Archive | April, 2015

Change the Date!

23 Apr

The NCPA Meet & Mingle has been moved from May 13 to May 14.

NCPA – District II – Meet-n-Mingle May 14


Save the Date! NCPA Meet & Mingle – May 13

22 Apr

NCPA logoThe North Carolina Paralegal Association is hosting a “Meet and Mingle” on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Midtown Grille in North Hills (4421-115 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh).

They will be accepting donations for Military Missions in Action. You can check out the list of needed items at

Please RSVP to no later than 5 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2015.

This is an outstanding opportunity to network! And remember, NCPA student membership is free. Applications can be found here.

See you there!


17 Apr

high fiveThe semester is winding down quickly! Remember to take a deep breath and look at how much you’ve accomplished this semester!

As Michael Jordan said, “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

And with another semester drawing to a close, you’ve made it happen! You are one step closer to your goals.

And after that celebration–get back to the books!

Special Counsel Releases “The Guide to U.S. Legal Sector Hubs”

16 Apr

Special Counsel, a staffing firm specializing in attorneys, paralegals, and other support staff, has released an infographic showing where the growth opportunities are in the United States. They attribute their findings to information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and their own internal hiring data. Of particular interest is the potential for paralegals entering the E-discovery field.

Spring Fling Food Drive Starts Tomorrow!

14 Apr

Tomorrow is our 3rd Annual Spring Fling Food Drive! Sponsored by the Durham Tech Student Senate, it encourages clubs to participate in a friendly competition to see which group can collect the most food for our on-campus food pantry.
When you go home tonight, take a look through your cabinets to see if you have something to share, or pick up something on the way home from work. Right now the pantry is especially low on soups, canned meats, pasta, breakfast, and snack items, but any non-perishable foods are welcome. UPDATE: Due to a 50% chance of rain and scattered showers in the forecast, the Senate has decided to move all Spring Fling activities inside to the Wynn Center. Spring Fling begins at noon and ends at 4 p.m. on April 15th.

National High School Mock Trial Championship – Volunteers Needed

2 Apr

From the NCBA Paralegal Division:

Do you want a chance to encourage motivated young people to achieve more than they dreamed possible? Would you like to invest in the future leaders of our nation? Well, you can — and you’ll have a chance to network and have lots of fun in the process!

On May 15 – 16, more than 400 students from 40+ states, several US territories, and even South Korea will gather in downtown Raleigh to compete for the National High School Mock Trial Championship. These students — state and national champions — have been working for months to prepare, and we need your help to make it happen!

Beginning Wednesday, May 13, we need 200+ site volunteers to ensure the competition runs smoothly. Volunteers will staff information desks, serve as liaisons during competition rounds, monitor attendance at evening events, assist with set-up and clean-up, and welcome student competitors, parents, and judges. Intrigued? Visit to learn more!

Opportunities are available for a few hours or the entire day, and everyone is welcome—no previous experience with mock trial is necessary. We’ll also give you a cool t-shirt!

To register, go to and sign up as a site volunteer (choose “Other Volunteer Sign Up Form” to register). Feel free to email me with any questions — and thanks in advance for your support!

Susan H. Johnson, MPH
Program Coordinator

Carolina Center for Civic Education

T: 919-360-0848 | F: 919-967-4953
P.O. Box 9626
Chapel Hill, NC 27515

Survivor of 29 Years in Solitary Confinement for False Conviction to Speak at UNC Law April 10

1 Apr

Survivor of 29 Years in Solitary Confinement to Speak Alongside Reform Advocates at UNC Law April 10

Robert King of ‘Angola Three’ Spent 29 Years in Solitary Confinement for a False Conviction; Event Comes After UNC Law Report Concluded that Solitary Confinement is Form of Torture

Photo credit: "NLN Robert Hillary King" by Thomas Good - Next Left Notes

“NLN Robert Hillary King” by Thomas Good – Next Left Notes

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Robert King, who spent 29 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana State Penitentiary for a false conviction, will discuss his journey and the experience of being in solitary confinement alongside policy advocates working on the front lines of prison reform at the University of North Carolina School of Law on Friday, April 10.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature a conversation with King and Rev. Nancy Petty of Pullen Baptist Memorial Church in Raleigh, followed by a panel discussion about the use of solitary confinement in North Carolina and across the country, its physical and psychological impact on inmates, its relationship to American and international human rights laws, and the growing movement to reform and eventually end the use of solitary confinement in the United States.

A report released in November 2014 by the Human Rights Policy Seminar at the University of North Carolina School of Law concluded that solitary confinement is a cruel, inhuman and degrading form of punishment that amounts to torture and must no longer be used in the United States.

• Robert King, one of the “Angola Three,” who spent 29 years in solitary confinement for a false conviction
• Deborah Weissman, Reef Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law, UNC School of Law, who served as faculty adviser for the 2014 report “Solitary Confinement as Torture”
• Chris Brook, Legal Director, ACLU of North Carolina
• Christina Cowger, Facilitator, NC Stop Torture Now
• Elizabeth Simpson, Staff Attorney, North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services
• Mark Bowers, Attorney, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont
• Moira Artigues, Forensic Psychologist

When: Friday, April 10, 2015 – 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: University of North Carolina School of Law, Room 4085, 160 Ridge Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Read the UNC report online. (pdf)

Sponsored by North Carolina Advocates for Justice, UNC School of Law, NC Stop Torture Now, and the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina Legal Foundation.