Campbell Law School alumna Sinclaire Owen ’20 is a self-described planner. As she watched the extraordinary efforts public school teachers provide their students after the pandemic closed schools to in-person learning in March 2020, she started planning a unique way to say “thank you.” By December, she had all of her plans in place to host a pro bono event for Wake County public school teachers over the holidays.
Owen, who practices estate and business planning at Brady Boyette PLLC, said she was inspired by the “Wills for Heroes” event the law school’s Pro Bono Project co-sponsored with the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) in the spring of 2020.
“The purpose of my pro bono event was to create custom estate plans for local teachers as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for all of their hard work during this difficult year,” Owen explained. “I spent a full day at the library of Wiley Elementary School taking back-to-back consultations with teachers on a first come, first served basis. As an extra thank you, the teachers also left their consultations with coffees, cupcakes and poinsettias, all of which were donated by local shops and businesses.”
Owen says she hopes to make the event an annual holiday tradition open to all teachers in Wake County. “I am excited for the opportunity to use my education as a way to improve the lives of others,” she added.
During her time at Campbell Law, Owen, who earned the Cheshire Schneider Advocacy Scholarship, concentrated her studies and internship experiences in estate, tax and business law. Prior to starting law school, she worked in the North Carolina Senate serving as a legislative assistant, working with legislators, constituents and lobbyists.
A native of Raleigh, Owen earned her B.A. in 2016 from Meredith College, where she studied psychology and political science. She is a strong proponent of the Triangle’s growth and serves on the Raleigh Convention Center and Performing Arts Commission. She also volunteers at the Raleigh City Farm and on The Justice Theater Project in her spare time.