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Attribution: It’s Not Just for Law School OR How Not to Celebrate Your Law School Graduation

Preston Mitchum, a student at N.C. Central University’s law school, was president of the student bar association, published two law reviews, and was asked to speak at his commencement ceremony. His future, even in this dreary economy looked bright, that is until he plagiarized a humorous speech that he discovered on YouTube.  Now he is now looking at the possibility of disciplinary charges.

Anthony Corvino, the student at Binghamton University who originally delivered the speech, confirmed that Mitchum had contacted Corvino via Facebook and asked permission to use a revised version of the speech. Although Corvino assented, Mitchum failed to credit Corvino when delivering the speech.

Mitchum is contrite and has apologized, but NCCU’s law dean, Raymond Pierce, who described himself as “disgusted” by Mitchum’s actions, has announced that a disciplinary committee would be considering possible sanctions.  While the dean admits that, since Mitchum has graduated there are limits on what the law school can do,  Pierce did point out that the matter may well be passed on to the North Carolina Board of Examiners.

View a local ABC report on the matter.

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