Meet Abdellah Benadada (JD ’20)

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Abdellah Benadada (JD ’20) discovered an interest in employment law by pairing his professional experiences in Charlotte, NC with his studies in employment discrimination.

Where do you call home?

Ashburn, Virginia

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

Virginia Tech

Where are you working your 2L summer?

I’ll be a summer legal intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) headquarters in Washington, D.C. Specifically, I’ll be working in the Office of Commissioner Charlotte Burrows.

Are you interested in a specific area of law?

After taking employment discrimination with Professor Wendy Parker and working in-house at a corporation in Charlotte, NC. last summer, I’ve become interested in employment law. I’m excited to gain more relevant experience and knowledge in this area this summer at the EEOC.

What do you look forward to learning and experiencing in your summer position?

I’m very excited to assist the Office of Commissioner Burrows in reviewing, researching, and making recommendations on documents presented to the Commissioner for approval. Policy guidance, litigation recommendations, and federal sector appellate cases are just some of the documents I will be handling this summer. This will give me the opportunity to be exposed to and participate in potential policy changes and high-profile cases all in one summer.

Describe your 1L summer experience.

I worked as a legal intern with the legal department at Husqvarna Group’s North America Headquarters based in Charlotte. It was amazing to work in a corporate office for the first time and in an entirely new city to me. I enjoyed exploring the city and everything that it has to offer as well as getting to work on a variety of projects my very first summer in law school!

Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?

I decided to attend Wake Forest Law, because I wanted to go a school that was affordable to me and well-known and respected on a larger scale in case I wanted to go back to the Washington, D.C. metro area after graduation. Luckily, Wake Forest managed to meet all these requirements.

Describe the Wake Forest community.

Wake Forest is such a tight-knit community that’s competitive but still manages to be cordial and supportive. I remember 1L year when I missed class for a family emergency—I had several classmates from my section offer to send me their notes without me having to ask. This was so surprising to me after all the law school horror stories I heard prior to enrolling.

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

Law school has really been a memorable experience in and of itself. There are several different memories that come to mind personally, though. This year’s Esquires’ Evening was a lot of fun—getting dressed up and going out with my friends was a great way to celebrate being halfway through law school.

Taking employment discrimination in the fall, on the other hand, was memorable, because it helped me to discover a practice area that I was truly interested in and could see myself practicing after graduation. Finally, 1L year overall was memorable because of all the new experiences and genuine friends I made.

What are you involved in outside the classroom?

I was a 2L class representative for the Student Bar Association (SBA) this past school year, and I will be a 3L class representative this coming school year. I was recently elected Secretary of Phi Alpha Delta, our school’s legal fraternity. I’m also a student assistant in the Admissions Office. I enjoy participating in all of these extracurriculars, because they give me a chance to meet people that I wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity to meet. These experiences also allow me to give back to the school.

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

I enjoy spending time with my friends in downtown Winston-Salem and trying some of the new restaurants around the city. I also play on intramural soccer and kickball teams, which have been great ways to take a break from work and blow off steam.

Where do you want your law degree to take you?

I’m planning on ending up back in the Washington D.C. metro area working in employment law, or at least some sort of civil litigation, at a private practice firm. Eventually, I’m hoping this will provide the experience necessary to work as in-house counsel for a corporation.