The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC is proud to announce that expunction lawyer Mary Elizabeth Robertson is bringing her social work background and passion for criminal defense work to the firm.
Mary Elizabeth, a proud North Carolina native, grew up in Washington, NC. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in social work at East Carolina University, Mary Elizabeth spent a year interning with the District Attorney’s Office, where she gained invaluable experience interviewing, counseling, and guiding crime victims through the legal system. After graduating summa cum laude from ECU in 2006, Mary Elizabeth was accepted at Campbell University School of Law, with plans of becoming a career prosecutor.
Throughout law school at Campbell, Mary Elizabeth focused her coursework, activities, and internships on written and oral advocacy and criminal law and procedure. She was on the founding committee for the Campbell Law Innocence Project, helping write the organization’s bylaws and serving as its first Vice President, and was one of three students in her class chosen to be a Legal Research and Writing Scholar. Her legal research and writing skills, along with her knowledge of North Carolina criminal law and evidence, were developed further in 2011 when she directly assisted the district attorney in Beaufort County in preparing for two murder trials.
In her final year of law school, Mary Elizabeth accepted an intern position at the Wake County Public Defender’s Office. Given her strong resolution to become a prosecutor, it was the first time Mary Elizabeth used her passion for advocacy in the criminal defense context – and she was surprised to discover she’d found her calling. Throughout her 10 month internship, Mary Elizabeth represented hundreds of indigent criminal defendants in Wake County District Court on a wide variety of misdemeanor charges. The solid training and extensive experience she received during that time have made her a strong and effective advocate on behalf of clients. She is well versed in the rules and regulatins concerning North Carolina expungements and can discuss the process with you at any time.