Nicole Patterson L'10 is a Labor and Employee Relations Speciality at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C. A passion for community involvement led Patterson to success in obtaining a Presidential Management Fellowship after graduation. This two year fellowship served as a continuation of the engaged learning and leadership training Patterson says she received at Elon Law.
“Elon’s focus on lawyers being leaders prepared me well for my fellowship,” Patterson said. “In fact, much of the training I received during these past two years I had already completed or been exposed to while enrolled at Elon. Additionally, Elon’s focus on engaged learning was instrumental in my transition to a legal career. As the federal government becomes more generationally diverse, the work methods, styles and techniques do also. Elon introduced me to a number of teaching and collaborative learning perspectives, which I have used in my career in order to be more effective and efficient.”
As a Presidential Management Fellow, Patterson was appointed to the Health Resources and Services Administration in Rockville, Md.
“My primary duty during my fellowship was serving as a staff liaison for a 28-member negotiated rule-making committee,” Patterson said. “I was responsible for ensuring the committee abided by all procedural laws and regulations. After my fellowship ends, I will start a new position as a Labor and Employee Relations Specialist - with the same agency - where I will manage cases involving labor and employment disputes, grievances and violations.”
Patterson has also worked as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the United State’s Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C. She is a graduate of Towson University, where she earned degrees in sociology and anthropology.
While in law school, Patterson worked as a volunteer legal intern for the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps in Ansbach, Germany and as an intern with the U.S. House of Representatives. She was a Gail Drew Scholar, a participant in the New York Bar’s National Moot Court Competition and winner of the Best Brief Award in the Charleston Moot Court Competition.
“I was involved in many student organizations and committees during my three years at Elon. What was important to me is something that Elon has always encouraged - community involvement,” Patterson said. “Not being from the Greensboro area, I made a point to become involved in and provide services to the community that housed my law school. I am fortunate now that my job serves many communities across the nation; however, I still make it a priority to volunteer in and give back to my local community.”
Patterson advises students to get involved in extracurricular activities and volunteer within the community.
“It is important to realize that the Elon Law education includes activities and events outside of the classroom,” Patterson said. “By getting involved, not only do you learn what you enjoy, but you also naturally meet more people.”