With the strong legal foundation that Tiffany Gray, L’12, developed through classes, networking and extracurriculars at Elon Law, she is able to tackle even the most daunting challenges that her current job as judicial clerk for the City of Richmond Circuit Court in Richmond, Va.
“Every class that I took in law school helped to prepare me for this job. We hear cases touching on every area of the Code of Virginia. In any given day, I could hear a rape trial, prepare a memo on equitable distribution or hear a motion for an emergency temporary injunction, so every law school class I took has been helpful.”
While in law school. Gray worked in Elon Law’s Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, served as president of the Black Law Students Association and worked as tutor at a local elementary schools. She also worked with Williams Mullen, which merged into Gavin Law Offices, PLC, during summer and winter breaks and also with Strother Law Offices, PLC, all in Richmond, Va.
Gray served as the Parliamentary Chair of Elon’s Community Council and served as final round judge of the National Association of African-American Honors Programs Debate Competition. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va. and studied at the University of Montpellier in Montpellier, France during a summer abroad while in law school.
“Being involved in various organizations at the law school, while juggling classes and my personal life really helped to prepare me for what I do,” Gray said. “It is nothing for me to spend twelve hours in the court house on any given day and still have to attend all the other aspects of my life. While in law school, being (the Black Law Student Association) president and participating in other student organizations, while attending classes and being three hours away from my family taught me to prioritize and to be incredibly organized. I certainly utilize these skills now.”
Gray advises students to network and not to shy away from internships in areas that don’t seem immediately interesting. She says that it is just as important to understand the areas of law that you’re not interested in as it is to understand the areas of law that your are interested in. She also had specific advice for students interested in clerkships.
“If you are considering a clerkship, really research various jurisdictions and the judges. A state clerkship is going to be different than a federal one, and clerking in a trial court is different than clerking at the appellate level. Also, get an idea of the hiring process and do some research on the people who have clerked in the past to understand what the judges are looking for in a law clerk,” Gray said. “I would also encourage anyone interested in clerking to pay close attention to deadlines because they come up very early in fall and in some cases are in late summer.”