My name is Shannon Fitzpatrick, and I am one of several new faces among the faculty and staff here at Charlotte School of Law. I am a reference librarian, and I come in several hours per week to assist students, faculty, attorney members, and public patrons with their legal research needs. This position is a great fit for me as I truly enjoy both legal research and working with others.
When I am not here, I am at my law office in Cornelius where I have a small civil litigation practice. Although being a solo practitioner requires a lot of hard work and self-discipline, it also provides a lot of freedom and flexibility to engage in activities and other types of work I also enjoy (such as working at Charlotte Law!). In addition, I participate in various pro bono projects through the Young Lawyers Division in Mecklenburg County.
Before opening my office and working at Charlotte Law, I studied for, took, and passed the North Carolina bar exam after moving from Jacksonville, Florida to Charlotte, North Carolina. I graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with Moot Court Honors and a certificate in Advanced Legal Research, Writing, and Drafting. During law school, my work experience included a judicial externship with a state judge, a summer externship with a county attorney, and a clerkship with a private firm in downtown Jacksonville.
Prior to law school, I lived and went to college in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I am a proud graduate of Appalachian State University where I studied Communication and English, played Division I Women’s Field Hockey, and worked part-time at a small law firm. If or when I had downtime, I liked to hike or ski, depending on the season.
Now, I enjoy my downtime by reading, taking yoga classes, and spending time with my fiancé Tom and our two dogs Maggie and Rudy. Tom and I are getting married on August 25, 2012 in my hometown of Hershey, Pennsylvania. Although we stay busy with work, wedding planning, and watching college football (namely Tom’s alma mater, Notre Dame… Go Irish!), our first priority is making time for our friends and family.
I look forward to the New Year, and I expect that 2012 will provide many opportunities to meet and get to know the friendly folks at Charlotte Law.