Jackson A. Lanier
- He’s a Juris Doctor Candidate at North Carolina Central University.
- He’s volunteered with Teen Court Programs since 2013.
- He’s a recipient of the Silver Congressional Award.
- He’s a first-generation college and law student.
Meet Jackson Lanier, a second-year law student at North Carolina Central University, who is on a mission to make a difference in the world of law. As a first-generation college student, Jackson’s journey has been anything but conventional. However, his passion for law and his dedication to serving the community have always been unwavering.
Jackson’s love for the law began during his high school years when he volunteered with the Teen Court program in his local community. Working with first-time juvenile offenders ignited his curiosity in the field and fueled his desire to become an attorney. Jackson’s exemplary work ethic and dedication to community service earned him the Silver Congressional Award, a rare honor given to youth who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made an impact on their community.
As an undergraduate at UNC-Chapel Hill, Jackson honed his skills as a journalist, covering a wide range of topics, including healthcare, politics, and education. His exceptional writing skills and work ethic earned him the prestigious Stembler Scholar award, the Hussman School of Journalism and Media’s highest honor.
Now, as a law student, Jackson continues to excel in his academics and extracurricular activities. He is currently a Staff Editor for Volume 45 of the North Carolina University Law Review, and is a published author. He also serves as the NCCU Teen Court Pro Bono Director, a role that allows him to give back to the program that inspired his passion for law. Additionally, he mentors high school students who aspire to attend law school, providing them with the guidance and skills necessary to succeed.
When Jackson is not busy with his studies and extracurricular activities, he enjoys kayaking, exploring the North Carolina Museum of History and Museum of Art, and experimenting with virtual reality technology. His passion for technology and its potential for transformative impact aligns with his commitment to making the world a better and more engaging place.
As Jackson approaches the end of his law school journey, he remains committed to his goal of becoming an attorney and using his skills to make a difference in the community. He is eager to tackle the challenges that lie ahead and is determined to make his mark in the world of law.