Succeeding by Leading
Collin Cooper, a third-year student at Elon University School of Law, earned his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied Romance Languages and English, and earned his MA degree in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as a René Hardré Scholar. 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 this article, Collin argues that a lawyer-leader looking to succeed in this economy must be innovative and socially responsible, and must know how to communicate effectively. He states that by combining all three of these behaviors, lawyers will not only be able to address their clients' problems, but will also be able to solve the challenging problems our society faces.