North Carolina Lawyers Weekly selected Kaitlin Shimansky, a member of the Class of 2013 at Elon University School of Law, as an inaugural Women of Justice Award honoree.
The Women of Justice awards recognize women across the state of North Carolina who have demonstrated leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession. Shimansky received the Leader of Tomorrow Award at the 2012 Women of Justice Awards reception, held November 15 in Raleigh, NC.
Shimansky was selected for her leadership at Elon Law and her service in the community. Shimansky’s work as president of the Elon Law chapter of the Innocence Project and as a student assisting clients in the law school’s Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic, as well as her interest in serving as a public defender are featured in a November special section of North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.
“I decided to go to law school after realizing the positive difference that those who understood the legal system could make in the lives of those who had been marginalized and disadvantaged,” Shimansky says. “Our legal system is an incredibly powerful tool with the ability to challenge and change the things in our society that we find oppressive and unjust.”