North Carolina Central University School of Law hosted the World Justice Project Rule of Law Conference on February 10, 2012. Attendees at the Conference included a number of exciting individuals from collegiate institutions around the state. The colleges included, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, Western Carolina University, and the University of North Carolina, to name a few.
Raymond C. Pierce, Dean of NCCU School of Law and James Silkenat, World Justice Project Representative, delivered the welcome address. Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean of the University of California-Irvine Law School and Constitutional Law Scholar, delivered a riveting keynote address concerning the importance of the rule of law in a democratic society.
Following the keynote address, North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Mark Martin, served as moderator for the multidisciplinary panel discussion on the topic of how important the rule of law is in regards to the respective fields of study. State Superintendent of Education June Atkinson, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety Rueben Young, Dr. Randall Williams, and Durham Herald Editor Nancy Wykle participated in the panel discussion. The interactive presentation resulted in an exciting discussion regarding the rule of law.
During the luncheon, United States Attorney Kimberly Moore, who serves as an attorney with the Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training in the United States Department of Justice, addressed the student body with tales of her overseas experience and encounter with the rule of law.
The latter portion of the Conference consisted of effective breakout sessions facilitated by various members of the legal community. Students expressed appreciation for the breakout sessions and the discussions related to their particular discipline of study. The session resulted in a variety of unique solutions for contemplation to amend worldwide issues concerning the rule of law.
We would like to thank all participants, attendees, and staff who worked tirelessly to make this event a success!