Cameo Joseph, a rising third-year student at the University of South Carolina School of Law, was selected to participate in the American Bar Association Business Law Section Diversity Clerkship Program. The elite program accepts fewer than 10 students each year from applicants across the country, and Joseph is the second consecutive student from the School of Law to receive one of its clerkships.
A Greenville native, Joseph graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Language and International Health (Spanish). She began her Diversity Clerkship on June 22 with the Hon. Clifton Newman, a circuit court judge with the South Carolina Judicial Department in Columbia. She has a strong interest in business law and believes this clerkship will help her decide in which area she will focus her practice after graduation. “I learn so much from Judge Newman each day. He’s brilliant and has proved to be a great mentor,” Joseph said. “I’m honored to have this chance to experience business law from a judge’s perspective and to be able take what I have learned in the classroom and apply it to practical situations.”
Tommy Preston, an associate at Nexsen Pruet and a 2011 alum of the School of Law, encouraged Joseph to apply for the clerkship. “Tommy became one of my mentors during my first year of law school,” she said. “He is heavily involved with the ABA, including the Young Lawyers Division and the Business Law Section, and his encouragement meant a lot to me.”
“This program is very prestigious, and I thought Cameo had what it takes to compete with applicants from around the country,” Preston said. “She has a great opportunity to get more exposure to business law while building a network that hopefully will result in her getting a great job upon graduation.”
“Having two USC students receive clerkships in consecutive years shows the national quality of our law school and its students,” he said.
The ABA Business Law Section sponsors the clerkship program to encourage participation in business law by students who are minorities, female or LGBT, or who have overcome social, economic or physical disadvantages to attend law school. Students are placed in clerkships with business court judges in various locations, and they participate in researching cases, drafting memoranda and opinions, observing trials and networking with attorneys and judges.
Amanda Reasoner, a 2015 graduate of the School of Law, was a 2014 Diversity Clerk. She worked with the Hon. Donald F. Parsons, Jr., in Wilmington, Del.