A Message from the Dean

COMMITTED TO EXCELLENCE

Dean Rob WilcoxLeading the way: Three words that describe our law school, exemplified through our alumni who have taken the reins of major national professional organizations, students and alumni who have persevered to achieve goals others might have considered to be out of reach, and of course, our faculty, whose scholarship and teaching are recognized nationally for their excellence. 

In fact, much of this issue is devoted to the great work of our professors whose ideas and research tackle some of the leading problems we face today.

There is little doubt that law enforcement is under more scrutiny now than perhaps at any other time in recent history. Our cover story shows how Professor Seth Stoughton, a former policeman, uses police ride-alongs to help his criminal procedure students experience the pressures that officers face every day and how those pressures can affect their actions in the line of duty.

You’ll learn about Professor Wadie Said’s new book, Crimes of Terror, which was published in May and offers a fascinating look into how the U.S. government handles terrorism cases — and the implications for future federal criminal prosecutions.

Professor Aparna Polavarapu and one of her students spent a portion of the summer 
in Uganda. We share some findings from her latest research trip as she continues her exploration of women’s rights in Africa, the rule of law, and the justice gap between men
and women.

Sarah Leverette, an icon known to many of our alumni, faced many doors closed to women lawyers early in her career. We catch up with her, and we also learn about a 2015 grad and a current student who have both faced their own adversities to achieve their dreams.

These members of our School of Law family have led by example, as do our students who generously commit their time to provide pro bono assistance to the profession through our Carolina Clerks program. We are proud to tell you about all of them.

Before I close, I would be remiss if I didn’t also give you a progress report on our new building. Construction is moving swiftly, and in July we marked the completion of the structural phase with a topping-off ceremony. As of now, floors have been poured and offices and classrooms are being framed. The strings of temporary lights at night already lend a celebratory atmosphere to the project as we move toward our scheduled opening in 2017. I invite you to go to uofsclawbuilding.tumblr.com to follow our progress.

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Robert M. Wilcox
Dean