A 2020 North Carolina Super Lawyer Rising Star, Anitra K. Brown, Esq. a Southern California native, is the Assistant Director of Admissions for Howard University School of Law. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Campbell University Law School in Raleigh, NC in 2014. Prior to law school, she obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration along with a Bachelor of Arts in French with a minor in English from Grambling State University.
In 2013, while attending Campbell Law, Ms. Brown was the first extern for the Honorable Judge Joe L. Webster of the Middle District of North Carolina, a federal magistrate judge. Under Judge Webster, Ms. Brown focused on Title VII opinions. Next, the Equal Opportunity Office of North Carolina's Office of State Personnel (now Office of State Human Resources) chose Ms. Brown as a summer intern to produce a report entitled African American Female Participation in North Carolina State Government. Ms. Brown culled through human resource data for over 100,000 employees and found specific areas of vulnerability. She then recommended solutions to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion. The North Carolina Society of Public Managers then invited Ms. Brown to speak at their annual conference giving guidance on the state's massive updates to its human resource statutes.
In her last year in law school, Ms. Brown 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 Ms. Brown’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 bar exam, Ms. Brown 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. Ms. Brown quickly became known for her ability to accurate predict organizational behaviors and coach her clients into strategically obtaining evidence to build strong cases.
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 Ms. Brown to lead the Future of Law subcommittee of the Internet and Regulations Task Force wherein Ms. Brown led the research and reporting efforts to the Board of Governors concerning legal innovation.
In 2017, Howard University School of Law invited Ms. Brown to join its staff as the Assistant Director of Admissions, where Ms. Brown has successfully recruited students passionate about civil rights and social engineering. Back in the organizational context, Ms. Brown has solidified her employment law models and solutions for creating strong cultures of diversity, equity, and inclusion.