Caroline Johnson, Class of 2014

Engaging law at national and international levels

Elon Law alumna Caroline Johnson"I really wanted a unique program where I could have that faculty support and I could have the opportunities that I needed to develop my interest in international law, and I found that here." 

Through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Honors Program, Elon Law alumna Caroline Johnson is working with the United States Board of Immigration Appeals, the nation's highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws. Johnson's selection for the DOJ Honors Program follows her successful work experiences in national and international legal organizations while at Elon Law. 

A Leadership Fellow at Elon Law, Johnson engaged international law formation at the United Nations as part of her 2014 full-semester work placement with the Office of Private International Law at the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser, in Washington, D.C. Specifically, Johnson participated in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group V (Insolvency) meeting in New York City. In this role, Johnson conducted extensive research on cross-border insolvency law, prepared documents used by the U.S. delegation for UNCITRAL Working Group activities and attended public meetings and conference calls.  In addition to participating in the UNCITRAL Insolvency Working Group, she was also able to attend meetings of Working Group IV (E-Commerce), along with Elon University School of Law Professor Henry Gabriel, who has served for years as a member of the U.S. delegation to this Working Group.

In the summer of 2012, Johnson interned with the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT) in Rome. Her research from that internship is being used by a UNIDROIT Working Group promoting agricultural development.

At Elon University School of Law, Johnson has served as a Leadership Fellow, worked as the Membership Editor of the Elon Law Review and conducted research for Professor of Law and Senior Scholar Steven Friedland.  Johnson is a recipient of the Carole W. Bruce Scholarship for interest in tax and estate planning, as well as recipient of four awards for outstanding performance in the classroom (Legal Writing, Property, Evidence and Professional Responsibility).