Poyner Spruill Welcomes Education Law Practice Group

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Grace Sykes Pennerat

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Grace started her career in the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Public Policy where she was a research assistant and course administrator for the Honors Carolina Burch Field Research Seminar in Washington, DC. After receiving her J.D. she now focuses her practice on education law.

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Grace regularly presides over routine and special board meetings and committee meetings for local boards of education. She also advises local boards of education, superintendents, and central office personnel regarding student, employee, and community matters. She frequently presents to education organizations about the current state of education law.

Grace is a Title IX investigator and decision-maker.

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Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2017

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. (Political Science and Global Studies and a minor in Art History), 2013


Wake County Bar Association, Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

North Carolina Bar Association-Education Law Section, CLE Committee

United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Volunteer

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