Meet Brooke Driver (JD ’19)

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Brooke Driver (JD ’19) talks about her second-year law school summer position at Red Hat. She also talks about her decision to attend Wake Forest School of Law.

Where do you call home?

Raleigh, North Carolina

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

Appalachian State University

Are you working your 2L summer?

Yes, I am working at Red Hat as a legal intern.

Are you working in a specific area of law?

I’m working primarily in open source software licensing. I find it interesting, because so much of the technology used by major companies and in our daily lives utilizes open source software.

Describe a typical day at your summer position.

I spend my day working on projects for our team, conducting research, creating presentations, writing, and attending meetings.

Did you work your 1L summer?

Yes, I worked in-house at TrialCard, a pharmaceutical solutions company outside of Raleigh. I did a lot of contract analysis, negotiation, and risk management. It was there that I got a project on open source licenses, which is what sparked my interest in this area of law and led to my job at Red Hat.

Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?

The environment at Wake Forest immediately felt like home. Everyone in admissions was so friendly. They immediately knew me and my background. It felt like everyone genuinely welcomes you into the Wake Forest Law family.

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

My most memorable experience was doing my first “Know Your Rights” presentation for the Pro Bono Project. It reminded me of why I originally wanted to come to law school.

What are you involved in outside the classroom?

I’m the managing editor of the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy and the president of Phi Alpha Delta. I am also a teaching assistant for Professor Russell Gold’s Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (LAWR) class as well as a research assistant for Professor Gold. 2L year I was one of two project coordinators for “Know Your Rights.”

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

I enjoy finding new places to get coffee or eat with my friends.

Where do you want your law degree to take you?

I don’t want to plan too specifically. I’ve learned that life never works out the way I plan – it’s always something I didn’t expect that I find I’m the most excited about. With that said, I come from a business background, and I loved that. I have enjoyed doing corporate law both summers and hope to be able to continue doing corporate law. Mostly I hope to be able to take those experiences and use my background to be able to attack problems from all angles.