Leadership Fellows Summer Experiences
|Summer Experience Profiles|
|L. Collin Cooper|
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
Name of Position:
First Line Supervisor:
Senior Partner in Commercial Real Estate
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.
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.
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.