Pamela L. Carter
Pamela L. Carter L’12, an attorney with the law firm of Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, LLP in Wilmington, N.C., focuses her practice in the areas of civil litigation and community association law. She used the legal writing experience she gained at Elon Law to excel as a judicial clerk with the Honorable James L. Gale, Chief Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases in the North Carolina Business Court in Greensboro, N.C.
“All of the writing I did while at Elon has helped the most, including: legal writing class, upper level writing requirements and Moot Court,” Carter said. “Clerking at the Business Court is much different than a typical clerkship because I get to interact with attorneys much more. Generally, I prepare for hearings and help write opinions, but Business Court Clerks also handle the administrative aspects of the court, like setting hearings, emailing attorneys and answering attorney's questions regarding cases.”
Carter is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she earned a degree in political science. While in law school, Carter worked as an extern for the Alamance County District Attorney’s Office in Graham, a summer intern for Judge Gale in the North Carolina Business Court, a summer associate with Shipman & Wright, LLP and with Greg Jones & Associates in Wilmington. Carter also worked as research assistant for Elon Law Professor Eric Fink and earned a spot on the Dean’s List each semester. She was the recipient of the Research Triangle Area Corporate Counsel Scholarship and won the Best Brief and the Top Five Oralist Awards at the Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition at Regent University School of Law.
“The most helpful extracurricular experience was being a part of the Moot Court Board because I was able to help fine tune my writing skills,” Carter said. “But, generally being involved in different organizations while trying to manage my classes helped me fine tune my organizational skills. You are never sure what issue may arise on any given day at the court, and being able to manage the schedule without becoming overwhelmed is important.”
Carter advises students to set priorities while and in law school.
“To make the most of your education I think you have to be willing to put a lot of fun things aside during the school year and concentrate on school,” she said. “It's not always easy to stay focused, but if you do, you will see the payoff.”