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Alumnus Feature: Danny Merlin '06

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Daniel Merlin; 2006

Place of Employment:

Johnston, Allison & Hord, P.A., Charlotte, NC

Area of Practice:

Commercial real estate; financial services; corporate

Favorite class/professor in law school:

My favorite professor was Ken Broun (Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Advanced Topics in Torts). He made every topic he taught interesting and practical. He did an excellent job relating each point of law to real events, which kept us engaged and participating.


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Posted by Kelly E. Anderson on Sun. March 30, 2014 1:55 PM
Categories: Alumni Features

Expunction Clinic Reflection

The Wilmington, North Carolina Expungement Clinic has provided me with an invaluable opportunity for growth in my legal career. The day-to-day experience of law school can be removed from the real legal struggles that everyday North Carolinians face.


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No Comments | Posted by Chelsea M. Weiermiller on Fri. March 14, 2014 10:22 AM
Categories: Spring Break 2014 (Eastern, Expunction)

Reflections

On Wednesday morning, we completed the necessary paperwork on behalf of the eligible clients and filed the expunction petitions with the courts. After the last petition was filed, our group gathered in a circle to reflect on the events of the past few days. We discussed the difference we felt we had made in the clients’ lives, as well as the difference they had made in ours.


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No Comments | Posted by Frederick E. Benz (Evan) on Fri. March 14, 2014 10:18 AM
Categories: Spring Break 2014 (Eastern, Expunction)

Final Thoughts

After meeting with clients and reviewing criminal records to determine eligibility on the first two days of the Spring Break Expunction Clinic, UNC law students spent their last day in Wilmington filing petitions for expunction. This involved meeting with clients to attach affidavits if needed, double-checking criminal records for eligibility, and accurately filling out the proper forms so that the records of clients who are eligible can be expunged.


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No Comments | Posted by Chanda D. Marlowe on Thu. March 13, 2014 12:16 PM
Categories: Spring Break 2014 (Eastern, Expunction)

It Takes a Village...

On Tuesday, March 12, our pro bono group spent all day meeting with clients at the New Hanover County Public Library in downtown Wilmington. The day was a huge success. As a result of all the hard work of the pro bono students and the fantastic attorneys who volunteered to help with the clinic, we were able to assist more clients with their unmet legal needs than in any previous Expunction Clinic.


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No Comments | Posted by Justice D. Warren on Wed. March 12, 2014 8:44 AM
Categories: Spring Break 2014 (Eastern, Expunction)

Day 2: Intense Session

Day 2: A description of our second day, which involved four client sessions per team.


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No Comments | Posted by Agustina Bacce (Tina) on Tue. March 11, 2014 10:00 PM
Categories: Spring Break 2014 (Western, Wills)

An Evening with LINC

After an afternoon facilitating an expunction clinic at the New Hanover library, the pro bono group spent the rest of the day at the local community organization Leading Into New Communities, LINC. As an organization that provides transitional housing and case management services for formerly incarcerated individuals, LINC is making a huge impact in New Hanover County.


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No Comments | Posted by Kandace L. Watkins on Mon. March 10, 2014 10:36 PM
Categories: Spring Break 2014 (Eastern, Expunction)

Western Wills Trip 2014: Day 1

Day 1: A description of the first day of the Western Wills Trip 2014.


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No Comments | Posted by Agustina Bacce (Tina) on Mon. March 10, 2014 10:00 PM
Categories: Spring Break 2014 (Western, Wills)

Alumnus Feature: Richard M. Wiggins '58

Richard M. Wiggins

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law: Richard M. Wiggins, Class of 1958

Place of Employment: McCoy, Wiggins, Cleveland, and O’Connor, PLLC

Area of Practice: Litigation

Favorite class/professor in law school: My favorite professor was Albert Coates, who taught criminal law. He was a funny guy.

Pro Bono Experience in Law School: We did not really have clinics or a pro bono program when I was in law school.

What inspired or prompted you to start doing pro bono work? When I left law school there was no real help for disadvantaged people in civil matters in Cumberland County, and probably not in the state. I got involved with a pro bono project of the county bar association and became its first chairman. We hired a legal secretary and formed a list of lawyers in Cumberland County who were willing to take on cases on a rotating basis. I chaired that project for four or five years. Later it was taken over by Legal Aid.


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Posted by Kelly E. Anderson on Fri. February 28, 2014 9:31 AM
Categories: Alumni Features

Alumnus Feature: Kyle Fiet '07

Kyle Fiet

Name and Year of Graduation from UNC Law:

Kyle Fiet, Class of 2007

Place of Employment:

Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, DC

Area of Practice:

Government Contracts and Litigation

Favorite class/professor in law school:

Tough question. Probably Civil Procedure with Professor Broun or Contracts with Professor Jacoby.

Pro Bono Experience in Law School:

Unfortunately, not much.


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Posted by Kelly E. Anderson on Fri. January 31, 2014 11:03 AM
Categories: Alumni Features
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