Posted: November 9th, 2020
Megan Abney’s (JD ’23) experience as a foster parent and teacher solidified her desire to become a child advocacy attorney, beginning with her current training to become a court-appointed advocate for children.
Where do you call home?
Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?
Southeastern Louisiana University
What year will you graduate from Wake Forest Law?
Describe any experiences prior to law school that influenced your decision to go to law school. Why did it inspire you?
Before coming to Wake Forest, I was a teacher and a foster parent. I always wanted to be able to do more for children, and I felt that I could be a better advocate for our youngest members of the community if I pursued a law degree.
Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?
I know the importance of small classes and a strong community. I wanted a place where I would be supported and could support others.
Describe the Wake Forest community. Provide specific examples if possible.
Wake Forest’s community is uplifting and supportive. Several students in my class organize open-invite study groups. Our teaching assistants (TA) are sympathetic to the 1L struggle and provide detailed, motivating feedback during Zoom office hours. Even though a lot of our socialization has been remote, I still feel like I’m part of a caring community.
What is your most memorable experience during law school (thus far)? What makes it so memorable?
My most memorable experience so far is being on the podium in Professor Park’s class. It’s tough being put on the spot and answering questions in front of the whole class, but I felt more confident after “surviving.”
Describe any experiences that prepared you and/or made you excited to attend law school.
When I taught the Greek play Antigone, I presided as a judge for a mock trial in which students had to determine if Creon was responsible for Antigone’s death. For one day, the classroom was transformed into a courtroom and the students took on the roles of prosecution, defense, witnesses, and jury. It was a fun and exciting introduction to the elements of a trial, and it actually ended up being useful for me as well.
On a more serious note, accompanying children in foster care to court made me realize how stressful and scary it can be for kids. They deserve to have someone who will make their voice heard.
What are you involved in outside the classroom (i.e. student organizations, pro bono project, intramural sports, etc.?) How does this add value to your overall law school experience?
Along with another Wake Forest Law Student, I am currently in training for Guardian Ad Litem with Forsyth County. As court-appointed advocates, we will be helping to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in our community. I am thankful to have an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life while getting experience for the future.
Do you have a faculty mentor? If so, who and why? How does it add value to your student experience?
I love talking with Professor Graham! She is a Wake Forest Law graduate who practiced family law before becoming a professor. She always has valuable insights.
What do you do for fun in Winston-Salem when you aren’t studying?
Divine Llama Vineyard is my favorite place to relax. All stress melts away when you pet a llama.
Where do you want your law degree to take you?
Becoming a child advocacy attorney is my goal right now, but I’m open to other opportunities. I feel that as long as I put others first, I’ll end up where I need to be.