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Joshua Bonney, Class of 2016

A vision to change lives through legal advocacy

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Elon Law student Chris Genheimer L'15Summer 2014 experience:
In-House Legal Intern/Summer Associate, Duke Energy

Law Clerk, The Honorable Robert H. Edmunds, Jr., Associate Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court

Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.

Recent achievement: Winner, Seventh Annual Intramural Moot Court Competition at Elon Law (with Mackenzie Myers L'16)

Activities:
• Vice President - Black Law Students Association
• Minorities In the Profession Scholar

Interests/Hobbies:
• Signed musical recording artist
• Writing poetry
• Reading – Self-Help, Motivational

Why I decided on law…
I grew up in inner city Houston, and had family members and friends who were involved with the judicial process. That opened my eyes at a very early age on how the world functions and a career path that would allow me to make an impact on those relationships between the law and people who are subject to it.

My mentors…
Attorney Micah Huggins has been mentoring me on what it means to be a lawyer in general—how establishing relationships outside of the courtroom will affect your legal advocacy, how to carry yourself, how appearance matters at all times, how to speak, how to interact with people, and how the relationships you build can have a long-term effect on your career. I’ve also developed a close relationship with Professor Robert Parrish at Elon Law.

What I took away from the first-year leadership course…
It showed me what type of person I was and what type of person I need to be as an effective leader. It laid out a framework for developing that sense of self and recognizing what I need to be an effective leader to someone else.

Why prospective students should come to Elon…
The potential at Elon is limitless. There’s very much a community feel…a family feel. Once you indoctrinate into that environment, it has a profound effect on you as far as how you learn, what you learn and how you apply what you learn in the real world.

My hopes for the future…
I hope that in five to 10 years, I can be in a position where I’ve changed someone’s life through my legal advocacy. Even one person would be satisfactory, but I endeavor to reach as many people as possible.

The student body at Elon…
It all comes right back down to that family feel. Every professor has an open door policy. And because of that family feel, you have no choice but to be intimate with your classmates and those around you—from the staff to the custodians to the adjunct professors.