Anthony Bland, Elizabeth Kwon, and Elliott Millner from the Class of 2023 were selected for a highly competitive North Carolina Bar Association initiative aimed at making the legal profession more reflective of the state’s many diverse communities.
Three Elon Law students who have excelled in their first year of study will take part this summer in an internship program established by the North Carolina Bar Exam to promote and support diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.
Anthony Bland L’23, Elizabeth Kwon L’23, and Elliott Millner L’23 accepted invitations to work for firms and corporations that participate in the NCBA’s Minorities in the Profession 1L Summer Associate Program, which is coordinated through its Minorities in the Profession Committee.
It is the sixth year in a row that at least three Elon Law students have secured such placements. The summer associate program “provides corporate legal departments and major law firms in North Carolina with a recruiting vehicle through which to interview and offer summer internship positions to 1L minority law students from each of North Carolina’s law schools.”
Placement: Jackson Lewis P.C. in Raleigh, N.C.
Alma Mater: Texas A&M University
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., Agribusiness
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
“It is an honor to be selected by Jackson Lewis P.C. as a summer clerk. With its focus on labor and employment law, the firm has been one of the nation’s most well respected for decades. I hope not only to further develop skills that relate to legal and business practices, but also to develop relationships with Jackson Lewis attorneys and to contribute to the overall success of the firm.”
Placement: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions in Durham, N.C.
Alma Mater: University of Maryland, College Park
Undergraduate Degree: B.S., International Business
Hometown: Columbia, Maryland
“I pursued this position because I want to help minority individuals that have pursued a better life in America. By working with international corporate companies, I not only get to work with these minority communities but I also have the opportunity to experience the corporate lifecycle.”
Placement: IQVIA in Durham, N.C.
Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Undergraduate Degree: B.A., Journalism and Media
Hometown: Greensboro, North Carolina
“I have always treasured the privilege I have as a law student to advocate for those who look like me but may not have been blessed with the same opportunities I have been in my life. Because of this, I was proud to be selected to represent the school alongside other strong students of color at Elon and other law schools in North Carolina in such a prestigious program that values diversity in the legal profession. I hope to use this summer opportunity to introduce myself to as much of the legal world as possible and learn as much as I can to further my legal career aspirations.”
The NCBA Minorities in the Profession Committee solicits applications from all North Carolina law schools. Schools invite students who identify as a minority to submit an application, which consists of a resume, transcript, writing sample and a statement that addresses how the applicant will contribute to diversification of the North Carolina State Bar.
Elon Law identified select students to take part in NCBA interviews. Students in the program interviewed with potential employers and at the conclusion of those interviews, employers selected one or more candidates to work as a summer associate.
“Elon Law is thrilled that Anthony, Elizabeth, and Elliott have been chosen to participate in the MIP program,” said Assistant Dean Stacie Dooley, who leads the law school’s Office of Career and Student Development. “All three are outstanding individuals who will bring tremendous energy and insight to their respective placements. We are excited for them to begin this next chapter of their professional growth and development.”