Bell, Davis & Pitt is pleased to welcome three law students for its 2021 summer clerkship program. This year’s program is back in person, following last year’s clerkship being held virtually.
Towqir Abdal Aziz is a rising third-year student at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He received his M.A. in bioethics & science policy from Duke University and his B.S. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a competing member of the Holderness Moot Court team, staff member of the North Carolina Civil Rights Law Review and law student representative board member of the North Carolina Muslim Bar Association. Towqir assisted former NC Supreme Court Chief Justice Beasley in the establishment of the Faith and Justice Alliance to increase accessibility and trust in the legal system among underserved and marginalized communities. Prior to law school, he worked as an assignment desk editor for WRAL-TV, fair housing researching for Legal Aid of NC and student researcher for the National Institutes of Health, among other positions.
Shelby Devine is a rising third-year student at the Wake Forest University School of Law and received her B.A. in politics and international affairs from Wake Forest University. She has received the Dean Suzanne Reynolds Award for Excellence in Legal Research. Shelby is a staff member of the Wake Forest Journal of Law & Policy. Following her first year of law school, she served as a judicial intern for the United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina. She has served as a staff assistant in the Washington, D.C. office of U.S. Senator Thom Tillis and as a research assistant for a WFU law professor.
Juan Carlos Pacheco is a rising third-year J.D./M.B.A. student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his B.A. in philosophy and liberal arts from St. Joseph Seminary College. Last summer and this past spring, he served as a judicial intern for Chief Justice Paul Newby of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. This summer, prior to joining BDP, he served as a judicial intern for Judge Robert Conrad of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. Juan Carlos is a Dean’s Fellow at UNC School of Law and the past-president of the UNC Hispanic/Latino Law Student Association. He currently serves as the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Region XI (NC & SC) law student representative. Prior to law school, Juan Carlos was the director of service & justice for the University of North Carolina’s Newman Center.
We are thrilled to have these outstanding students work alongside our team for the summer to gain experience in the private practice of law.