Woman with local ties earns top honors during Georgetown Law School commencement

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A woman with close ties to Elkin graduated with highest honors during the recent Georgetown University Law Center commencement exercises.

Edith C. Hinson was awarded a master of laws degree “with distinction” after earning the Thomas Bradbury Chetwood Award for the highest grade-point average in her field of study. Her concentration at Georgetown Law was Criminal and Immigration Law, with a certificate in International Human Rights.

Hinson is the daughter of Amalie and Doug Hinson, both of whom are natives of Elkin and graduates of Elkin High School. They now live in Newton, North Carolina. Edith Hinson is the granddaughter of Mary Hinson and the late Carl Hinson, both of Elkin, and Margaret Walker of Elkin and the late Jack Walker of Wilkesboro.

While at Georgetown, Hinson studied international and national legal issues in refugee law and policy; women and immigration; advanced criminal procedure; advanced issues in international human tights; international criminal law; the law of war; and race, justice and inequality. She also has served as a research assistant with the Georgetown Domestic Violence Clinic.

A contributor to the Jessup Prison Project in Maryland, Hinson worked with a group of prisoners who were serving life sentences to advocate for Maryland parole reform. She also is a member of the International Migrants’ Bill of Rights Working Group, which is drafting a document for potential adoption by the international community as the International Migrants Bill of Rights.

A 2004 graduate of Maiden High School and a native of Newton, Hinson graduated summa cum laude from Charlotte School of Law in 2015 to earn her Juris Doctor degree. At Charlotte School of Law, she was a member and editor of Law

Review, earned highest Pro Bono Honors, and was chosen a member of the Order of the Crown (Scholastic Honor Society).

She also attended the University of Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico, in 2014 to study issues in immigration and international human rights and equality. As part of a practicum through Charlotte School of Law, she co-taught pre-law at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte. Hinson also was a member of the Civil Rights Clinic of Charlotte School of Law and served as a student attorney in a number of cases.

Additionally, Hinson is a three-year cancer survivor. Diagnosed with colon cancer while a student at Charlotte School of Law, she continued to pursue her law degree despite undergoing numerous chemotherapy treatments and suffering congestive heart failure.

A 2008 cum laude graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, Hinson plans to practice law in Virginia and Washington, D.C.


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