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KENLY— Although Michael Carter of the Kenly and Micro area is a recent N.C. Central University law school graduate and expects to be entering the workforce in the near future, he feels his call to public service is the force that really drives him.
Carter, son of Mike and Elizabeth Carter, said his feelings about public service got a kickstart when he was in elementary school and served as a caregiver for his grandparents. It was also about this time that he became interested in the medical field.
Carter volunteered at Johnston Health in Smithfield beginning in his freshman year at North Johnston High School and continued right on through until the present.
“I wanted to be a doctor,” said Carter.
At North Johnston, Carter was in several organizations including the National Honor Society and served as the school’s Health Occupations Students of America chapter president.
During his sophomore year, Carter became involved in various public service projects including the Shelton Leadership Challenge, a leadership development program begun by Gen. Hugh Shelton for North Carolina high school students based upon the cornerstones of honesty, integrity, social responsibility, compassion and diversity.
Carter was in the Shelton program throughout his time at North Johnston where he graduated in 2011 with high honors and was a North Carolina academic scholar.
He enrolled in East Carolina University and continued in the program throughout his time there. Carter said the Shelton program is all about leadership and has been a major influence on him.
“It shows you how to be a leader, how you can help either your community or a larger community and gives you the tools to do that,” said Carter.
While at ECU, Carter also served as president of the Gamma Beta Phi honor society and president of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity along with several other groups for which he developed volunteer programs.
Carter was also accepted into the prestigious Walter and Marie Williams leadership program.
By his senior year at ECU, Carter had decided his interests were more in public service than in the medical field.
Following his 2015 graduation with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Carter began serving as a volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of Johnston County.
Carter entered law school at N.C. Central in the fall of 2016 while continuing his work in public service. He served as assistant director of the Legal Eagles Law Camp for middle school students and led teen court and mock trial programs.
He also became interested in tax clinic and patent clinic, helping clients who otherwise might not be able to receive legal services.
Carter received his law degree with honors on May 11 and for the next two months, he will be studying for the state bar exam in late July.
Carter said his primary interest is in patent law, tax law, bankruptcy and other civil areas of law and he is hoping to stay to stay in North Carolina to practice.
“I am also planning to continue doing legal volunteer work either working with students in the area,” said Carter. “I want to reach back into the community where I am from and offer my help.”