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Mr. Arnold grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and is a product of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system. He attended Carmel Junior High, South Charlotte Middle, and graduated from Providence Senior High School. Mr. Arnold continued his education at Belmont Abbey College where he received a basketball scholarship and played varsity basketball for four years. He was a member of Phi Kappa Theta national fraternity and graduated from the Belmont Abbey College Honors Institute. After graduating cum laude from Belmont Abbey College with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy, Mr. Arnold attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Brad Smith is one of the founding members of Arnold & Smith, PLLC in North Carolina. As a litigator, Mr. Smith has dedicated his career to advocating for individuals in courtrooms throughout North Carolina. He focuses his practice on representing individuals charged with DWI / DUI, felonies, misdemeanors, and federal criminal charges.
Mr. McArdle has lived in Charlotte since 1979. He attended Saint Gabriel Catholic School and Charlotte Catholic High School. After graduating from high school in 1987, Mr. McArdle attended the University of North Carolina. At Chapel Hill, he played on the Junior Varsity Basketball Team and served on the UNC Supreme Court.
Mr. Thompson is a native Floridian having grown up in Fort Lauderdale. After graduating with honors from Fort Lauderdale Christian School, he was offered placement in the Honors Program at the University of Georgia. Following receipt of his undergraduate degree in Political Science, he remained in Athens and received his law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. During that time he was also an officer in the Demosthenian Society in which he focused on oral argument and debate.
Raised in nearby Kannapolis, North Carolina, Ronnie Crisco is a proud alumnus of A.L. Brown High School. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a degree in Public Policy Studies in 2002. He received his law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. While in law school, Mr. Crisco competed nationally as a member of the UNC Mock Trial Team, assisted indigent clients through the UNC Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, and served as editor on the UNC Journal of Law and Technology.
Anastasia Cowan pursued her undergraduate degree at Ohio State University. She was a resident advisor, a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society, and a member of the Women’s Glee Club. While at Ohio State, Ms. Cowan was able to sing in various places throughout the United States and had the opportunity to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Ashley Crowder is a native Charlottean. While growing up in Charlotte, she attended Paw Creek Elementary, Piedmont Open Middle School and graduated from West Mecklenburg High School as salutatorian. She left North Carolina to pursue undergraduate studies at Tulane University of New Orleans, where during her freshman year Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, forcing her to return home for the fall semester.
Courtney Carter is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has resided in the Charlotte area since 2011. Prior to relocating to Charlotte, Courtney pursued her undergraduate degree at Kent State University. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Management with a focus of Pre-Law in three years.
Mr. Harris was born and raised in Charlotte along with his eight brothers and sisters. After attending Piedmont Open Middle, he attended and graduated from Woodberry Forest School in Orange, Virginia. Mr. Harris then attended Duke University, where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Paul Tharp grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from high school, Mr. Tharp continued his education at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he received a basketball scholarship and played varsity basketball for three years. Mr. Tharp graduated magna cum laude from UNCW with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy. He then attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Corey Noland was born and raised in Union County and attended Hickory Grove Christian School. Mr. Noland continued his education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. At the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mr. Noland was the President of the UNCC Mock Trial Team, a member of the Judicial Board Panel, and was on the Chancellor’s List for each semester.
Rebecca Bee grew up in Ontario, Canada, moving to Michigan in 2013. She graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University with a degree in Political Science in 2017. While at Michigan State University, Rebecca interned for the Honorable Judge Rosemarie E. Aquilina.
Will Shelley grew up in Cabarrus County and graduated from Jay M. Robinson High School in Concord. He attended Furman University on scholarship and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in History.
Pamela Williams grew up in Halifax County, North Carolina and graduated as valedictorian of her class from Southeast Halifax High School. She attended East Carolina University on scholarship and graduated with honors earning a B.S. in History Education.
Samantha Jackson was born and raised in Union County. She attended Weddington Middle School and went to high school at Central Academy for Technology and Arts in Monroe. Samantha originally wanted to pursue a stage acting career and was named Best Actress in North Carolina and Best Supporting Actress in the Southeast for her performances. Once she decided to pursue a law degree, she knew that she could put her acting skills to use by representing clients in a courtroom.
Jennifer Shephard is originally from Long Island, New York, but relocated to North Carolina in 2017. Prior to attending law school, Jennifer attended Hofstra University where she was pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Jennifer was a member of Phi Alpha Delta and competed in mock trial competition at American University in Washington D.C. In her final year, Jennifer was offered the unique chance to attend Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center prior to completing her undergraduate degree.
Ms. Ericson grew up in Woodbury, New York and lived and worked for many years in Manhattan before moving to North Carolina. She received her B.A. from Binghamton University, majoring in Comparative Literature and Philosophy, and an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She received her law degree from Fordham University School of Law where she served as Associate Editor of the Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal and was very active in Moot Court.