Emmanuel Agyemang-Dua

Through the NCBA’s Minorities In the Profession Summer Internship Program, Emmanuel spent Summer 2021 working at Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP, the largest business and litigation law firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. He worked in the Business Litigation practice group for the summer but completed projects for attorneys with corporate law practices.

Emmanuel earned his Bachelor of Arts in public policy and leadership from the University of Virginia in 2016 and, two years later, he earned a Master in Public Health from the University of Virginia.

Jeannette Carson

Jeannette graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She also received a Master of Arts in Reading Education from North Carolina A&T State University. Before coming to law school, she worked as an elementary school teacher for 15 years in Guilford County Schools. Jeannette served as the grade-level chairperson, led weekly grade level meetings, and provided instructional support for the teachers on her team. She also partnered with a local university to serve as a teacher-mentor for future teachers. Through this partnership, she hosted dozens of student interns in her classroom to help train and prepare the next generation of teachers.

Currently, Jeannette serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem volunteer and advocates for abused and neglected children in Guilford County. During Summer 2021, she served as an intern at Legal Aid of N.C. (Greensboro) in the Domestic Violence Unit.

At Elon Law, Jeannette is an Orientation Mentor, a Moot Court board member, and treasurer for the Black Law Student Association. She is interested in pursuing a career in civil litigation or family law.

Emily Erickson

Emily graduated cum laude from The University of Montana Western in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance. While at Montana Western, Emily was a four-year varsity volleyball letter winner and a two-time team captain, and should would graduate from Winthrop University in 2019 with a Master of Science in Sports and Fitness Administration. From November 2018 through July 2020, Emily served as the director of marketing for Winthrop Athletics. Emily also served on the Winthrop Diversity Council, worked with the Sports Management program, and the Student Athlete Advisory Council.

At Elon Law, Emily is also a Law Review staff member and a Moot Court board member. Her current interests are student-athlete rights and appellate practice.

Vanessa Garcia

Vanessa graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science. While attending UNCW, Vanessa was a chair of the Campus Conduct Board, founder and president of the University Political Action Committee, a research scholar, and a research assistant. During that time Vanessa interned at the local District Attorney’s Office as well as the Public Defender’s Office. These experiences solidified her desire to go to law school. After graduation Vanessa took a gap year and worked at a nonprofit that focused on providing low-income families access to early education.

Vanessa is currently interested in practicing as in-house legal counsel and hopes to have a career in corporate litigation.

Jeffrey Hudgins

Jeffrey graduated from Georgia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering. After school he worked for Capital One in Richmond Virginia for 13 years as an analyst and operations manager before leaving to spend time working with humanitarian organizations in Peru and Colombia.

In addition to being a Leadership Fellow, Jeffrey is involved in Law Review and Moot Court. He spent his summer interning with the Greenville Public Defender and plans to pursue either criminal or immigration law with a focus on public interest.


Craig Almond

Craig graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a minor in German. Prior to enrolling at Elon Law, Craig lived in Charlotte and worked for five years at 160/90, an Endeavor Company. He spent much of his time servicing the agency’s account with DICK’S Sporting Goods. In addition to day-to-day client and media relations, Craig represented DICK’S in several brand marketing deals with athletes, influencers, and other talent.

At the University of South Carolina, Craig served as president of his fraternity, Sigma Nu, and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society. As a Dean’s Scholar at Elon Law, Craig is exploring multiple practice areas including corporate law and sports and entertainment law.

Todd Bowyer

Todd is from Roanoke, Virginia, and graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in sport management. After graduate school, Todd worked for a decade in higher education, specifically in student affairs as a campus recreation administrator, which included stops at East Stroudsburg University, Roanoke College, and Ferrum College.

At Roanoke, Todd served as the director of campus recreation, leading a comprehensive recreation department that included aquatics, fitness, recreational sports, and outdoor adventure programs while supervising three professional staff members and 100 student employees. He was also appointed to the student conduct council and served as an investigator for Title IX cases.

Todd has interest in both education and sports law, and he hopes to pursue opportunities in those and other areas at Elon Law. When he’s not studying, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters, reading biographies and memoirs, following professional and collegiate sports, and playing golf.

Jacob Dippold

Jacob graduated in 2021 from Wofford College in South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Government (concentration in American Politics) and English (concentration in film and digital media). While at Wofford, he played baseball for four years, serving as team captain in multiple seasons. Academically, Jacob was president of the Pre-Law Society, an Orientation Staff Leader, a prosecutor and defender on the Honor Council/Judicial Commission, vice-chairman of the Republican Society, and a screenwriter in the Wofford Film Festival. Jacob also volunteers his time at the Guilford Animal Shelter and helps coach a high school baseball team.

Jacob is exploring practice areas including criminal, sports and entertainment, civil litigation, and real estate law.

Kate Mendez

Kate came to Elon Law after working in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years.  She has worked in a variety of social service sectors including homelessness, rape crisis, and reentry.  Most recently, she served as the director of operations for a large public foundation in South Carolina where she oversaw data analytics, compliance, and $15 million in grants. Kate has served on multiple nonprofit boards including The Mujer Project, Keep Greenville County Beautiful, and the Upstate Human Trafficking Task Force.

Kate moved with her husband and daughter to North Carolina to attend Elon Law and she plans to pursue a future in Fiduciary Law.

Cassandra Saxton

Cassandra grew up in New Britain, Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Africana Studies. While at UConn, Cassandra was involved with several organizations, including Public Interest Research Group, the African American Cultural Center, Women’s Legacy advocacy group, and Alima International Dance Team. She worked in various health clinics before pursuing her Juris Doctor at Elon Law.

As a law student, Cassandra is interested in a wide array of fields including Public Interest Law, Health Law, Public Policy, and Military Law. Her focus is to work for the good of the public; wherever that sentiment takes her in her career, and while in law school, she is sure it will be an adventure.

Caroline Wray

Caroline received a Bachelor of Arts from Randolph-Macon College in Sociology with a double minor in Black Studies and Women’s Studies. She received the Sally Ride Gender Equality Award by the Women’s Studies Department. Before her 2019 graduation, Caroline was involved in various leadership positions including the Student Conduct Board and Student Government Association. She interned with the Hon. David J. Novak in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia where she observed a variety of court proceedings and settlement conferences.

Caroline also interned for the Virginia 2020 General Assembly Session in Senate Committee Operations. She provided administrative support for Senate standing committees and clerked subcommittee meetings.

At Elon Law, Caroline looks forward to working with the Innocence Project and Family Law Society to continue her passion for service and plans to become involved with the Guardian at Litem program. She aspires to a career in family or public interest law.