Maura O’Keefe specializes in education law at Tharrington Smith. She received her undergraduate degree in 2009 from the University of Virginia, where she was a recipient of the Jefferson Scholarship. After graduating, she taught high school English as a member of Teach for America’s Eastern North Carolina corps. In 2014, Maura received her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During law school, Maura was a member of the Holderness Moot Court National Team and certified student lawyer in the Juvenile Justice Clinic. Maura joined Tharrington Smith’s Education Section in mid-2016 following a two-year fellowship at the Office of University Counsel at UNC, where she focused on student and employment matters.
Recipient, Best Overall Brief Award, Holderness 1L Moot Court Competition, April 2012
Recipient, Eugene Gressman and Daniel H. Politt Oral Advocacy – Best Overall Award, April 2012
University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Juris Doctor, May 2014
Member, Holderness Moot Court National Team
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, English and History, May 2009
North Carolina State Bar, 2014
10th Judicial District, since 2014
Wake County Bar Association, since 2014
Office of University Counsel, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Postdoctoral Fellow, August 2014 to June 2016
U.S. Department of Education, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, District of Columbia; Legal Intern, May to August 2012
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