to do that? If you’re like most people, you resolve to “work harder.”  For a few days, or maybe even a couple of weeks, you spend extra time in the library, making sure you’re well-prepared for class and don’t fall behind on the reading. Inevitably, however, things get in the way and you start slipping…There’s nothing really wrong with this approach, except for the fact that it’s unlikely to improve your outcome. What will improve your results is a new approach — iteration.

Seven Tricks of Law School Networking 101

Across the country, law students are entering their august institutions. We here at Bitter Lawyer are happy to guide these students through the perils of their epic quest for a J.D. by reposting helpful tidbits provided by those that came before them. Stand on the shoulders of bitter giants, students.

Judge Orders Lawyer to Put on Socks

Told by an Indiana judge that a local court rule requires lawyers to wear socks, Todd Glickfield resisted.

Lego in the Lab

When Lego launched its first line of female scientists earlier this month, archaeologist Donna Yates of the University of Glasgow was one of the first to buy a set. She created scenes of the mini scientists experiencing the trials and tribulations of everyday academic life, then photographed them and posted them on Twitter—to the delight of 30,000 followers and counting. Jessica Hamzelou asks her why everyone loves the tiny scientists.

Click Like You Give a Damn: The Politics of Linkbait and How Feeding on Buzz Ensures a Malnourished Soul

When we feed on buzz, are we really nourishing our souls?  Most intelligent, motivated people believe that we shape the world with our choices — that subverting our convictions to some this-is-just-the-way-it-is ideology is unacceptable, disempowering resignation. And yet even the best-intentioned people often get caught in believing this on an abstract level, while making passive, semi-automatic choices in our daily lives that float us further from rather than closer to the world we say we desire.

Blogging and Social Media for Lawyers Is Not a Zero Sum Game

The universal recognition that there’s plenty of room for more authors, and that more reading is better than less reading, even if what’s getting read isn’t ours.  It’s not a zero-sum game. It’s an infinite game, one where we each seek to help ideas spread and lives change.

If Cats Wrote Books

Raise your hand if you think that cats would write some freakin’ awesome books.  The only reason they don’t? Because we shoo them away from the computer and they don’t have opposable thumbs so they can’t hold a pen.  SO. NOT. FAIR.

7 Rules That Keep My Life Simple

I enjoy creating a few simple rules to live by that take away some of the overwhelming decision making we need to make every day.

Introducing Bookbook, The Tablet With Crystal Clear HD And Absolutely No Lag

Ikea has a winner here with this technological advancement.

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2014 Law School Survey of Student Engagement Results Summary

CharlotteLaw recently received the results of the 2014 Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) which showed some notable improvements over last year in several key areas.

We are very proud of the results, which are key indicators of how students perceive their law school experience.

Information of this nature is particularly important for an institution that is student-centered and strives to engender appreciation of the challenges and opportunities associated with building a leadership institution.  Some of the areas in which we saw positive results include:

  • Overall student engagement…up 6.6%
  • Rating of entire educational experience…up 6.4%
  • If you could start over again, would you go to the same law school you are now attending…up 8.7%
  • School is supportive of its students…up 9.7%
  • Relationships with other students…up 1.2%
  • Relationships with faculty members…up 2.6%
  • Relationships with administrative staff and offices…up 11.4%
  • Career development support…up 6.2%
  • Development of critical legal skills…up 3.5%
  • Percentage of students who have participated or plan to participate in academic experiences…up 7.0%
  • Percentage of students who have participated or plan to participate in practical experiences…up 5.9%
  • Serving the community…up 3.0%
  • Student ethics…up 7.3%

LSSSE is an objective organization that surveys students at law schools across the country each year.  The survey measures aspects of the law school experience from relationships with faculty to successful learning outcomes.  The law school then takes what it learns from this important source of feedback and creates action plans for continuing what works well and improving what doesn’t work as well.

As a CharlotteLaw student, please be sure to participate in LSSSE in April 2015 and other surveys throughout the year so that your feedback is heard.

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Student Spotlight: Alexandria Andresen Attends the 24th Annual Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award Luncheon


The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. The Brent Awards Luncheon is the place where the Brent Award winners are honored. The Luncheon is a significant event at the ABA Annual Meeting, as national ABA officers, the ABA President, and past Presidents were among those attending the event.

Ms. JD, a nonprofit nonpartisan organization, is the premier national organization for women in the law. Ms. JD is dedicated to the success of aspiring and early career women lawyers. Every year, Ms. JD selects 15-20 rising 3L women around the country to receive the Ms. JD Fellowship.  This year, Charlotte School of Law student, Alexandria “Lexi” Andresen, was one of 17 students from across the country to be selected for the national Fellowship.

Ms. Andresen states:

When I first found out that I had been selected as one of 17 women in the country to be selected for the Ms. JD Fellowship, I was astounded, but appreciative of such a wonderful opportunity. The main purpose of the Fellowship is promote the importance of mentors within the legal profession. I have been fortunate to already have some great mentors in my life, including the incredibly successful mentor that I’ve been paired with through the Ms. JD Fellowship, Sara Holtz of San Francisco, CA. I think it is very important to continue seeking out successful mentors, and to be a mentor myself.

As a Ms. JD Fellowship Recipient, Ms. Andresen had the esteemed opportunity to attend the 24th Annual Margaret Brent Awards Luncheon on Sunday, August 10, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. At the Luncheon, the Brent Award winners were presented with their Awards, and each honoree delivered a 10- to 20- minute speech after the presentation of the Award.

This year, Brent Award was presented to the following five (5) prestigious female attorneys from around the country:

  • ​Honorable Nancy Gertner; Harvard Law School and Judge (Retired); U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; Cambridge, MA
  • Anastasia D. Kelly; Co-Managing Partner (Americas); DLA Piper; Washington, DC
  • Allie B. Latimer (PDF); Former General Counsel; General Services Administration; Washington, DC
  • Honorable Kathryn Doi Todd; Associate Justice (Retired); California Court of Appeal, Second District; Los Angeles, CA
  • Marissa C. Wesely (PDF); Of Counsel; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; New York, NY
The Award recipients on the stage at the Luncheon

The Award recipients on the stage at the Luncheon

At the Luncheon, each Brent Award winner delivered motivating and inspirational speeches describing their experiences and how they achieved their many successes. Each woman had her own unique and amazing story; however, a common theme in each of the speeches was the importance of grit and determination of women within the legal profession.  The speeches for each of the Brent Award winners can be found on the ABA Website.

Lexi’s advice to 2Ls looking to apply for the Ms. JD Fellowship next year is:

Get involved in the school and local community, keep up the good grades, and seek out those important mentor/mentee relationships!


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