Jackson A. Lanier


Jackson Lanier is a third-year law student at North Carolina Central University and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media. He is a first-generation college and law student, as well as a former manager for the UNC Football Team. He’s a hard-working individual with a strong work ethic and exceptional communication skills.


  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, adept at collaborating with legal professionals and engaging non-legal audiences.
  • Proven ability to thrive in fast-paced environments, maintaining high professionalism and meeting tight deadlines.
  • Strong legal writing and communication skills, evidenced by publication in law journals and media outlets.
  • Skilled in translating complex legal concepts into clear, accessible language for diverse audiences.
  • Dynamic self-starter with a proactive approach to challenges and a passion for achieving results.
  • Proficient in legal research including the use of platforms like LexisNexis and Westlaw.
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).


Juris Doctor

North Carolina Central University • Durham, NC • 2024 • Top 25% of Class

Bachelor of Arts in Media and Journalism

Minor in United States History • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • Chapel Hill, NC • 2021 • 3.54


North Carolina Central Law Review

Articles Editor — August 2022 – Present, Durham, NC

  • Manage a team of 18, providing mentorship, guidance, and coaching.
  • Conduct a comprehensive review and evaluation of the 200+ articles submitted for publication consideration.
  • Edit selected articles in accordance with Bluebook style to improve readability, maintain style and formatting, and ensure accuracy and completeness of content.

Red Hat, Inc.

Trademark and Copyright Intern — May 2023 – August 2023, Raleigh, NC

  • Performed trademark clearance searches.
  • Drafted cease and desist letters as well as responses to third-party demand letters.
  • Monitored copyright and trademark compliance by third parties and investigated potential infringements.
  • Collaborated with cross-functional teams, such as marketing and product development, to provide guidance on IP matters.
  • Advised manager on solutions to assigned legal issues after conducting thorough research.
  • Drafted and revised trademark guidelines for open-source projects and communities.

Roupas Law Firm, PLLC

Summer Associate — May 2022 – August 2022, Greensboro, NC

  • Conducted legal research and analysis on state and federal statutory and case law for family law and civil litigation cases.
  • Assisted with pre-trial discovery, including drafting interrogatories, document review, and document preparation for trial.
  • Drafted various legal documents, including pleadings, motions, and settlement agreements in support of civil litigation cases.

Carolina Week / UNC Media Hub

Multimedia Journalist — January 2020 – May 2021, Chapel Hill, N.C.

  • Produced over 20 news stories for media outlets such as WRAL and 97.9 WCHL, reaching an audience of over 6 million.
  • Managed and prioritized interviewing, research, fact-checking, and deadlines in a fast-paced news environment.
  • Translated legal concepts into accessible narratives to convey intricate information to diverse audiences.

UNC Football Team

Film Manager — March 2018 – May 2021, Chapel Hill, NC

  • Coordinated all video-related logistics for both home and away games.
  • Maintained effective communication with coaches and department coworkers, ensuring clear expectations.
  • Served as the primary point of contact for visiting team staff, promoting positive relationships between teams.


Practice Ready Certification

Certified in the skills necessary to complete top-level legal research.

Prepare to Practice Certification

Thompson Reuters
Certified in the use of Westlaw and to conduct efficient legal research.


North Carolina Teen Court Programs

NCCU Pro Bono Director – August 2013 – Present

• Teen Court is a diversion program for first-time juvenile offenders that utilizes restorative justice and peer empowerment to reduce juvenile recidivism and promote accountability and rehabilitation.
• Currently volunteering with the Durham County Teen Court Program.
• Advise the program coordinator and high school volunteers on legal procedures.
• Mentor volunteers on public speaking, the law, and strategies for effective arguments.

Victory Junction

Volunteer – Summer 2018 and Summer 2019, Randleman, NC

  • Victory Junction is a nonprofit camp for children with chronic or serious medical conditions that offers them a normal camp experience through specialized programs and activities.
  • Demonstrated exceptional attention to detail and creativity while working independently with minimal supervision.
  • Fostered a supportive and inclusive environment while working closely with children with disabilities and their families.
  • Gained valuable experience in disability advocacy, community outreach, and nonprofit management.


Silver Congressional Award

Congressional Award Foundation

Awarded to me for my extensive community service combating juvenile delinquency through my local Teen Court program.

Stembler Scholar

UNC-Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism and Media

The school’s highest honor for undergraduate students was awarded to me for being one of the top students in the school.

George H. White Scholar

George H. White Bar Association

Awarded for my academic excellence and community service.


Soft Skills:

Teamwork, Professionalism, Ethical, Trustworthy, Dependable, Communicator, Multi Tasker, Stringent Deadline, Prioritize Workload, Timely Manner, Organized, Attention Detail, Positive Attitude, Patience, Flexibility, Fast Pace, Flexible, Fast Learner, Resourceful


Lexis+, Westlaw Edge, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft OneDrive, Zoom, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Drive, Google Slides, Gmail, Adobe Suite, Adobe Acrobat

Hard Skills:

Memo Drafting, Case Briefing, Complaint drafting, Case file management, Client letter drafting, Motion drafting, Statutory interpretation, Legal research, Cease and Desist Letters, copyright registration, trademark clearance, trademark portfolio management