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First Year Attorney Achieves Dual Accomplishments

First Year Attorney Achieves Dual Accomplishments

Oct. 13, 2010

Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney demonstrates ambitious goal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte attorney Deviré Robinson, a member of Smith Moore Leatherwood’s litigation group, doesn't let grass grow under his feet. Since graduating from law school in 2009, Robinson has already passed two state bar examinations and completed the rigorous 403 trial requirement for the state of South Carolina.

Admitted to the North Carolina bar in 2009, Robinson passed his second state bar examination in February for the state of South Carolina, which will now allow him to practice in both states. More recently, Robinson completed his 403 trial requirement in South Carolina.

The 403 rule for the South Carolina Judicial Department states that while an attorney may have passed the state bar exam, they must complete four areas of trial experience and be approved by the South Carolina Supreme Court before they appear as sole counsel in a hearing, trial, or deposition.

"Passing any state bar examination is an accomplishment," said Rob Marcus, chairman of the firm's management committee, "but being admitted to two different states within one year is exceptional. We applaud Robinson's intelligence and hard work, and are pleased to have him as part of our litigation practice."

Robinson graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2006 where he was a Morehead scholar, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2009. During his time at Penn Law he was very active in the school’s Mediation Clinic and completed over 85 hours of pro bono work. He was also the associate editor for the school's Journal of Business and Employment Law.

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