Leadership Fellows Biographies
Class of 2012
A cum laude graduate of Temple University, Ashley worked full-time throughout her college career, served as a student adviser for Temple’s School of Communication and Theatre and received the Presidential Award for Achievement. She has volunteered for four years with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for pediatric cancer. During her time at Elon University School of Law, Ashley has participated in numerous clubs and activities, including holding the title of Honor Council Defender, serving as Treasurer of the Business Law Association and is an active member of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity. During her 1L and 2L year she interned for the Guilford County Public Defender's Office and participated actively as a legal assistant during a capital murder case that went to trial in January 2011. As a rising 3L, Ashley is a Healthcare Compliance Legal Intern for an in-house legal department for Compliance Implementation Services (CIS), a consulting firm specializing in compliance strategies for the pharmaceutical industry, and plans to continue working with company during her final year at Elon.
Collin earned his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied Romance Languages and English. He subsequently earned his MA degree in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a René Hardré Scholar and president of the Gamma Delta chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the national French honors society. During his graduate studies, Collin presented academic research at the Sixteenth Century Society & Conference in 2008 and the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies in 2007. Specializing in Renaissance and Medieval French literature, Collin became a member of the Sixteenth Century Society and Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. He spent two years living and teaching abroad in both Montpellier and Angers, France. He also taught Elementary and Intermediate French at both the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Elon University. Since becoming a law student, Collin has been an active member of the NC YLD, serving on the Meetings and Conventions Committee and the Law Student Activities Committee. He is currently serving as the Treasurer of Outlaw and has published articles on law and leadership in both the NC YLD's Law Student Division Bulletin and the ABA's Young Lawyer. During his first summer, Collin was a legislative intern for U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan in Washington, D.C., and a summer clerk for the city attorney for Hickory, NC and the county attorney for Catawba County. He is currently a summer clerk for the Honorable Linda Stephens of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
In 2009, Marina received the American Legion Award for demonstrating leadership and citizenship as an undergraduate. She also received the Department Major of the Year for leadership in the study of history and political science. She served as Student Government Association President at Columbia College and worked in the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, the Palmetto Center for Advocacy and the South Carolina State House, Office of Senator Joel Lourie. Since coming to law school, Marina has been in involved in the Public Interest Law Society and the Women's Law Association. During her summers in law school she worked at the Alamance and Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Offices.
Carrie Osborne Johnston
Carrie was one of six students in the Class of 2006 inducted into the Rhodes College Hall of Fame for influential contributions to academics and campus life. She was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society and Order of Omega honor society at Rhodes College. In 2006, she became a Corps Member with Teach For America, serving in the Baltimore City School System, and later served as an Operations Coordinator in the organization. At Elon Law, Carrie serves as Chair of the Honor Council and as Membership Editor of the Elon Law Review. During her first year, she also worked with Elon Law's Innocence Project. During her 1L summer, she interned with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. During her 2L summer, she worked with Legal Aid of North Carolina as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Intern in the Greensboro office.
Jeffrey graduated cum laude from Appalachian State University, receiving the ASU Chancellor’s Scholarship and earning recognition on the Dean’s List and Chancellor’s List. He served as a reporter for the Appalachian State student newspaper and is fluent in Spanish. Jeff, an Order of the Arrow Eagle scout, has volunteered with Cape Lookout Environmental Center and the Greensboro Children’s Museum. During the summer of 2011 Jeff has had an internship with the Public Defender using his third-year practice certificate to represent clients in court under the supervision of other attorneys in the office.
Richard was a member of the Alpha Zeta Delta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society for students and professors of history, while at University of North Carolina-Wilmington. As a member of the United States Marine Corps from 2001-05, Richard earned the Navy Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and Humanitarian Assistance Medal. He was responsible for the welfare, training and actions of Marines placed in his charge in combat operations. As a law student, Richard is the Book Review Editor for the Elon Law Review and has worked as a law clerk for Superior Court Judge James Hardin, Jr. and James B. Wilson and Associates.
Julie, a magna cum laude graduate in agricultural and extension education at North Carolina State University, served as president of Alpha Tau Alpha, the national honorary agricultural education organization. She also served as sentinel of the Agricultural and Extension Education Club and board member of the Housing Judicial Board. As a member of the student advisory team of Agriculture Future of America (AFA), Julie planned an AFA Leader Conference, conducted workshops, met with industry professionals and served as a student ambassador. She volunteered with Habitat for Humanity International in the Dominican Republic, and with Service N.C. State, assisting elementary school teachers with school preparation and participating in arts enhancement projects for schools. For the past two years, Julie has trained FFA high school students for national competitions in Agricultural Issues Forum and Food Science. She is also on the Board of Directors for Food Assistance, Inc. Greensboro, NC (participate in their Groceries on Wheels program as well). At Elon Law, Julie is the Lexis Nexis Representative. She is on the Friends and Family Day Committee, the Moot Court Board and Tribune of Delta Theta Phi.
Jim is the recipient of the Outstanding Service and Support of Clemson Alumni Association Award, the Department of Management Academic Excellence Award and a Tutor Recognition Award at Clemson University. He served as managing editor of The Talon student newspaper, president of the mock trial team, president of the Clemson University Guide Association and a tutor in management, economics, statistics and math. Since arriving at Elon Law Jim has served as 1L Class Representative to the Student Bar Association and has served on numerous committees and special projects for the SBA. He served as the first Treasurer of the Elon Law Rugby Club, and was named a member of the Student Advocacy Board. Jim has worked for the Admissions department of the law school as an Admissions Ambassador and summer experiences have included clerkships with the City of Greensboro City Attorney’s Office and Henson & Talley, LLP.
Kathy, a member of Alpha Kappa Delta international sociology honor society while an undergraduate at Elon University, was also the recipient of the Phillips-Perry Black Excellence Award for Academic Achievement. At Elon, she participated in Model United Nations and the Black Cultural Society, served as parliamentarian for Alpha Kappa Psi national business fraternity, and treasurer for Alpha Kappa Delta. She has participated in a mission trip to Jamaica to help the Jamaica Deaf Village and volunteered at the Carolina Pregnancy Center, Loaves and Fishes, Timberlake Farm, the Boys and Girls Club, Blakey Hall and Capital Hill Pregnancy Center. Last year Kathy was President of the Business Law Association, VP of Public Interest and VP of Entertainment for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. In the upcoming year she will take on the role as VP of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In the summer of 2010, Kathy interned with the general Counsel at the NC Department of Commerce and the NC Department of Justice. During her second year of law school she worked at the Guilford County Public Defender’s Office and also at the private law firm Keith, Carter & Associates. During the summer of 2011, Kathy has continued her internship at the Guilford County Public Defender’s Office while also working for Eastwood homes. She is also assisting the NC Office of Juvenile Defenders in creating a manual for attorneys to use when working in juvenile cases.
Melissa received the Annie Moring Alexander Scholarship for excellence in political science at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society. She was the student commencement speaker for University of North Carolina-Greensboro’s class of 2006, and one of Yes! Weekly’s top ten graduates of 2006. She was a weekly columnist for The Carolinian student newspaper and a member of the fencing club at University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Melissa has volunteered with the Guilford County Humane Society, Rockingham County Teen Court and Chinqua-Penn Plantation. Since attending Elon Law, Melissa won first place in Elon Law's 2010 Intramural Moot Court Competition and advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2011 Charleston School of Law National Moot Court Competition. She currently serves as Vice-President of the Elon Law Federalist Society, Chairperson of the Student Bar Association's Social Committee, and Secretary of Outlaw.
Mark is a cum laude graduate of the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business at Campbell University. He retired from the United States Army after 20 years at the rank of Sergeant Major. His military deployments spanned six different continents, including time spent in the Middle East during both the first Gulf War and the Global War on Terrorism. At Elon Law, his pursuit of a career in civil litigation includes an internship for the Honorable James L. Gale at the North Carolina Business Court in Greensboro, as well as extensive time clerking for the private practice defense firm Carruthers & Roth, P.A. in Greensboro, North Carolina.