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Jessica Richardson, Class of 2016

Helping others follow their deams through entrepreneurship

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Elon Law student Jessica Richardson L'16Summer 2014 experience:
Externship in the Office of Legal Counsel at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, N.C.

Hometown: Rocky Mount, N.C.

Professional Experience:

  • Assets for Sustainability – founder and director
  • GlaxoSmithKline – intern, GlaxoSmithKline Woman in Science Scholar
  • Guardian Ad Litem – Greensboro volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children
  • Communiversity After-School Program – Chapel Hill program co-counselor

Before Elon…
I was a biology major, so a lot of my experience was in the natural sciences. I did a lot of research in immunology and endocrinology. The only thing I didn’t like was that it took too long to see results, and I want to see change happen on a daily basis.

What I’m looking forward to…
This summer, I worked in a patent office where I used my science background. I am very passionate about helping entrepreneurs, and I can bring science into that by helping entrepreneurs in the science field bring their services and products to market.

Helping people…
I have a deep passion for empowering others, and starting a business can help you become financially, personally and emotionally stable. I want to pursue that area of law.

Why I chose Elon…
One of the things that attracted me to Elon was the small business and entrepreneurship clinic. Elon has a very inclusive atmosphere. The professors are approachable and the upperclassmen are very friendly and helpful. And we have a business court in the building.

Working with nonprofits…
I started a nonprofit before law school, and I partnered with a local group in Greensboro to help low-income people learn business skills to develop their own business. I’ve been talking to Dean Haile about how to bring that to Elon and get others involved. It would be really helpful to the community; I want to see others following their dreams and visions.

About the Elon atmosphere…
Coming from a larger school, I appreciate how approachable the professors are, and I like the supportive atmosphere. Since day one, I’ve had other students ask, ‘What do you need?’ and ‘What do you need help understanding?’ I have reached out to those people and absorbed everything I could.

My preceptor experience…
My preceptor is a district court judge. He was very open to communication, so I definitely have found that relationship to be beneficial.

About leadership…
The first-year leadership course taught us two things: how to be a leader and the soft skills of being a lawyer…interviewing clients, working with others in a law firm. That will be very beneficial in the legal profession.

Contributing my time…
I’ve been working with members of the Pro Bono Board to plan events and sponsor projects throughout the community. Over the summer, I’ll be starting an initiative with the Greensboro Housing Coalition with small claims issues and helping tenants with constructive eviction problems.

In five or 10 years…
I want to make changes every day by helping others and seeing the benefits of the work I do within someone’s daily life.