Meet Cody Davis – OJD’s 2017 Fall Intern

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Cody Davis will be joining the office this fall as our new intern.  Cody is a third-year law student at Campbell University School of Law.

While in law school, Cody also received his Master’s of Public Administration from North Carolina State University.  Prior to law school, Cody received his Bachelor’s from North Carolina State University where he studied political science with minors in criminology and philosophy.  Cody has previously worked at the Legislative Analysis Division of the North Carolina General Assembly where he had the opportunity to experience the passage of North Carolina’s Raise-the-Age provisions and compile some research on juvenile jurisdiction across the country.  Cody also had the opportunity to shadow a juvenile defense attorney while he was in college.  In the community, Cody is a volunteer judge for Capital Area Teen Court and serves as the Assistant Director for the Campbell Law School’s Pro Bono Council.

Cody has always had an interest in juvenile delinquency issues, and that is what caused him to pursue a legal education.  Even before law school, Cody’s undergraduate coursework included the topic of juvenile delinquency; and in graduate school, one of Cody’s policy analysis research projects was a program evaluation of teen court programs.  Though Cody has lived in Raleigh for several years, he is originally from Archdale, N.C. and comes from a large, close family.

Also joining the office with Cody is his guide dog Bingo, an 8-year-old black lab.  Bingo is a graduate of Southeastern Guide Dogs; and her interests include eating, sleeping, and sniffing.

Meet OJD’s 2017 Summer Intern, Jonathon Woodruff

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Jonathon Woodruff is a 23-year-old native of Winston-Salem, N.C.  He moved to Durham, N.C. to attend North Carolina Central University and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology.  Jonathon then moved to Raleigh, N.C. and enrolled at Campbell University School of Law.  He is a rising 3L student and will serve as the President of the Black Law Student Association and a 3L Representative to the Student Bar Association this upcoming year.  Jonathon has previously interned with Attorney Louis Woodruff and the Wake County Family Court.  He desires to practice in both criminal defense and family law.

Meet Evan Lee – OJD’s 2016 Summer Intern


Evan Lee is a rising third year student at Campbell Law School. Originally from Greenville, North Carolina, Evan moved to Raleigh in 2007 to attend North Carolina State University. After receiving a degree in History and Social Studies education, he taught social studies at Heritage High School and Broughton High School in Wake County. Evan previously interned with the Department of Public Instruction in the Summer of 2015 and again in the Spring of 2016.  Evan received a public law interest grant from the A.J. Fletcher Foundation for working with the Office of the Juvenile Defender this summer.

Evan is recently married to his beautiful wife Megan. Megan is a practice representative for Bariatric Specialists of NC in Cary.


Meet OJD Spring Intern Habekah Cannon


Habekah Cannon is a second-year law student at North Carolina Central School of Law. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the esteemed Hampton University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. She was motivated to enroll in law school out of a love for public service and desire to advocate for juveniles.

Habekah is very passionate about promoting positive change in the juvenile justice system. In addition to law school, Habekah serves as a Guardian ad Litem in Durham County, where she advocates on behalf of abused and neglected children. She also volunteers at the Durham County Youth Home, where she works with juveniles to encourage positive behavior and self-image.

As an intern with the Office of the Juvenile Defender, her goal is to complement the mission of the office by assisting with matters that pertain to juvenile policy through legal research and memorandums, as well as gain valuable insight into the nuances of representing juveniles involved in delinquency matters.

Meet OJD’s 2015 Fall Intern Allie Maccioli


My name is Alexandra (Allie) Michelle Maccioli. I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and attended St. David’s high school and graduated in 2010. After high school, I studied at the University of South Carolina where I double majored in Political Science and Criminal Justice.  I graduated in 2014 and began at Campbell Law School, where I am currently a 2L. From a young age I knew I wanted a career with the law; I was especially eager about the criminal sector. I worked in the Solicitor’s Office in Columbia, South Carolina during my college career, where I solidified that passion for criminal law. I am hoping to grow my knowledge and experience in working at the Office of the Juvenile Defender, in order to become the zealous advocate that all clients deserve.

Meet OJD’s 2015 Summer Interns

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Katie Tysinger is a rising 3L student at Campbell Law, and recently joined the Office of the Juvenile Defender as a summer intern. Originally from Cary NC, Katie attended the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!), where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology. Upon graduating, she made the decision to return to the Raleigh area and attend Campbell Law to pursue a career in juvenile justice. Katie’s specific interests within the juvenile justice field include raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 18 for youthful misdemeanants, diminishing the school-to-prison pipeline, implementing restorative justice practices into the juvenile court system, and the avoidance of long-term confinement of youthful offenders in correctional facilities/solitary confinement.

At Campbell Law, Katie is actively involved with the Juvenile Justice Project. JJP serves as a diversion program for first-time youthful offenders, and receives referrals from intake counselors and the local school system concerning juveniles accused of criminal activity or disruptive behavior. Based on the theory of restorative justice, JJP focuses on helping youthful offenders understand how their actions have impacted others as well as themselves. The program strives to bring victims and offenders together in an effort to foster collaborative healing, rather than specifically seeking punishment for the offender. In addition to JJP, Katie is also involved with the Child Permanency Appeals Project, Wake County Teen Court, Campbell Law Innocence Project, and Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Prior to interning with the Office of the Juvenile Defender, Katie interned in the areas of family law, juvenile abuse/neglect/dependency, and adult criminal defense. Experience in these other areas of law broadened Katie’s knowledge pertaining to her specific interests within the juvenile system, as the fields are often intertwined.

Katie is a passionate advocate for juvenile justice, and is excited to continue pursuing a career in the juvenile justice field!


Erica Long-Ellis is currently a rising 3L at the North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is originally from Charlotte and before transferring to North Carolina Central University School of Law she attended the Charlotte School of Law.  Erica received her Undergraduate Degree from Western Carolina University in Business Administration and Law. She has a passion for working with children, and currently serves as a Guardian ad Litem advocate for children in Wake County. Erica will soon be working with North Carolina Central University School of Law Professor Nelwyn Mpare to begin implementing a Program that will be included in the school’s Juvenile Clinic which will allow youth in the community to learn their rights when interacting with Law Enforcement. Once she graduates from law school she hopes to become a Juvenile Public Defender in either the Raleigh or Charlotte areas.


Our office hosts interns and externs from law schools across the state throughout the year. Our interns work on a variety of policy and training issues that assist North Carolina Juvenile Defenders to better advocate for their clients. We are currently accepting resumes for interns for the Spring 2015 semester, as well as Summer 2015. Take a look around our website, and if you are currently enrolled in law school and are interested in working with our office, please send your cover letter and resume to