Student Bar Association (SBA) Newsletter

Student Bar Association Newsletter: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

SBA Elections

Congratulations to the SBA Board of Governors-elect. These students will take office in mid-April as part of the normal transition.

  • President: Nick Miller
  • Vice President: Dac Cannon
  • Treasurer: Jennings Carpenter
  • Secretary: Kat Slager
  • 3L President: Jeremy Collins
  • 3L Representatives: Charlie Hiser & Judson Williamson
  • 2L President: JM Durnovich
  • 2L Representatives: Andrew Gibbs and Stephanie Mellini

Nominate your peers for law school awards

Davis Society Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society. Jim Davis, a 1973 School of Law graduate of superb ability and character, died of cancer in 1980. His wife, Carolyn, an outstanding person in her own right, died of cancer in 1982. To perpetuate the memory of these two individuals, who possessed qualities of integrity, responsibility, leadership, and dedication, their friends and families have established the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society in their names. The Society allows for recognition of up to eight third year law students who have made significant contributions to the UNC School of Law.

The James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society is intended to recognize third year students possessing both academic and personal excellence and a willingness to serve for the betterment of the School of Law and its faculty and students. Inductees will be recognized at Commencement and receive a framed certificate in honor of their selection. They will also be honored at a reception during Commencement weekend. A Davis Society plaque with each recipient's name is also displayed in the School's lobby.

To be considered for the James E. and Carolyn B. Davis Society, a third year student must be nominated, in writing, by another law student (any year), or faculty or staff member . Those making nominations should consider the qualities of leadership ability, extracurricular activities, character, and academic achievement. There is no official nomination form, but please include why you believe your nominee deserves to be included in the Davis Society. Nominees may later submit additional information about their extracurricular activities, honors, and academic achievement. You may drop off nominations to Hannah Camenzind’s office (Room 4003), or email her at (

The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 30 at 5:00 P.M.

Crisp Award for Student Leadership

Purpose: The Winston Crisp Award was initiated by the Student Bar Association during the 2005-2006 school year to recognize excellence in student leadership. Dean Crisp served the law school as Associate Dean of Student Services for 13 years. Dean Crisp demonstrated extraordinary leadership ability throughout his time at UNC Law, both as a student and as an administrator. The Crisp Award seeks to recognize students who exemplify the same outstanding leadership.

Eligibility: Students in all classes are eligible to be nominated for the Crisp Award. Nominated students need not hold an executive board position within their affiliated organizations. Members of the SBA Executive Board are not eligible for nomination.

Selection Process: Nominations should include a description of the nominee's leadership abilities. Examples of excellent leadership include outstanding coordination of student projects, effective decision making skills and exceptional willingness to assist fellow members of the law school community. Nominations will be judged by a panel consisting of the SBA President, the 1L Class President, the 2L Class President, the 3L Class President, John Kasprzak, and a selected member of the law school faculty.

Deadline: All nominations for the Crisp Award must be submitted by Friday, April 6 at 5 p.m. These may be submitted by email ( or by leaving a print copy in Crystal Boni's mail file (3L).

Questions: Please contact Crystal Boni (

Apply to be the law school Attorney General

Apply to be the 2011-2012 Law School Attorney General and Assistant Attorneys General

Responsibilities of Officers

It shall be the responsibility of the Attorney General and the two Assistant Attorneys General to present cases to the Honor Court and to work with the Court Chair to inform the student body of their rights and responsibilities under the Honor System.

The Law School Attorney General, in conjunction with the Law School Assistant Attorneys General, shall select a staff whose responsibility shall be to investigate, provide defense counsel for, and prosecute in student courts all alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct. The responsibilities of the Law School Attorney General are further delineated at IV.A.1 of the Instrument.

Application Materials

  • A cover letter expressing your interest in the position of Law School Attorney General and/or Law School Assistant Attorney General.
  • A copy of your current resume. Please do not include GPA or class rank information.  However, please be aware that at the time of appointment, the appointee must have completed a minimum of one resident semester, and have an over-all scholastic average of 2.90.

Please send application materials to Deadline for applications is Friday, April 6 at 5 p.m. Interviews will most likely take place on April 9-11.


Durham Bulls Outing

On May 4, 2012 the Durham Bulls are offering UNC School of Law students/faculty/and families tickets to a game with a special deal for only $13/person.

Date/Time: Friday, May 4 at 7:05 p.m.
Opponent: Louisville Bats
Special Deal: Ticket, $5 Bulls Bucks
Plus: Fireworks after the Game!

Ticket includes admission to the May 4, 2012 Durham Bulls game vs. the Louisville Bats and $5 of Bulls Bucks

To purchase tickets, you can register with Wool-E-Bull between 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17 at UNC School of Law or contact Crystal Boni at

Habitat for Humanity Build

The Young Lawyers' Division (YLD) of the North Carolina Bar Association has planned an upcoming service project for the spring semester in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity.

As many of you who have helped on a Habitat project before know, working with others on a home-build is a rewarding experience. You will be working with students from other law schools as well as young professionals in the Triangle area. Needless to say, this is a great chance to network with others in the local legal community as well as give back to the community.

The information for the build is as follows:

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time Slots: AM Shift: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; PM Shift: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Site Location: TBD, Durham (this information will be available on 3/20 and emailed to volunteers)

The build is limited to 20 slots per shift (40 total) between the 4 area law schools, and the NCBA YLD will fill them on a first-come, first-served basis. Habitat for Humanity will provide all necessary supplies.

If you are interested in volunteering, please reply to Orla Buckley at and copy Matthew Meany at Please RSVP ASAP so that we can give the Habitat coordinators notice per their request. More detailed information on build location, where to meet, etc will be sent directly to those who contact us as that information becomes available next week. We can also arrange a carpool from the law school.

UNC Immigration/Human Rights Clinic Wage Theft Study

The Immigration/Human Rights Policy Clinic at the UNC School of Law together with the North Carolina Justice Center, an advocacy, research, and community building non-profit, is conducting an in-depth qualitative study on wage theft in the Triangle this Spring. As part of a larger effort to combat the growing problem of wage theft - the illegal underpayment or non-payment of workers' wages - this small-scale research study will focus on the impact of wage theft on workers and communities.

Did you recently work at a job that failed to pay you minimum wage or overtime? Were you otherwise not paid for your work? Would you like to share your story to help with a legal advocacy project?

We are currently scheduling interviews to talk about working conditions and the impacts of wage theft. All interviews are in-person and last about an hour. All questions are voluntary and information is strictly confidential.

For diversity in the study, we are looking for the following:

  • Had a wage theft issue in the last 12 months
  • That occurred in one of the following industries:
    • Caregiving (either formal or informal, such as child care)
    • Restaurant
    • Retail
  • 18 or older and a U.S. citizen

Exam Rescheduling Reminder

The exam rescheduling policy and exam rescheduling form for Spring 2012 are available on My Carolina Law under the Academics Tab.

Please note that exams may only be rescheduled to make-up periods that occur after the regularly scheduled exam date. Hard-copy forms are available in the rack near the Registrar's office.

Exam rescheduling requests are due by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5. Late requests will not be accepted. If you have any questions about the rescheduling form or the application of the policy, please feel free to contact anyone in the Student Services Office. 

Lexis Advance

The UNC Law Library has recently gained access to Lexis Advance from LexisNexis for the Law School community. This new online research system is also being included in law firm subscriptions to the traditional LexisNexis, so we expect students may want to register for access to learn more about this product while in law school.

All UNC law students with current LexisNexis IDs should have received an email message from "Lexis Advance Welcome Kit" containing your Lexis Advance ID and temporary password. You can use that temporary password to log in at and create a custom password. If you use the same IDs for and Lexis Advance, you can log in with your LexisNexis Law School ID and choose to research with either or Lexis Advance.

Students who register their Lexis Advance IDs will have full access to Lexis Advance all summer for educational purposes. Examples of educational use include:

  • Summer course preparation and assignments
  • Research associated with Moot Court, Law Review, or Law Journal
  • Research associated with pursuing a grant or scholarship
  • Services as a research assistant to a professor, whether paid or unpaid
  • An internship, externship, or clinic position for school credit or graduation requirement
  • Study for the bar exam
  • Research skill improvement for educational purposes

Student IDs will be restricted to a limited menu of Career resources from June 1 to August 1. If you need access to specific content available only on (i.e. international materials), please contact Reference Librarian Tim Gallina (

If you have questions, or misplaced the earlier email, please contact our LexisNexis Representative, Shanda Lewis, at, one of the Lexis Student reps, or Reference Librarian Tim Gallina.

3L Announcements

Class Gift Tabling

Members of the Class Gift Committee and the 3L Class Officers have began tabling for contributions to the "Loan Repayment Assistance Program Fund". You can find the class gift table in the rotunda every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.. Tabling began Monday, March 26 and will continue through Thursday, April 12.


The Commencement ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12.

Need a Job? (FREE boxed lunch if you RSVP!):

On Wednesday, April 4 at noon in Room 4085, there will be a panel presentation and discussion, "How I Found My Job After Graduation." We have a terrific panel of recent grads who will share stories, insights, and advice on the post-graduation job hunt. The CSO will also be providing information and handouts on looking for that first legal job after the J.D.

If you are still seeking work, you are not alone -- come and get ideas, inspiration, and support. Box lunches will be provided! Please RSVP to Lindsay Knell at if you will be attending and let her know whether you want ham, turkey, or vegetarian. (You can come without an RSVP, but if you don't RSVP, we can't guarantee a lunch.)

Panelists scheduled to appear include:

  • Maggie Davis '11: Steffan & Associates, P.C., Hillsborough, NC
  • Nigel Edwards '11: Law Offices of Omar Baloch, PLLC, Raleigh, NC
  • Sam Hamadani '11: Wake County Public Defender's Office, Raleigh, NC
  • Regina Hinson '11: Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Office, Charlotte, NC
  • John Kivus '11: Wood Jackson PLLC, Raleigh, NC
  • Angie Spong '11: Public Impact, Chapel Hill, NC

Lunch is generously sponsored by Special Counsel, the nation's largest legal staffing firm, with offices in Raleigh and Charlotte.

1L Announcements

UNC School of Law Padfolios for Sale

The Student Bar Association is selling padfolios embossed with the UNC School of Law logo as a fundraiser for the law school's end of the year party. The padfolios are available for sale at the CSO front desk and in the rotunda during lunch at a cost of $10 to 1Ls and $15 to 2Ls and 3Ls (cash or checks made out to "UNC SBA" accepted).

T-Lot Shuttle

As a reminder, the T-Lot shuttle is running on demand Monday - Thursday from 5 - 9 p.m. The shuttle driver is stationed either in the Rotunda or in the van located by the flag pole in the parking lot. Rain or shine, we encourage you to take advantage of this great service!

Upcoming Meetings:

  • March 28 at Noon.

Have questions/ideas/suggestions? Contact SBA at

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