Bell, Davis & Pitt Welcomes 2020 Summer Clerks

Bell, Davis & Pitt is excited to welcome three law students for its 2020 summer clerkship program. Notably, this year the program will be conducted virtually due to COVID-19 concerns, while still providing summer clerks with the opportunity to gain insight into what private practice entails.

In addition to the program being held remotely this year, the firm is also introducing a number of bootcamp sessions on the business aspects of the practice of law. The work that the clerks perform and the types of meetings they participate in will be similar to previous, in-person summer clerkship programs.

"While a number of law firms chose to cancel their summer programs due to COVID-19 concerns, we challenged ourselves to honor our offer of employment to our summer clerks, while prioritizing the health and safety of our firm and community," says Adam Duke, attorney at Bell, Davis & Pitt and head of the firm's recruitment and summer clerkship program. "We've aimed to create a meaningful, interactive program that allows students to apply knowledge gained from the classroom to the actual practice of law, while offering exposure to learn from established attorneys."

The firm's summer clerks, all from Wake Forest University School of Law, are:

  • Kristen Kovach
  • Elizabeth Napps
  • Chelsey Phelps

Kristen Kovach is a rising third-year student at Wake Forest University School of Law. She received her Bachelor of Science in biology with minors in chemistry and Slavic and East European languages and literature from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2016. Prior to law school, she earned her Master of Science in medical physiology from Case Western Reserve University and worked as an after-school chess instructor. She enjoys volunteering as a mentor and study group leader for first-year students at Wake Law, for the Healthcare Advocacy Project, and will be part of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic this fall. Kristen is interested in intellectual property and tax law.

Elizabeth “Liz” Napps is a rising second-year student at Wake Forest University School of Law. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Virginia in 2015. Prior to law school, she worked in corporate governance in the healthcare sector in Richmond. She is looking forward to working on a variety of projects this summer and interested in the many nuances of business and corporate law.

Chelsey Phelps is a rising second-year student at Wake Forest University School of Law. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2014 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in women’s studies. Prior to law school, she spent several years working at UNC in fundraising. When not immersed in her studies, she can usually be found at the local Pure Barre studio. She’s interested in the transactional areas of law, such as tax and commercial real estate.