Sharita Whitaker Featured as “Tar Heel of the Week”

January 3, 2016

Raleigh, N.C. – Sharita Whitaker has been named “Tar Heel of the Week” in The News & Observer’s January 3, 2016 edition.

The article titled “Sharita Whitaker Has Forged a Legal Career for Other Minorities to Follow,” describes the circumstances and obstacles Sharita overcame on her journey to becoming a real estate lawyer, including being the first person in her extended family to attend college.

Sharita’s ongoing commitment to helping other minorities succeed in the legal profession is highlighted throughout the article. She currently serves as Chair of the Minorities in the Profession Committee of the North Carolina Bar Association and was a co-chair of ¡Adelante! Moving Forward Program, which aids young attorneys transitioning from school to career. In the public service realm, Sharita is a volunteer with Legal Aid of North Carolina’s Lawyer on the Line program, which offers free legal advice to low-income residents.

Partner Margaret Rosenfeld is quoted in the article as saying “Law students and attorneys from all walks of life know and respect Sharita. What she has accomplished at her age is a true source of inspiration… and I believe we have only seen the beginning of the impact she will make on the legal community.”

About Sharita Whitaker

Sharita Whitaker is a member of the Firm's Real Estate Development Group and focuses her practice in the areas of Commercial Real Estate and Real Estate Development. Sharita assists clients with real estate acquisitions, dispositions and leasing; title disputes; public utility real estate issues; right-of-way acquisitions; condemnation/eminent domain actions; and easement negotiation and drafting. Sharita earned her J.D. magna cum laude from North Carolina Central University and earned her B.A. summa cum laude from North Carolina State University.

About “Tar Heel of the Week”

The “Tar Heel of the Week” feature is a weekly profile of someone who is having an impact on North Carolina. It's been running on Sunday in The News & Observer since 1950.

About Smith Anderson

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