Wilson native Kevin Smith earns law degree

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Fike High School and Wake University graduate Kevin Smith has earned his juris doctor degree from Boston University and was a student speaker during the May 20 law school convocation.

Smith is a native of Wilson and son of Sherreia Jackson and Michael Smith.

During law school, Smith served as co-president of the Black Law Student Association and as an articles editor for the Journal of Science and Technology.

In 2017, Smith was part of a multidisciplinary team that won the Harvard Business School Pitch Black competition, a hackathon-style event focused on developing solutions to issues currently facing underserved communities. The contest was co-sponsored by the city of Chicago, the Ford Foundation and NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Smith graduated from Wake Forest in 2012 with a bachelor’s in English and political science. As an undergraduate, he wrote for the campus newspaper and literary magazine and competed on the track team as a sprinter and member of relays that recorded multiple top-five finishes in ACC championship meets.

In 2013, Smith moved to Boston to advance his career in nonprofit fundraising. He also worked in the technology sector before entering law school in 2015.

In addition to serving as student speaker for the Boston University School of Law’s JD class, Smith received the Emmanuel Hewlett Award. Named for the first black BU Law graduate, the award honors a student who exemplifies academic and service excellence.

He is joining the Goodwin Procter law firm as a corporate associate and plans to focus on technology, emerging companies, venture capital and private equity.