By: Philip A. Guzman, Esq., Director of Public Service Programs, Career Services
On Thursday, February 3, 2011, Attorney General Roy Cooper spoke to an overflow crowd of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) students, faculty and administrators at a luncheon in the Great Hall sponsored by the Career Services Office. The Attorney General’s visit was so well received by students that his remarks were also broadcast into the Moot Court Room to accommodate the large number of students who wished to participate in the event but had to be turned away from the Great Hall. A total of 108 students packed both rooms for the event.
Following an introduction by Linda Fowler Sims, Associate Dean for Student Services, the Attorney General delivered an address on Professionalism and the Law. He discussed his own career path to his current office and indicated that, while he viewed the Office of Attorney General as nonpartisan, it can often be entangled in such issues. He gave as an example the fact that the North Carolina Legislature had recently passed resolutions that would negate portions of the recently enacted Federal Health Care law and his office was currently researching the law for a proper response and position. Other topics in this lively discussion included interesting insights into the status of DNA testing and storage; consumer fraud schemes that prey on the elderly; and, general issues regarding both Health Care Reform nationally, and In North Carolina.
Our students were active participants with questions and comments in the luncheon that were well all received by the Attorney General.
Moreover, Attorney General Cooper went out of his way to compliment NCCU School of Law and introduced former student, the Hon. Vincent Rozier, and current student, Alvin Hudson, who had recently interned with the Attorney General’s Office. The Attorney General sounded a positive note on the attorney job market suggesting that there appeared to be an upturn in employment numbers.
Cooper urged NCCU Law students to continue to work hard and excel in all academic areas, to seek post-graduate experience , and to consider a career in the many varied areas of law practiced by the Office of the Attorney General of North Carolina.