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The Point System Is Launching — Complete Our Quick Quiz and Earn Free CSL Prizes

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Prizes may be claimed between the hours of 10am – 3pm, Monday through Friday, from the staff at the Circulation Desk.

~Erica Tyler~

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Links We Love Weekly Round-Up — September 1, 2014

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Making Friends in Law School

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.

Your Email Outbox is Full of Blog Posts

As a lawyer you struggle to find the time to blog. Ironically, you’re creating blog posts throughout a typical work day.  They’re in your email outbox. The emails just need to be worked into blog posts.

Study: People Don’t Want More Apps

Google and Apple’s mobile platforms each boast about 1.2 million apps right now, and the race to develop hit apps never stops. But using data from the digital analytics firm comScore, Quartz points out a surprising trend: Most smartphone owners in the United States download zero apps per month.

6 Ways to Become a Power User of the Public Library

You have a library card and you know the library is more than just a “Netflix for books.” Maybe you know about your library’s ebook offerings and maybe you know you can borrow audiobooks or DVDs. But how can you make the absolute most out of your local library? Here are 6 tips for becoming a power user of the public library.

Rules for Birth-Control Mandate After Hobby Lobby

The Obama administration, planning to change its health insurance rules to satisfy the Supreme Court’s ruling in June limiting the federal birth-control mandate, proposed on Friday that for-profit companies with publicly traded stock will not qualify for a new exemption.

The Lies Your Mind Tells You to Prevent Life Changes

The mind is a wonderful thing. It’s also a complete liar that constantly tries to convince us not to take actions we know are good for us, and stops many great changes in our lives.

Main Analysis: Political Issues and the Spiral of Silence

It has long been clear in the research community that people’s willingness to discuss political issues depends on their access to news and on the social climate for discussion. This study explores people’s willingness to share their opinions on and offline about an important political issue.

Who Owns a Monkey’s Selfie?  No One Can, U.S. Says

The question of who owns a striking image taken by a crested black macaque may be closer to being settled, as the U.S. Copyright Office says the photo can’t be copyrighted — by the person who owns the camera or by any other entity — because it wasn’t taken by a human.

Legal Self-Help Centers Are “Vibrant and Effective,” Survey Says; Can Unbundled Services Play a Role?

Legal self-help centers have proliferated since Maricopa County, Arizona, launched a groundbreaking court-based legal help center in the early 1990s for residents handling their own cases.  The ABA’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services identified about 500 self-help centers around the country and surveyed them about funding, staffing and services.

 A Brooklyn Librarian Will Now Make You a Personalized Reading List, and You Don’t Even Have to Put on Pants

The BookMatch program launched quietly about two weeks ago. It’s completely free: just fill out the online form telling the nice librarians what you like to read, and they’ll come back to you in about a week with a list of five or six recommendations. You can even specify what type of format you prefer: ebook, for example, or a nice paper book if you’re a normal, civilized human being.

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Need Plans Over the Holiday Weekend?

Don’t sweat it; the Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation department has you covered. The Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte will host the Bearden Birthday Bash over the Labor Day Weekend, Friday, August 29th – Sunday, August 31st, at the Park which is located at 300 S. Church Street.

The festival is in celebration of the park’s namesake, Romare Bearden’s birthday and to commemorate the park’s one year anniversary. There will be live bands Friday evening through Sunday afternoon and Saturday afternoon Radio Disney will be at the park to host children’s activities.

Make sure to bring your lawn chairs or blankets and feel free to bring food and drinks (no glass) for a fun family picnic.

For more questions or for a schedule of the weekend events check here.

If you are unable to attend the Bearden Birthday bash but would still like to check out this awesome park check out one of the events below.

Party in the Park Series: This is a series of weekly performances featuring fun and energetic bands each Wednesday from 5:30-9 pm with live music starting at 6 pm. Lawn chairs and picnics are welcome, food and beverage will be available for purchase. Please no glass containers.

Upcoming performances:

  • September 3 Too Much Sylvia
  • September 10 The Swingin’ Medallions
  • September 17 Gal Friday
  • September 24 The Dickens

Music Box Lunch Series: These are small informal musical presentations featuring local and regional talent performing, noon – 1:30 pm.

Upcoming performances:

  • August 29 Tim Gordon
  • September 2 Neal Davenport
  • September 5 5 on Sundays duo
  • September 9 Gabriel Bello
  • September 12 Shane Tracy
  • September 16 Roy Daye
  • September 23 Carrie Marshall

Bearden Music Series: Come out each month to enjoy your Saturday in the park with evenings of Cajun, Beach Music and more! Bring your lawn chair and picnic blankets to relax or dance the night away with some of the region’s most popular musicians. Outside food and pets are welcomed, please no alcohol or glass containers. Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

September 20 – Cajun

  • Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos
  • Bayou Diesel
  • Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys

Fitness Program:

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The 2014 fitness program provides high quality, full-service fitness programming, scheduling and support at Romare Bearden Park on a weekly basis. Programs include Yoga, Zumba and Boot Camp sessions. View the schedule. Classes are FREE until further notice. To register, click here and create an account.

~Minerva Mims~

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Announcement: New CLE Event for NCCP Exam Preparation

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Title: North Carolina Certified Paralegal (NCCP) Exam Preparation Course
Date: Friday, September 5 – Saturday, September 6, 2014
Location: Charlotte School of Law – Charlotte Plaza Building

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WestlawNext System Announcement

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Westlaw Next Alert

WestlawNext downtime for system maintenance this weekend – please plan accordingly, and feel free to contact the library with any questions or concerns.

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Sunday Student Access to the Charlotte Law Library

The Charlotte Law Library is open on Sundays from 8 am – 11pm, and during midterms and final exams 8 am – midnight.

  • The circulation desk is open noon – 9 pm.
  • The reference desk is open noon – 6 pm.

On Sundays, all the entrances to the building are locked. To get in, there is a reader on the wall outside the College Street entrance near the revolving doors. Swipe your card to get into the building.

To leave the building, there is a red button to push on the wall between the two doors on the College Street entrance/exit.

If someone has a problem getting into the building, there is a button to connect to security. These measures are for your safety.

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~Betty Thomas~

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ALR Student’s Corner: North Carolina Law of Damages

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What is North Carolina Law of Damages?

North Carolina Law of Damages (5th edition) is a two-volume, annotated practice guide for attorneys practicing in North Carolina. It provides a wide-range of information on damages as they pertain to such legal topics as criminal proceedings, hospital liens, personal injury, fraud and deceit, wrongful death, family torts, estates, and statutory penalties. These diverse topics represent a mere fraction of the information available in North Carolina Law of Damages, making it an enormously valuable resource for attorneys researching the law of damages in North Carolina as it applies to a multitude of civil law issues.

This practice guide is exceptionally well organized; topics are broken down further into concise sub-topics, 269 in total. Part I (Damages, Generally) contains 12 chapters and 88 subtopics, while Part II (Damages Relating to Particular Subject Areas) contains 26 chapters and 181 subtopics. This organization provides an extremely user-friendly way of searching for almost any information about damages in North Carolina.

How to Locate North Carolina Law of Damages

To locate the electronic version of the practice guide on WestlawNext, type the title in the universal search box and, once “North Carolina Law of Damages” populates in the suggestion box below, select the practice guide (note: make certain to check the “Show Suggestions” box beforehand). From there, you can choose Part I for general information on damages or Part II for more specific information on damages relating to a particular subject.  The electronic version of the practice guide might also be accessed on WestlawNext by drilling down in accordance with the following navigational path: “Browse: All Content” > “Secondary Sources” > “North Carolina” > “Texts & Treatises” > “North Carolina Law of Damages.”

The print version of the practice guide is available at the Charlotte School of Law library; the call number (KFN7595 .W66 2004 v.1) can be accessed via the library catalog with the following search string: “north carolina damages.”  The practice guide can also be purchased for $312.00 with monthly updates costing $27.00.

How to Search North Carolina Law of Damages

To demonstrate how easy and helpful this practice guide is, let’s conduct a hypothetical search.  Let’s say that a client has come to you after a trial judge set aside a jury verdict awarding him $10,000 in compensatory damages and $50,000 in punitive damages. To advise your client, you decide to determine whether the damages are considered excessive under North Carolina law. This is a more general topic, so you consult Part I of North Carolina Law of Damages. From the table of contents, you decide “Chapter 7: Amount of Damages” seems relevant to your client’s issue, and even more so, the subtopic below, “§ 7:4 – Excessive or inadequate damages.” Turning to that section in the volume, you learn the trial judge has discretionary power to set aside an award of damages if she believes that the damages are excessive or inadequate and given under the influence of passion or prejudice, or if the evidence is insufficient to justify the verdict. This does not provide much guidance as to whether your client’s award of damages might be considered excessive. However, § 7:4 goes on to state that a ruling by the trial judge on the issue of damages is within her discretion and will not be set aside except upon a showing of abuse of discretion. You can now advise your client appropriately, and you have North Carolina Law of Damages to thank for it.

~ Michelle Abbott, L’15 ~

 Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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