Journal of Leadership and the Law

Student Notes - 2012

Caroline JohnsonLeadership in Action: A Summer at UNIDROIT

Caroline Johnson '14

Caroline Johnson graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009 with a double major in History and Peace, War, and Defense. At UNC, she authored an honors thesis entitled The Just War Theory in the Fourteenth Century: Political, Religious, and Moral Considerations. In 2011, she earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, specializing in homeland security, from Saint Joseph’s University. Johnson has served as a research assistant with The Police Foundation in London, England, conducting comparative research in the fields of prisoner detainment and juvenile delinquency.  She has also worked for the government in Washington, D.C. As a law student, Johnson is a member of the Elon Law Review, a Leadership Fellow, and a research assistant for Professor Steve Freidland. In the summer of 2012, Johnson interned in Rome, Italy with the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT). 

In "Leadership in Action: A Summer at UNIDROIT," Johnson sets forth some leadership qualities which she finds critical for success as an international lawyer. These traits include: the drive to leave home and pursue advantageous experiences not offered domestically; the increasing need to be multilingual and possess graduate degrees; and the use of one's own experiences to connect with others. Ultimately, as globalization continues to connect cultures across the world, leadership qualities such as these will set future lawyers apart from their international counterparts. 

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Andrew RealonMaking a Case for Legal Cross-Training: How Increased Interdisciplinary Work in the Legal Profession Will Benefit the Profession

Andrew D. Realon '14

In 2011, Andrew Realon graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations, magna cum laude, from High Point University. He has worked as an intern at the City of Greensboro City Attorney's Office, the Communications Office of the North Carolina Department of the State Treasurer, and the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office.

In this article, Realon discusses the increasing value of advancing interdisciplinary training in legal education and the profession. Using the overarching metaphor of cross-training, Realon compares the careers of Charles Meeker, partner at Parker Poe in Raleigh, North Carolina and John Flynn, distinguished practitioner-in-residence at Elon Law and continues to practice at Carruthers & Roth. From his discussions with Mr. Meeker and Mr. Flynn, Realon concludes that there is great value in interdisciplinary training because it poses an opportunity for growth in the legal profession.

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