The Forrest Firm’s Quintin Byrd will feature along with a host of distinguished alumni at the North Carolina Central University School of Law’s inaugural Alumni Association Continuing Legal Education.
This CLE will cover a variety of topics, including launching a solo practice, navigating law in the minority, legal challenges for university general counsels, and the ethics of becoming and being a judge. Mr. Byrd will serve as one of four speakers on a panel that will discuss appellate practice and offer tips for active or aspiring appellate practitioners. The panel includes appellate practitioners, as well as former state and federal appellate law clerks. The day will feature welcome remarks from NCCU Chancellor Johnson Akinleye and Phyllis Craig-Taylor, Dean of the Law School at NCCU, in addition to members of the judiciary branch of North Carolina from district courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court.
Founded in 1939, the School of Law at North Carolina Central University in Durham is affiliated with one of the premier historically black colleges and universities in the country. Notable alumni include North Carolina Representative G. K. Butterfield, Maynard Jackson, the first African-American mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, and former North Carolina Governor Mike Easley.
Quintin Byrd is a 2012 summa cum laude graduate of the NCCU School of Law, where he served on the NC Central Law Review and as president of the school’s chapter of the Christian Legal Society. He began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Samuel J. Ervin, IV at the North Carolina Court of Appeals before serving as Assistant District Attorney for North Carolina’s Seventh Prosecutorial District based in Wilson. In 2015, Mr. Byrd went into private practice, where he represented clients on the federal and state trial and appellate level, as well as before the Office of Administrative Hearings. He also worked with licensed professionals, representing them before boards and commissions having regulatory oversight. Mr. Byrd also provided outside general counsel services to multiple public bodies.
In the summer of 2017, Mr. Byrd joined the Forrest Firm’s litigation practice, where he represents clients at all stages of civil and administrative litigation, from pre-filing negotiations to appeals. He also advises professionals subject to regulatory oversight, such as physicians, dentists, nurses, and professional engineers, while also representing them before applicable boards and commissions.
“I loved my time at NCCU, and going to law school there equipped me for work with both the courts and in private practice,” said Byrd. “Any time I have the opportunity to give back to the Law School, I will, and it’s an honor to stand beside so many distinguished alumni and representatives from all corners of the state’s legal system. I am really looking forward to this CLE event and giving a helping hand to fellow practitioners.”
For more information on the North Carolina Central University School of Law and its programs, visit www.law.nccu.edu.