Nicole Little gained her start as a grass root organizer in Winston-Salem, North Carolina when she chose to translate her raw spirit of advocacy into the strategic language of the black letter law. She is deeply passionate about bridging the gap between the legal system and laypersons, and creating a necessary space to discuss, deliberate, and critically analyze the practical impact of federal and state laws on every day persons.
Ms. Little is a second-year law student at North Carolina Central University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina. During her time in law school, she has had the opportunity to study various legal areas. Her favorites include: Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, and Constitutional Law. Notably, Ms. Little received a book award in Torts and Civil Procedure, which means that she earned the highest grade in those respective classes. She is also a Civil Procedure tutor at NCCU Law. Ms. Little holds several positions at NCCU Law, including:
- President of the 2L Class Council;
- Staff Editor for NCCU Law Review, Vol. 38;
- Interschool Competition Coordinator for NCCU’s Trial Advocacy Board; and
- member of Phi Delta Phi (a legal honor society).
Last summer, Ms. Little clerked for a civil rights organization in Washington, D.C., which is one of several legal nonprofits leading the charge in federal voting rights litigation in North Carolina. Moreover, she spent time as a summer associate with a civil litigation firm, where she gained hands-on experience regarding the rules of Civil Procedure.
Prior to law school, Ms. Little attended Wake Forest University, and earned her bachelors in Sociology with a concentration in Crime and Criminal Justice. During her time at Wake, she was heavily involved with the Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice, and organized campus forums focusing on issues of capital punishment, wrongful convictions, and racial profiling. Shortly after graduation, Ms. Little galvanized close to 1,500 supporters to a candlelight vigil on the streets of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Winston-Salem, NC after the verdict involving the death of Trayvon Martin. Inspired by the history of social progression of her hometown, she continues to volunteer with several non-profits, such as Authoring Action, art-based nonprofit exposing inner city youth to spoken word.
Ms. Little is the inaugural recipient of Wake Forest Sociology Department’s Community Engagement Award and Women and Genders Studies’ Senior Leadership Award. She is also a member of the Public Leadership Education Network, based in Washington, D.C., Phi Delta Phi, Black Law Students Association, and the Winston Salem Urban League Young Professionals, where she is actively involved on the Civic and Political Engagement committee.