The Leadership Program

Leadership Fellows Summer Experiences

Summer Experience Profiles
Ashley Clark
L. Collin Cooper
Janison Dillon
Shoshana Fried
Caroline Johnson
David Lambert
Chantelle Lytle
Kelsey Roth
Julie Stainback

Leadership Fellows have an opportunity to serve in a public sector organization through a summer externship offered with course credit and a scholarship covering the tuition for the externship course and living expenses.

The following is one in a series of self-reported descriptions of the fellows' summer employment experiences.

Janison Dillon '13

Name of Employer:                                   

Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler LLP

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Summer Clerk

Elon Law student Janison DillonFirst Line Supervisor:                 

Senior Partner in Commercial Real Estate              

General Overview:

I was fortunate to spend my summer clerking at Wyatt Early Harris Wheeler LLP, a private firm in High Point, North Carolina. The firm has twenty-five attorneys, who vary in specialization.  My primary mentor was a senior partner in the commercial real estate section.  While the majority of my projects related to commercial real estate, I also worked with attorneys in the corporate and litigation sections.  I enjoyed the opportunity to experience several practice areas.

Daily Duties:

As a clerk, my duties ranged from drafting documents to legal research to administrative tasks.  I spent around 40% of my time drafting commercial real estate documents such as leases, deeds, easement agreements, options contracts, etc.  My mentor would provide me with example documents and terms specific to the individual client.  I would then draft the document and review it with my mentor.  Now at the close of my clerkship, I feel confident that I could draft many of these documents without guidance.  I devoted another 40% of my time to research. Within the commercial real estate section, I researched property records across the state.  I also researched litigation issues for the corporate section including music and entertainment contract issues.  In the litigation section, I worked mostly with a senior partner who specializes in will caveats and minority shareholder disputes.  I also researched several real estate litigation issues.  The other 20% of my time I spent completing various administrative tasks.  I travelled to several counties to register land records, and I occasionally assisted in finishing title opinions.

Take Aways:

My experience at WEHW was entirely positive.  I found that some of what I learn in classes is applicable in the real world, but I learned much more about the day-to-day practice of law in a private firm that will be beneficial as I advance in the legal field.  WEHW’s size allows its attorneys to specialize, but it is more relaxed than a bigger firm – perfect for me.