On February 9, 2013, the Fourth Circuit of the American Bar Association Law Student Division held its annual spring meeting at Elon University in Greensboro, NC. The Appalachian School of Law had the strongest showing at the meeting. The meeting had numerous panels including the "Use of Social Media as a Prosecution Weapon" and "Affordable Healthcare." Alisa D. Huffman, MSW, JD, gave an extremely important talk and engaged students in an interactive discussion about increasing student awareness of the health issues resulting from the overwhelming stresses and demands associated with attaining a law degree.
The Fourth Circuit provided an invaluable experience, "Lunch with Experience." The Circuit allowed student attendees to network with six attorneys from different background over a catered lunch. The lunch was followed with a Keynote Address from Justice James G. Exum, Junior. Justice Exum gave a riveting speech about the definition of a leader in the legal profession and community, drawing attention to Greensboro's roots in the Civil Rights movement.
Nick Guinn, ABA Law Student Division Vice Chair, delivered the State of the Division and updated the Fourth Circuit regarding the recent reorganization of circuits within the Law Student Division. David Lambert, Elon University School of Law, was elected Governor of the Fourth Circuit. Charlotte School of Law was awarded with Bronze Keys of Membership for having the highest ABA membership within the circuit. However, Katherine Kennedy, ASL ABA Representative and Lieutenant Governor of Diversity and Wellness for the Fourth Circuit Law Student division, was honored with the Silver Key. The Silver Key is awarded for affording students a greater opportunity to become involved with and participate fully in the mission and activities of the Association, for strengthening law student participation in programs and awards of the Division, and for encouraging the educational and professional development of law students. This was the highest award of the meeting and it is awarded within the Governor's discretion. Lieutenant Governor David Lambert also won this award for his work on the Fourth Circuit executive board. Governor Brendan Manning did a wonderful job putting together this meeting and delivering his closing remarks. This past year was a very successful year for the Fourth Circuit, as our circuit took home numerous awards at the Annual Conference in Chicago this past August.
Those who attended the conference from Appalachian School of Law: Sherra Kissee, Candice DuVernois, Jennie Scrivner, Katherine Kennedy, Casey Kane, Ryan Stratton, Ryan McLaughlin, Kaitlin Justus, Travis Owen, and Zachary Smith.