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Elon Law alumnus John WarrenJohn L. Warren III
Class of 2013


Undergrad:
University of South Carolina

Current:
Attorney, Simmons Law Firm
Columbia, S.C. 

Previous:
Judicial Clerk,
Justice John W. Kittredge 
South Carolina Supreme Court
Columbia, S.C.
 
Clerkship responsibilities:
Draft memoranda for cases; assist in preparation for oral arguments; draft majority opinions, concurrences and dissents; assist in reviewing and making recommendations on requests for the court to consider new cases.
 

Areas of Practice:
Medical malpractice, personal injury and white-collar criminal defense.

ELON LAW IN THREE WORDS:
"Endless opportunities abound"

 

AT ELON LAW:

Honors & Activities

  • Regional Semifinalist, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Editorial Board Member, Elon Law Review
  • Founder and President, American Constitution Society
  • Co-founder, Society for Health Law & Bioethics

Experience

  • Research Assistant, Elon Law Professor Enrique Armijo, Greensboro, N.C.
  • Author, “Holding the Bench Accountable: Judges Qua Representatives,” Washington University Jurisprudence Review, 2014
  • Author: “Tale of Two Andersons: Anderson v. South Carolina Election Commission and Anderson v. Celebrezze—An Examination of the Constitutionality of Section 8-13-1356 of the South Carolina Code of Laws Following the 2012 Primary Ballot Access Controversy,” Elon Law Review, 2013

INSIGHTS:

“The South Carolina Bar is small and closely knit. I enjoy getting to know the lawyers that practice in the same areas of law that I do and building relationships that will help to achieve just and fair resolutions of cases in the future.”

“My favorite experience during law school was, without a doubt, Moot Court. During law school, I realized that appellate law was my passion. Through Moot Court, I was able to hone my writing and oratorical skills. Without this experience, I never would have been able to secure an appellate court clerkship.”

“Elon is a small school that provides a vast array of resources for every student. The professors are brilliant, the facilities are fantastic and the administration really cares about the success of its students. The ‘Elon Law Advantage,’ to me, was having the opportunity to explore my interests in both the classroom and professional spheres.”
 

REWARDING EXPERIENCES AS A LAWYER:

“Clerking for a Supreme Court Justice” and “observing the best appellate advocates in the state of South Carolina and the country argue difficult criminal and civil cases.”

“The day that most people walk into a lawyer's office is often one of the most difficult days of their lives. Perhaps a loved one has died in an accident, an individual has been charged with a crime, or a person is being investigated by a government agency. I enjoy being able to help individuals resolve their disputes so that they may move on with their lives.”

 

REFLECTIONS ON ELON LAW PROFESSORS:

“I am grateful to Senior Associate Dean and Moot Court Director Alan Woodlief for all of his help and tutelage. My most important hands on learning experience was Moot Court as it taught me how to formulate and deliver a legal argument in both written and oral form.”

“Professor Noble was my legal writing instructor and taught me everything I know about legal writing. Without his help, I wouldn't have succeeded in law school and certainly wouldn't have succeeded in my clerkship.”

“Professor Fink was my civil procedure and consumer protection professor as well as my Law Review advisor. I always really connected with Professor Fink's teaching style and really appreciated his vast array of interests inside and outside the classroom.”

“Professor Rich was my criminal procedure and evidence professor. Without question, Professor Rich's evidence class was the most difficult course I took at Elon. However, it was also one of my favorite classes as he constantly challenged his students and required us to think analytically about every problem. Earning the Strongest Comprehensive Performance award in Professor Rich's class is my most proud achievement as it was the result of hardwork and dedication to a difficult subject.”

“Professor Exum [former N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice] was my judicial process professor. I had the pleasure of taking Professor Exum's judicial process class my final year in law school and learned so many things that have greatly benefited me during my clerkship. Professor Exum had us write a lengthy paper as our final exam, and encouraged me to submit my paper to various law reviews for publication.  he paper was eventually accepted by the Washington University Jurisprudence Review. I am so thankful to Professor Exum for his encouragement and friendship.”