Meet Tyler Potts (JD ’19)

Photo of Tyler Potts (JD '19) studying outside the Worrell Professional Center.

Tyler Potts (JD ’19) talks about his summer position at the Conserving Carolina and his decision to attend Wake Forest School of Law.

Where do you call home?

I have moved 14 times, but if I had to pick a place, it would be Akron, Ohio.

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

John Carroll University

Are you working your 2L summer?

Yes. I am an intern with Conserving Carolina in Asheville, North Carolina.

Are you working in a specific area of law?

We deal with a lot of different legal areas in land conservation, mostly real estate, and some tax law.

Describe a typical day at your summer position.

It features a lot of different experiences. One day I might be in the office researching new legal issues that land trusts face, the next I might be out in the field monitoring conservation easements, which essentially means hiking our current properties to ensure compliance with the terms of the easement. Some days I help with policy efforts like reaching out to law makers, and others I help edit easements. It is truly a mixed bag and not limited to just “legal” work in the traditional sense.

Did you work your 1L summer?

I worked at a civil and family law non-profit, where I helped with client intake, drafting court documents, attending court appearances, and helping with administrative tasks. We mainly did divorce, child custody, and some landlord-tenant law.

Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?

I loved that it was close to my parents in Raleigh, I loved the beauty of the campus, and I loved and still love the people in the law school.

Describe the Wake Forest community.

I often hear horror stories about law schools being cut-throat, but Wake Forest law students seem to me to be in it together.

What is your most memorable experience during law school (thus far)?

Being in class for the 2017 Solar Eclipse! It is a once in a lifetime thing.

What are you involved in outside the classroom?

I play ice hockey for the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Wake Forest Ice Hockey team. I played during my undergraduate years and I played junior A ice hockey after high school, so it was awesome being able to continue to play competitively.

What do you do for fun in Winston-Salem when you aren’t studying?

I go to Camino Bakery and the Winston-Salem Annex to skate.

Where do you want your law degree to take you?

I would love to work in conservation, but I have interest in either family law, non-profit law, or environmental law. Time will tell where I end up.