Where did she come from?
2020 North Carolina Super Lawyer Rising Star, Anitra K. Brown, Esq., earned her Juris Doctorate from Campbell University Law School in Raleigh, NC in 2014. Prior to law school, she obtained a Masters degree in Public Administration along with a Bachelor of Arts in French with a minor in English from Grambling State University. She is a native of Southern California.
While at Campbell Law, Anitra was elected the Student Director of the Pro Bono Council and redesigned the program’s structure to increase programming. With leadership and support from the newly installed Dean Richard Leonard, the Pro Bono Council’s programming increased from no official projects to five pro bono projects by the end of the 2013/2014 school year.
The inaugural project, the Reentry Project, won the NCBA Student Pro Bono Project of the Year the following year—a first for the law school. The program now boasts over 13 projects using Anitra’s innovative system. The success of the program also set the stage for the Blanchard Community Law Clinic that opened in downtown Raleigh in September 2016.
Upon graduating and passing the North Carolina bar exam, Anitra opened her own solo practice. By the end of 2014, she began practicing employment discrimination law and nonprofit law. She has represented clients through the EEOC process as well as administrative, state, and federal cases. She created a signature process that taught clients how to gather evidence at work. This produced astounding results as clients began building stronger cases while still at work.
She quickly became the Chair of the Starting Out Solo committee of the Solo, Small Firm, and General Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. In 2016, the NCBA invited Anitra to lead the Future of Law subcommittee of the Internet and Regulations Task Force wherein Anitra led the research and reporting efforts to the Board of Governors concerning legal innovation.
In 2017, Anitra began to make her way back to higher education as an Admissions Counselor at Campbell Law. She then transitioned to Washington, D.C. when she was invited to become the Assistant Director of Admissions at Howard University School of Law. Anitra has already contributed to the second edition of “African American Entrepreneurship,” written by Howard University School of Law Professor, W. Sherman Rogers. She also mentors students and graduates in starting their own niche practices.
All the while, Attorney Anitra has continued to practice and innovate her firm. In addition to representing employees nation-wide in EEOC administrative matters, Attorney Anitra has also developed online educational products to teach employees about their rights.
Attorney Anitra currently sits on the Board of Visitors for Campbell University School of Law and has been recognized as a rising legal talent. The official announcement will made in January, 2020.
Shifted Lawyer was birthed out of Attorney Anitra's success with innovation and beating the odds stacked against entrepreneurs in the current legal environment. The key to her success has been finding a purpose, a niche, and combing them with dynamic branding techniques. She hopes to shift countless attorneys through the same transforming process by matchmaking them with their ideal niche.
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