Chapman Law Firm is proud to announce that Emily Scotton, our intern for spring 2018, has been chosen by The National Jurist as one of the 20 National Law Students of the Year.

Emily was the only North Carolina student so honored this year, and one of only 5 in the South. Emily received the award based on her work with the Pro Bono Project at Wake Forest Law School, where she is in her final year. Emily saw an important need in the families of undocumented people in NC for powers of attorney in order to address the needs of family members who may be left behind if the parents (typically) are deported. She identified this need, spoke with her mentor, Professor Margaret Taylor, and then organized the Family Preparedness Project (with the help of multiple other law students and several faculty members, including Law School Dean Suzanne Reynolds).

This kind of effort is particularly remarkable for a law student, who carries a full academic course load, but it is quite consistent with Emily’s prior history of working with Ayuda, an advocacy group in Washington, DC, assisting battered women with immigration filings, as well as with the North Carolina Justice Center and Faith Action International, in Greensboro.

After she graduates, Emily will serve for one year as a Law Clerk for Hon. N. Carlton Tilley, now in Senior Status, of the Middle District of North Carolina.

Chapman Law Firm is proud to have someone with Emily’s accomplishments and her devotion to those less fortunate than she is.