Announcement: New CLE Event on Professionalism for New Attorneys


Title: Professionalism for New Attorneys (PNA)
Date: Friday, October 10 – Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 9:00a – 3:30p [Check-in begins at 8:30a]
Location: Charlotte School of Law – Charlotte Plaza Building


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


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


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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September Happenings


There’s no shortage of entertainment this autumn so why not “fall” into something fun?

Music: Eric Church, Steve Forbert,  Keb Mo, Joshua James, Charlotte Symphony: Ben Folds, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Kings of Leon, Young the Giant, Mike Epps, Christian Music Day, One Direction, Funk Fest, Christian Music Day, Parker Millsap, Brad Paisley, Weenie Roast, The Wood Brothers, Jazz at the Bechtler, Beethoven’s Eroica, Prince Royce, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Matisyahu, Rockin’ American Blues Revue, Tosco Music Party, Coheed and Cambria, Skid Row, Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line, R5, Grouplove, Orpheus Supertones

Northlake Mall Concerts in the Courtyard

Sunset Jazz Festival

Common Ground Plaza Midwood Music and Arts Festival

Performing Arts: Be a Lion,  House of Ichabod, Under the Streetlamp with Gentleman’s Rule, Once, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, River City, Footloose

Chews&Booze: Happy Hour at e2 Emeril’s Eatery, No Kid Hungry Charlotte, Competition Dining Series:Fire in the CityOktoberfest, Taste of the Mint: Beyond Craft, Zipline&Dine, Daddy Daughter Date Night at Chima, Men’s Breakfast and Tour of the Billy Graham Library, Discovery Place: Science on the Rocks 

SportsPanthers, Roller Derby

Races: Rock n Read 5k and walk, Hit the Brixx 10k&5k, South End Shuffle 5k, LungStrong 15k, Greater Charlotte Heart Walk, 2nd Annual Greater Charlotte Hydrocephalus Association Walk

Festivals: Yiasou Greek Festival, Southern Women’s Show, Festival of India, Festival in the Park,  ArtFest of Matthews, 9th Annual Festa Italiana

For the kids: Scales and Tails, Dolphin Tale 2, Indian Fair, 101 Dalmatians, The Giver, Once Upon  a Time…exploring the world of fairy tales, Read with Baron the Dog, Water for Wildlife, Alien Worlds and Androids at Discovery Place

For the furry kidsWOOFSTOCK 2014 Black Dog Adoption Event

For laughs: Mary Lynn Rajskub,Craig Shoemaker, Jimmie “JJ” Walker, John Caparulo

For the fashionistasNeiman Marcus Beauty EventStyle Night OutFashion Scene BallCharlotte Fashion Weektiny Touch of Love’s 1st Annual Fashion Show

Other fun happenings: Samaritan’s Feet Golf Tournament, ScarowindsWalk a Mile in Her Shoes, FREE Queen City Health and Wellness Expo,  Purple Stride Charlotte, Thrive Yoga Festival, Over the Edge CharlotteCharlotte Greek Picnic, Auto Fair, Opening Reception for CityLynx Gold Line Public Art Exhibit, Laca Projects, 17th Annual Moms@work Conference, Blend Conference, Queen City Gala, 2014 Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange Conference & Luncheon, Opera Carolina’s Gala Benefit Concert, Queen City Bike Fest, Stiletto Sprint, HER HRC Yoga, Charlotte United Nations International Day of Peace

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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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:


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


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


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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