Investing in our students is essential for the future of Carolina Law. To maintain our distinguished reputation, Carolina Law must train students to become more than great lawyers, but also invested citizens, true leaders and the glue that holds the community together.
The Leadership for Lawyers course empowers students to succeed in professional and personal leadership roles. Students practice important legal skills, delving into strategic planning, conflict resolution and people management.
Among our leadership success stories is the mayor of Sonoma, California, Rachel Hundley ’08. During her time at Carolina Law, Rachel was an industrious student – serving as articles editor for the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation and as a clerk for the Honorable W. Earl Britt of the U.S. District Court. After graduation, her degree and impressive background secured her a position as an associate at the New York office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP where she focused on complex commercial law disputes.
However, in 2012 the west coast beckoned, particularly the small picturesque town of Sonoma. After feeling called to connect with the community in a meaningful way, Rachel ran for City Council and won. Relying on the background of political activism she cultivated while at Carolina Law, she embraced the people and listened to their concerns. Her experience as a lawyer instilled confidence in Sonoma residents and prepared her to be resourceful and effective in approaching issues. Two years later, she was elected as Mayor of the City of Sonoma. Rachel continues to inspire as mayor while serving on a number of regional committees and encouraging other women to get involved in politics — a true leader and a voice for the people.