Woman with Elkin connections earns top honors during law school commencement exercises

CHARLOTTE — A woman with close ties to Elkin graduated with highest honors during the recent Charlotte School of Law commencement exercises.

Edith C. Hinson, a 2004 graduate of Maiden High School and a native of Newton, graduated summa cum laude from Charlotte School of Law in earning her Juris Doctor degree. She also was recognized for being a member and editor of Law Review, highest Pro Bono Honors and a member of the Order of the Crown (Scholastic Honor Society).

She is the daughter of Amalie and Doug Hinson, both of whom are natives of Elkin and graduates of Elkin High School. She 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.

Hinson will be attending Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in the 2015-16 academic year to pursue her Master of Laws (LL.M.) with a certificate in International Human Rights. Hinson plans to practice in the areas of humane immigration, civil rights and criminal defense.

While at Charlotte School of Law, Hinson was senior online editor and senior associate editor of Law Review and earned Cali Awards for highest grade in Legal Writing, Civil Rights §1983, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Business Associations and Torts. A patent and tort research assistant of the Immigration Law Society, she also attended the University of Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico, in 2014 to study issues in immigration and international human rights and equality.

An assistant pre-law instructor at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte during the 2015 spring semester, 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.

She served as both an internal and external legal intern for a number of firms and community organizations, including Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Defender’s Office, Latin American Coalition of Charlotte and Ginter Law Clinic at International House in Charlotte.

Hinson is a 2008 cum laude graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in communication.

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