Class of 2020
In December 2017, Haillie received a Bachelor of Arts in law, politics, and society from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. During her three and a half years at Samford, Haillie participated in a number of extracurricular activities and held numerous leadership positions. Among her favorites are serving as a Team Leader and Facilitator in Samford Office of Spiritual Life’s Home Group for three years, the Public Relations Coordinator of the Latino Student Organization, an IMPACT Mentor in the Office of Diversity, and as one of two colligate members on Delta Delta Delta’s Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce.
Haillie’s interests in law are varied with potential practice areas that include family law, immigration law, sports & entertainment law, and corporate law. She is also keeping her eyes open for any other fields that may pique her interest. During her time at Elon Law and as a Leadership Fellow, Haillie wishes to learn as much as possible from those around her so that she can use her education to the best of her ability to give back to the communities of which she is a part.
Victoria “Tori” Ford
Tori graduated magna cum laude from Elon University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in human service studies and minor in business administration. After interning with the Department of State during the summer before her senior year, Tori returned to the organization upon graduation to work for the Bureau of Human Resources in the Office of Recruitment, Examination, and Employment assisting in recruiting and hiring for the Foreign Service. Through her experience with various nonprofit and government agencies, Tori’s passion continues to strengthen for social justice and human rights.
At Elon Law, Tori looks forward to continuing her passion for service through involvement in the Guardian at Litem program and Pro Bono Board. She aspires to a career in human rights law where she can use her education to provide marginalized populations with sustainable solutions to issues deeply rooted in policy and the law.
Alisha received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology in May 2018 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also minored in Social and Economic Justice. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Alisha was a member of the UNC Honor Court where she reviewed alleged violations of the Honor Code and deliberated upon appropriate judgments and sanctions. Equally dedicated to her involvement and collaboration within the Chapel Hill community, Alisha volunteered at a local community center, RENA, leading small tutoring group sessions of children ranging from second-grade to middle school. She also volunteered at a local elementary school as a School Reading Partner to aid kindergarten and second grade students in their reading and to help expand their vocabulary by the introduction of new or unfamiliar words.
At Elon Law, Alisha anticipates becoming involved in programs such as the Guardian at Litem program and Pro Bono Board. Her current interests are family law, and she wants to explore opportunities associated with in-house counsel.
Cynthia received a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Maryland, College Park. At Maryland, she received the Office of Multi-Ethnic Society Academic Excellence Award and was named to the Dean’s List. She participated in various volunteer opportunities by assisting in the renewal process of Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and leading a youth group at her local church.
Upon graduation, Cynthia relocated to Greensboro to serve as a Teach for America Corps Member. She worked in Guilford County as a high school Spanish teacher for two years, where she served on her placement school’s Equity Team, Leadership Team, and was elected to be a representative for the foreign language department’s Professional Learning Community. She also coached the women’s junior varsity soccer team.
Cynthia hopes to have a career in immigration or criminal law, where she aspires to assist low-income clients in underrepresented communities. She plans to use her experiences at Elon Law to bridge the justice gap and be a public advocate to combat social inequity.
Brooke graduated magna cum laude from Appalachian State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in political science (concentrating in American politics), a minor in psychology, and a certificate in interdisciplinary studies. She graduated in a self-accelerated three years by completing heavy course loads and taking advantage of summer courses. While attending Appalachian State, Brooke was involved in several leadership positions as an Orientation Leader and Director, mentor and tour guide in the Watauga Residential College, and student leader in a local woodcutting ministry.
In the summer of 2018, Brooke interned with the Guilford County Public Defender’s Office where she worked extensively in the juvenile and district courts. This experience has led her to Elon Law as a presidential scholar with interests in administrative and juvenile law. Brooke plans to pursue a future career as a legislative assistant or lobbyist after graduating.
Shane graduated cum laude from Furman University with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Shane conducted research in a computational laboratory where he explored the growth of atmospheric aerosols by using chemical instrumentation and computational operating systems. Additionally, he served as a Furman academic tutor in the fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, political science, and reading/writing courses, and he was a member of the American Chemical Society, Pre-Law Society, and Furman University Student Activities Board.
Shane is interested in intellectual property and information technology law, integrating his expertise in the sciences with his future knowledge of legal practices.
Ben graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Entering his senior year, Ben secured an internship recruiting and managing volunteers in Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. One of Ben’s proudest moments during the campaign was being selected by his supervisors to lead and implement the campaign’s Get Out the Vote field plan at UNC Greensboro on Election Day, which helped set new records for voter turnout at UNC Greensboro. Ben considers his time on the campaign as instrumental in both the development of his leadership skills and the fostering of his passion for community service.
Since his days on the campaign trail, Ben has continued to strengthen his leadership skills and commitment to community service. He has served on the Board of Trustees for Friend’s Homes, Inc., a Quaker retirement community in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has held various leadership positions in his church and local Civitan club.
At Elon Law, Ben looks forward to working with other Leadership Fellows to raise the school’s academic, professional, and community service standards to new heights. His current areas of interest in the law include personal injury, public interest, and government relations.
Robin came to Elon Law following a 20+ year career as executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Alamance County in North Carolina. A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., a National Merit Scholar, and a first-generation college student, Robin graduated cum laude from Duke University with a double major in history and political science.
In her role at Habitat, Robin oversaw the construction of more than 120 single-family houses, developed three major subdivisions, and opened two Habitat ReStores. She traveled twice to Haiti as part of the Jimmy and Roslynn Carter Work Project.
During her time at Habitat, Robin served on multiple local nonprofit boards and committees including Burlington Day School, Community Council, Alamance Housing Committee, St. Mark’s Church, the Childhood Fatality Committee for Alamance County, and the United Way. She also served on the local Link Transit Advisory board, a group charged with oversight of the new public transit system in Burlington and position to which she was appointed by the Burlington City Council.
A Dean’s Scholar at Elon Law, Robin’s future path may lie in public interest law. She has two children, son Chip (28) and daughter Jennifer Ann (25). Robin and her children enjoy travel and recently ventured to Cuba.
Class of 2021
Jacob graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in political science, concentrating in American politics, along with a minor in psychology. While at Appalachian State, Jacob interned with U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis.
While with Rep. Foxx, Jacob was tasked with helping to organize the North Carolina Fifth District’s annual veteran’s information session. This event brought together a dozen agencies tasked with assisting veterans through the federal bureaucracy. While with Sen. Tillis, Jacob spent time assisting constituents with expediting their passports, filing new constituent inquiries, and recording constituent opinions in the office’s constituent response database.
Jacob plans to pursue a future in corporate law after graduating.
Shena-Kaye graduated with honors from the University of Alabama in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Commerce with a focus on strategic management. While at UA, Shena-Kaye was awarded the Black Honors Academic Scholarship by the Black Faculty and Staff Association. Shena-Kaye was also an active member of the undergraduate chapter Society for Human Resource Management and was the vice president of Culverhouse Connections, a professional development organization for students in the Culverhouse College of Business.
Professionally, Shena-Kaye has worked for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. and HealthFirst, a nonprofit healthcare organization for low-income families and immigrants. In her spare time, Shena-Kaye served as a youth minister for a group of children ages five to seventeen at her local church. Shena-Kaye has also volunteered with the United Way Hunger Heroes Project and Mobile Ministries where she has helped to feed over 1,000 families in need.
Shena-Kaye plans to pursue a future working in government contracts or national security.
Andrew Parks Carter
Andrew graduated from the University of Louisville in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. He was captain of the men’s tennis team and subsequently inducted into their Hall of Fame. Academically, he was a member of the National Political Honor Society and an ITA Academic All- American. Following his studies at Louisville, he competed internationally on the professional tennis tour. He founded On The Rise, an athletic service that coaches and mentors aspiring athletes across the country.
At Elon Law, Andrew is a student mentor of the Elon Law-NC A&T mentor program and a member of the Black Law Student Association, the Hispanic Law Student Association and the People Not Property Project.
Lauren is a proud “double Gator” having earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in international business from the University of Florida. During her time at Florida, Lauren served as president of Alpha Kappa Psi, the Alpha Phi chapter, a professional business fraternity. Lauren also was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi, in addition to participating in the Heavener Leadership Challenge and the Career Success Institute.
At Elon Law, Lauren is excited to explore different fields such as family law, criminal law, policy and public interest law. She looks forward to becoming more involved in organizations within the law school and will spend Summer 2020 interning for the State Attorney’s Office for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Florida.
Luke graduated in 2017 from Wittenberg University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in finance and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2019 from the College of William & Mary. At Wittenberg he played football for four years, serving as team captain in his final season. During his graduate studies, Luke served as a graduate assistant for the William & Mary Alumni Association.
Luke is exploring multiple practice areas including corporate and education law. He will work as a law clerk in Summer 2020 at the South Carolina Department of Education.
Gabriella attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Legal Studies. Gabriella’s leadership experiences at NSU included being a part of the Women’s Rowing Team, Student Government Association, and Mock Trial Team. Before coming to Elon Law she worked in legal processing services and assisted in coaching her undergraduate Mock Trial team.
Gabriella has an interest in joining the Student Bar Association. She is interested in health law where she hopes to combine her knowledge about the medical field with her ever-improving legal education.