As the 107 members of the charter class at Elon University School of Law prepare for graduation, scheduled for May 24, Dean George R. Johnson, Jr. hailed their collective contributions to the well being of communities across North Carolina.
Over the course of their three years at Elon Law, the charter class has contributed more than 21,000 hours of community service in the region. Their work includes 760 hours providing free legal assistance to underserved populations in partnership with Legal Aid of North Carolina; 280 hours conducting research through the Elon University Innocence Project, investigating innocence claims made by prisoners incarcerated in North Carolina; 500 hours introducing high school students to concepts in the practice of law; and more than 13,000 hours of unpaid public interest work through summer internships.
“The charter class has made extraordinary contributions to the well being of communities here in Greensboro and across North Carolina,” Johnson said. “From mentoring teens to drafting wills for the elderly, advising non-profits to advocating for the indigent, the charter class has served people in need in countless ways. Their leadership will set the standard for generations of Elon law students to follow.”