CSL Spotlight: Enhancing Learning Outcomes

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CSL is leading the higher education industry in enhancing learning outcomes and raising standards for experiential learning to prepare our students to be practice-ready.

Below is a front page article in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly about the recent change to ABA Standard 303(a) which now requires students to take 6 credits of experiential learning courses, and features interviews with Charlotte School of Law Deans Camille Davidson, Kama Pierce, and Carlos Pauling.

Law schools are sizing up recent changes to American Bar Association accreditation standards

Recent changes to the American Bar Association’s law school accreditation rules should mean minor adjustments for most of North Carolina’s law schools, if first impressions of several school leaders are correct. On Aug. 11 in Boston — after six years of comprehensive review — …

Read more: http://nclawyersweekly.com/2014/09/02/new-rules-for-schools-2/#ixzz3FYWViEot

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Faculty Spotlight: Professor Scott Broyles

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Our faculty serve as consultants to local media outlets when topics arise that align with their individual specializations.  

Here’s an example:

Constitutional law professor Scott Broyles was recently interviewed by WBTV about the state’s gay marriage ban.

http://www.wbtv.com/story/26715033/nc-gay-marriage-proponents-to-move-to-overturn-ban?autostart=true

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North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions – No Longer Available Through NCBA

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The Charlotte School of Law library maintains copies of the North Carolina Pattern Jury Instructions (Civil, Criminal and Motor Vehicle Negligence) in print, in the Reference Carolinas section. These pattern jury instructions are useful as a starting point for anyone creating jury instructions for a specific case. The instructions have been drafted by the N.C. Conference of Superior Court Judges and have been coordinated by the University of North Carolina School of Government.

Until Monday, October 6th, the North Carolina Bar Association had provided electronic access to these instructions by means of a licensing agreement involving FastCase, the North Carolina Bar Association and the University of North Carolina School of Government.  The NCBA’s license is not being renewed.

The School of Government has licensed the exclusive electronic rights to CX Corp.  Subscription access to the electronic editions of the Pattern Jury Instructions are available directly through CX Corp at www.ncpji.  Members of the North Carolina Bar Association may be entitled to a discount for a one-time subscription and annual updates.  Questions regarding how to secure the discount should be addressed to Joyce Brafford (jbrafford@ncbar.org or 919-996-4377).

~Susan Catterall~

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Faculty Spotlight: Professors Brian Clarke and Chris Woodyard

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Professor Brian Clarke’s work on mental health and legal education has been picked up by the Wall Street Journal.

Professor Chris Woodyard was recently featured in a local news story for WFAE, and a slightly different version aired nationally on the NPR Morning Edition.

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ALR Student’s Corner: Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina

Does “Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina” Pass the Relevancy Test?

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The Overview

The Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina, part of the North Carolina Practice Series, contains practical information about the admissibility of evidence, witness testimony, hearsay, authentication, and other overlapping considerations.  The target audience of this practice guide is trial attorneys.  It is updated annually so that it may continue to comprehensively cover the most important evidentiary topics in North Carolina.

The topics are further divided into subtopics throughout each of the 27 chapters.  The subtopics enable a trial attorney to find exactly what he or she is looking for with ease.  The Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina is available in print, as well as, electronically on WestlawNext.

To gain access to the practice guide on WestlawNext, first, look under the “All Content” tab on the homepage.  Next, click the link for “Secondary Sources.”  This will open a new screen, which arranges secondary sources by type, state, and topic.  Under the “By State” category, click on the “North Carolina” link.  The link accesses secondary sources that pertain to North Carolina.  Under the category titled “Texts & Treatises,” click on the link for “North Carolina Texts & Treatises.”  The link will access texts and treatises pertaining to North Carolina.  On the “North Carolina Texts & Treatises” page, there is a link to the Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina practice guide.  Selecting it takes you to its table of contents.

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The practice guide has one general index and table of contents.  The index highlights ten sections of evidentiary subjects, from abuse of hearings to affidavits.  When accessing any of these sections, a trial attorney will find the relevant evidentiary rule, a brief explanation of the rule, as well as, cited case law.  If a trial attorney is trying to challenge the admission or exclusion of evidence, the cited case law is helpful in trial preparation.  The cited case law also enables a trial attorney to see how another attorney argued an evidentiary rule and how the court ruled on that argument.  This helps a trial attorney better prepare his or her case and devise a litigation strategy.  So, even though there are no sections in Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina dedicated to forms, practice tips, or step-by-step litigation strategies, the abundant annotations to relevant case law more than compensates.

The Search    

To test the reliability of the Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina, I decided to do a search on hearsay exceptions.  I used the following search string to access the exceptions: hearsay /s except!  The search turned up 58 results that address hearsay exceptions.  The search results identified each chapter and title and previewed the relevant section from each.  Having this information enables a trial attorney to select the appropriate result without having to scavenger hunt for it.

For example, if a trial attorney is trying to get clarification of the rule for “Ancient Documents” under the hearsay exception, the attorney will find the information under § 17.3.  Accessing § 17.3 provides a link to the North Carolina evidentiary rule—N.C.R. Evid. 803(16)—that corresponds to the hearsay exception for ancient documents.  Also, under the same section, there is a link to N.C.R. Evid. 901(b)(8), which addresses the requirement of authentication or identification (see below).

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The practice guide synthesizes the rule related to ancient documents and hearsay and provides case law and statutory authority that supports the rule.  The annotations allow a trial attorney to expand his or her research with still more, relevant primary authority binding in North Carolina.

As a future trial attorney in North Carolina, I see Admissibility of Evidence in North Carolina becoming an invaluable resource as I tackle evidentiary issues, devise litigation strategies, file motions and submit arguments before the court on behalf of a client.  Therefore, I highly recommend this practice guide to trial attorneys in North Carolina because it passes the relevancy test.

~ Shernika Smith, L’16 ~

 Class Advisor – Cory M. Lenz, Esq.

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Study Room Policy Reminders

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Hello students, and congratulations on surviving mid-terms!

Below are a few quick reminders for all you study room bookers…

  • You can book rooms up to a week in advance, and book up to four hours a day.
  • You must confirm your study room reservation by clicking “confirm” in the email that is sent to your student email address when you make the reservation. Failure to do with will result in a cancellation of the study room reservation.
  • If a study room is not occupied within 15 minutes of the start of the reservation the entire reservation is forfeited.
  • Reservations must be made in in consecutive blocks. Attempting to extend your reservation by booking non-consecutive 30 minute blocks will result in the reservation being canceled and can result in being banned from the study room system.

That’s about all you need to know about study rooms…

May you know the answers to all future exam questions and may your Examsoft never crash – Happy Studying!!!

~Aaron Greene~

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Spotlight: CSL Community Service & Pro Bono Programs

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Through participation in the Charlotte School of Law Community Service and Pro Bono programs, students receive a unique opportunity to build valuable practical skills and a lifelong commitment to public service. Recognition or awards are often presented to students who exemplify this type of commitment.

The Center for Experiential Learning and the Center for Professional Development work cooperatively in the Pro Bono and Community Service Programs, empowering students to give back to the community, both locally and globally.

Here’s a real-life example:

http://www.wbtv.com/story/23918850/man-says-hes-innocent-but-cant-escape-1985-criminal-charges

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