Elon Law student co-moderates ABA national webinar

Lauren Jones L’23 was invited to help lead an online program hosted by the American Bar Association intended for prospective and current law students of diverse backgrounds to hear from successful lawyers about their journey to the profession.

Lauren Jones L’23 co-moderated an ABA webinar on September 30, 2022, for prospective law school students.

An Elon Law student helped moderate a national webinar hosted by the American Bar Association aimed at prospective and current law students seeking advice from successful attorneys of diverse backgrounds.

Lauren Jones L’23 teamed with Mussab Ali of Harvard Law School on September 30, 2022, to lead “A Career as a Lawyer: What They Do and How to Become One.” The duo introduced and posed questions to five lawyers and judges on their law school experiences and the work they do today.

Sponsored by the ABA Young Lawyer Division’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team, the webinar was organized to help those with interest in the legal profession learn about the law school application process, the law school experience, and different career paths for law school graduates.

Panelists included:

  • Darryl Wilson, Corporate Counsel, Honeywell International Inc.
  • Joseph Bias, Corporate Counsel,  Midlands Technical College
  • Caleb Chaplain, Career Law Clerk for the Hon. Rebecca B. Connelly, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia
  • The Hon. Zahid N. Quraishi, U.S. District Judge for the District of New Jersey
  • Jasmine Gregory,  Staff Attorney, Domestic Violence Unit of Legal Aid of NC, Inc.

Larissa Mañón Mervin, supervising attorney to Legal Aid of North Carolina’s domestic violence unit and a recently elected member of the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, recommended Jones to the ABA Young Lawyers Division when asked about potential moderators.

Jones said she met Mervin through an NCBA law student speed-networking event. The duo later connected for an informational interview about Legal Aid, and Jones said that after getting together in Charlotte, “I daresay we became quick friends.”

“Networking is what you make it! It does not need to be small-talk and stiff jackets,” Jones said. “Larissa and I talked about real topics and struggles over the best cup of coffee. Networking is about making genuine connections, not transactional ones.”

Jones earned her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Bradley University in Illinois. At Elon Law, she serves on the Moot Court Board, the Mock Trial Team, and the inaugural editorial board for We the People: Elon Law’s Constitutional Law Journal.

She also serves as co-director of the Orientation Mentors program, chairs the Student Bar Association’s SBA’s Community Inclusion Chair, and previously served as the Honor Council’s 1L representative.