A Lost Summer for Law Students? Not For Aspiring Appellate Lawyers in NC and the OC

July 14, 2020

By: Ross Todd

“Across the country in California, the North Carolina program caught the attention of Haynes and Boone appellate co-chair Mary-Christine “M.C.” Sungaila, a member of the Orange County Bar Association Board of Directors and a member of its COVID-19 task force, which has been organizing two free webinars per week for members since mid-March.

‘When I saw this, I thought, ‘We haven’t done something for law students and our law student members,’’ Sungaila said. Sungaila helped pull together a team of faculty including legal writing expert Ross Guberman, Loyola Law School Professor Paula Mitchell who directs the school’s Ninth Circuit appellate clinic, former Court of Appeal Justice and founder of the Grignon Law Firm Margaret Grignon, Orange County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Knill to teach a free four-part summer academy on appellate law via webinar for the bar association’s law student members. The academy, set to begin on Friday, July 17, is set to cover topics such as brief writing, oral argument, and jobs in appellate law.

‘I’m interested in getting the next generation of lawyers who might be interested in appellate exposure to it,’ Sungaila said. She said she’s also hoping to give students and new lawyers something of use in a moment when things such as job prospects and even their ability to take the bar exam are in flux.”

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