A solid academic background gave Joshua Neighbors, L’12, the training and qualifications for his current position as a judicial clerk for the Honorable John R. Jolly Jr., the Chief Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases, in the North Carolina Business Court in Raleigh.
"The bulk of my time is spent reading motions and supporting briefs, researching relevant law and assisting the Judge in the drafting of orders and opinions,” Neighbors said. “In addition, Business Court clerks serve in an administrative role. Because we are a smaller court, clerks help with keeping track of filings, the scheduling of the docket and interacting with attorneys to answer questions they may have about the Court's rules.”
Neighbors graduated summa cum laude from Elon Law at the top of his class. He was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Articles Editor of the Elon Law Review. He earned a spot on the Dean’s List every semester and was awarded the Marshall-Thompson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Constitutional Law Studies.
Prior to law school, Neighbors worked as the Southeastern Sales Manager for Interstate Packaging in White Bluff, Tenn. and as an Account Executive for McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations in Nashville, where he coordinated communications strategies for clients, which included the United States Department of Labor, the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, the United Nations AIDS Foundation and others.
Neighbors is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a degree in English and in Communications.
While in law school, Neighbors worked as a summer clerk for Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP in Raleigh and the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office in High Point.
“Elon gave me lots of opportunities to practice legal writing; in first-year and upper-level required courses, law review and Moot Court. Legal writing takes a lot of practice because it is almost a foreign language in some respects,” Neighbors said. “That practice is important because having a comfort level with the more technical and structural requirements of legal writing frees you up to actually make a good legal argument.”
Neighbors advises students to stay positive throughout their time in law school and as they search for a job in their field of interest.