Kelly Robinson, L’09, made the most of her time in law school by making connections with practicing attorneys and taking advantage of opportunities to network within the legal community. As the mother of a toddler, Robinson had to prioritize and balance her extracurricular and personal obligations.
“The legal education I received at Elon included significant involvement with the practicing legal community,” Robinson said. “Through this involvement, I was able to speak and interact with attorneys in different fields and areas of practice to help me narrow my legal interests. These interactions also gave me the opportunity to explore alternatives and have valuable hands-on experience in the legal field prior to graduation.”
Robinson now works as an Associate Attorney at MacCord Mason, PLLC, an intellectual property firm with offices in Greensboro and Wilmington.
“My firm, MacCord Mason PLLC, focuses exclusively on various aspects of intellectual property practice,” she said. “We assist business clients in developing and implementing competitive strategies that include the acquisition and enforcement of commercially valuable patents, trademarks and copyrights and also help them avoid infringement of the intellectual property rights of others.”
Robinson is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she earned a degree in biology. She earned a masters degree in science education at Wake Forrest University and a masters degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied molecular genetics, microbiology and virology. She has served as a preceptor at Elon Law and volunteers as a manager with the Greensboro United Soccer Association.
Robinson advises students to look for opportunities beyond the walls of the law school and venture out into the community.
“My advice is to take advantage of the many ‘outside of class/ opportunities offered at Elon Law, particularly early in your law school career,” she said. “These are networking opportunities, as well as chances to learn about the practice of law. I clerked for a judge that I met at one of the receptions for the legal community hosted at the law school, I received a job referral from one of my preceptors and I ended up working with attorneys that I met while in law school.”