RALEIGH — Three rising 2L Campbell Law School students — Genesis Torres, Tia Overway and Asia Lindsay Lowe — have been selected to participate in the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Minorities in the Profession (MIP) 1L Summer Associate Program. MIP is dedicated to promoting the increased presence of minorities in the legal profession by providing a vehicle through which top law firms and corporate legal departments can connect and interview 1L minority law students across the state. Selected rising 2L students participate in summer associate programs designed to provide students with hands-on experience in a variety of practice areas.
Torres is participating in Ward and Smith P.A.’s six-week 1L Summer Associate Program in Raleigh from May 17-June 25. Ward and Smith is a full-service law firm with more than 100 attorneys knowledgeable in more than 35 areas of practice. Torres earned a B.A. in psychology from N.C. State University where she was also involved in numerous leadership roles. During her first year at Campbell Law, Torres participated in the Death Row Visitation Project, a pro bono service project that allows law students to temporarily join a death row inmate’s legal team at Raleigh’s Central Prison. In addition, Torres is the Treasurer-Elect for Lambda Law, a student organization that provides a meaningful forum for debate and discussion of LGBTQ issues in the legal profession and on the law school campus.
Ward and Smith’s Director of Attorney Recruiting Melissa Forshey Schwind described MIP as accomplishing “two equally important goals: developing and fostering young talent and building a sustainable, diverse profession that better reflects our clients and surrounding communities.” She added, “The addition of Genesis strengthens our commitment to those goals, and we look forward to having her at the firm.”
Justin Hill ’21 also participated in Ward and Smith’s 1L Summer Associate Program and now works as a labor and employment attorney for the firm.
Overway is participating in Young Moore and Henderson P.A.’s 1L Summer Associate Program. The civil law firm represents clients in a variety of litigation and transactional matters in more than 38 areas of practice. Overway graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she earned a B.S. in political science and philosophy. During her time at UNO, Overway was the president of the Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, a peer mentor and served as Chief Justice of the UNO Student Court. At Campbell Law, Overway was elected by her peers to serve as a 1L Honor Court Justice and secretary of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), an organization dedicated to providing support and networking opportunities for African-American students.
Lowe was selected for a Legal Compliance Internship with Local Government Federal Credit Union, N.C.’s fourth largest credit union with assets totaling $2.85 billion and more than 371,000 members. Lowe earned her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in criminal justice and corrections and a B.A. in Spanish from Northern State University while also volunteering with the Washington Heights Neighborhood Plan and Second Harvest Food Bank. Since joining the Campbell Law community, Lowe was elected to serve as a 1L Student Bar Association (SBA) representative and was recently re-elected to serve again during the 2021-2022 school year.
To learn more about MIP, check out its Diverse Perspectives blog post by Campbell Law Director of Externships Niya Fonville at this link to the NCBA’s website. The monthly blog feature to spotlight a member from North Carolina’s community of diverse attorneys and legal professionals. Members have the opportunity to share a personal perspective through a brief set of interview questions.
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