Chris earned his juris doctor from the UNC School of Law. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor of science in business administration, double majoring in economics and marketing.
After college, Chris worked for a year at a marketing company in Winston-Salem, his hometown. But he quickly realized he didn’t want to spend his career in that field.
While in law school, Chris completed 137 hours of pro bono work, volunteering his legal expertise to help people.
He was a volunteer researcher for Organize Against Racism – The Campaign for Racial Equity in Our Schools. Specifically, he contributed to a report that examined racial inequality in the local school system and provided recommendations to the school board on how to make improvements.
In law school, Chris had internships with the N.C. Justice Center and the UNC Center for Civil Rights, and he also interned with the UNC School of Law Civil Legal Assistance Clinic. Those internships provided him with hands-on experience working directly with clients in landlord-tenant disputes and civil rights claims. He also had the opportunity to work on cases involving constitutional claims related to university admissions policies and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
At UNC, Chris won the Eugene Gressman & Daniel H. Pollitt Appellate Advocacy Award for Best Appellant Argument. He was a competing member of the Holderness Moot Court Corporate Team.
As a college student in Boone, Chris ran and won a seat on the Watauga County Soil and Water Conservation District Board in a write-in campaign. He served on the board along with four farmers, providing financial assistance to local farms that wanted to implement water quality improvement and soil erosion protection projects on their land.