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Biography

DeWarren K. Langley demonstrates a spirit of service and commitment to making Durham a better place by improving communities and the lives of others, especially youth as shown in his record of service.   DeWarren believes we cannot act out of selfish ambition or vain conceit rather we should look not only to our own interest but also the interests of others with inspiration rooted in love, ignited by passion, guided by vision, and underscored with patience and cooperation.

The Honor of Service - To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected & Required

Service is an integral part of his life.  DeWarren firmly believes public service should not be something practiced if extra time permits, but an obligation and a responsibility owed to one’s community.  He prescribes to the mantra, “to whom much is given, much is expected & required”.  Currently, Mr. Langley serves in the following capacities within civic and community organizations:

The College Years - Exalting Every Opportunity

As a self-supporting student at Hampton University, Mr. Langley was committed to fully exalting every opportunity while serving as a resource for other students despite adversity throughout his collegiate career.

As a freshman, DeWarren was elected President of the Society for the Advancement of Management.  Under his leadership, the organization grew to approximately 300 students, hosted two Business International Educations Forums – one focusing on international commerce and the other on global diversity; earned chapters from the international society and Hampton University; and developed strategic partnerships with INROADS and other campus organizations.  In 2005, Mr. Langley was one of three students elected to serve on the International Board of Directors as a Collegiate Vice President.  In recognition of academic and professional achievement, DeWarren was awarded the 2005 Regional Outstanding Student Award, 2005 National Outstanding Student Award, 2006 Regional Outstanding Student Award, 2006 National Outstanding Student Award, and 2006 Certificate of Appreciation fort Dedication Service by the Society for Advancement of Management.

As a Fellow in the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute, DeWarren further developed the character and commitment to ethically lead & serve and learned that leadership is working with people to create a movement of positive change, which will outlive one’s own involvement.  He volunteered for the 9th and 10th Annual High School Leadership Summits, leading discussions, examining social leadership and chaperoning high school students.  In 2006, he served on the Application Review Committee evaluating applications of incoming freshmen and making recommendations on inductees to the Director.

Mr. Langley also served as Senior Resident Advisor in James Hall, a freshman dormitory of 200 students, overseeing a staff of 10 Resident Assistants and directing the Resident Assistant Trainee Program, training 20 prospective Resident Assistants.  He also served as a Peer Counselor for the Student Counseling Center at Hampton University and Research Assistant for the Chair of the Department of Management in the School of Business.

As an INROADS intern, DeWarren interned as a Utilities Analysis for the Transportations Rates Division of the North Carolina Utilities Commission investigating illegal operations of household goods carriers in NC; Neighborhood Partnership Intern with the Office of Community Affairs at Duke University assisting with the creation of community plans for neighborhood improvement and revitalization; and as a Procurement Buyer Intern at IBM receiving, analyzing and altering requisitions for up to $7 million with managerial approval at required levels.

While interning at Duke University, Mr. Langley attended the 2005 Documentary Video Institute at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  In partnership with John Heffernan, DeWarren directed, shot, and edited a 5-minute documentary entitled: Taking it Back: The Legacy of Pauli Murray.  The documentary focuses on the revitalization and sustainability of affordable housing in the neighborhoods located in Southwest Central Durham.

Additionally, Mr. Langley served as Vice President of the INROADS Student Executive Board receiving the 2005 Frank Carr Visionary Award.  In 2006, DeWarren led a team of INROADS interns to build and strengthen Raleigh’s youth workforce by developing and leading workshops throughout the summer.  For his efforts, Mr. Langley received a Certificate of Appreciation from then-North Carolina Governor Michael Easley and the 2006 IBM Thanks! Award.  Commonly noted for his dedication to INROADS, DeWarren was voted 2006 Most Likely to Work for INROADS.

The Journey to Juris Doctor - Soaring as a Legal Eagle

Mr. Langley was accepted for admission to the Class of 2011 at North Carolina Central University School of Law in June 2008.

After completing his first year at North Carolina Central University School of Law, DeWarren was accepted for admission as one of 25 students to the Legal Studies Institute (LSI) of the Fund for American Studies in Washington DC and awarded the Fund for American Studies Scholarship in the amount of $2,500. 

A ten-week summer program, LSI combined legal internships, academic coursework for credit, networking opportunities, and career development activities.  The Institute gave participants the opportunity to meet and interact with leaders in the legal profession to build a valuable professional network as they enter careers in the law.

The first week of the program was dedicated to the academic seminar, the Federalist Understanding of the Constitution by New York Law School.  Mr. Langley served as a Legal Clerk at theLaw Offices of Marilyn Cain Gordon and the Law Offices of C. Hope Brown.

Prior to the conclusion of the summer, DeWarren attended a briefing by Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court.  Justice Scalia spoke about textualism in statutory interpretation and originalism in constitutional interpretation.

During the summer of 2010, Mr. Langley was one of 64 interns chosen from 930 applicants by the North Carolina Internship Council as a summer intern with the North Carolina State Government Internship Program.  DeWarren served as Legal Intern with the Office of President at the North Carolina Community College System in Raleigh, North Carolina and worked in the Office of the General Counsel which provides legal advice and consultation to the State Board of Community Colleges and community colleges. 

While a student at North Carolina Central University School of Law, Mr. Langley held a number of leadership positions such as the Student Representative on the Admissions Committee and Library Committee, Recruitment Coordinator for the North Carolina Central University Mentor Program, President of the Black Law Students Association, Secretary of Future Lawyers for Community Advancement, Vice President of the Constitutional Law & Civil Rights Society, and Coordinator of the Pre-Law Program of the Black Law Students Association.

Mr. Langley also served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Legal Education Assistance Foundation which provides loan repayment assistance to North Carolina lawyers pursuing careers in public service.

In March 2009, DeWarren was selected to attend a luncheon with Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court.

During his three years at North Carolina Central University School of Law, Mr. Langley volunteered over 800 hours in law-related mentoring and youth education programs, several of which he helped initiate.  DeWarren’s contributions centered on his passion for mentoring underserved African-Americans, assisting them achieve academic success and exploring careers in law. He was a founding member of Future Lawyers for Community Advancement, a student organization which mentors students at Josephine Dobbs Clement Early College and Hillside High School.  During his last semester of law school, Mr. Langley taught two classes of 15 students at Shepard Middle School.  I graduated from Shepard Middle School in 1999.  He also volunteered two summers as Team Leader for the Summer Legal Institute of the Just the Beginning Foundation in Chicago, a week-long intensive program during which he led students in identifying legal rules and understanding legal reasoning in addition to assisting students with preparing oral arguments.

In addition to his commitment to middle and high school youth, Mr. Langley serves as Founding Program Director for the Charles H. Houston Pre-Law Program, which provides undergraduate and graduate students with continuous support throughout the law school admissions process and journey to the Juris Doctor degree.  Currently, the Program consists of 65 participants. In partnership with the Test Prep Program at NCCU, the Program provides test preparation for the LSAT. 

Lastly, DeWarren served as a mentor and recruitment coordinator for the North Carolina Central University Mentor Program serving as a mentor to 20 undergraduate students ranging from freshmen to seniors.  As the students’ mentor, Mr. Langley assists the students with identifying their goals and developing action steps to achieve their goals, share knowledge and experience on time management, skill development, study strategies, exam techniques, resume development, applying for and securing paid internships and assisting with other areas identified by the student.  For all of the aforementioned programs, Mr. Langley maintained records of each student’s progress and provided students with reports on their progress toward goals with constructive feedback on how to improve.

In recognition of his dedication and selfless service while a student, Mr. Langley received the 2010 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Black Law Student Association, 2010 Pro Bono Superstar Award from the Pro Bono Program at North Carolina Central University School of Law, the 2011 Outstanding Service & Commitment Award from the Black Law Students Association, 2011 Largest Chapter Award from the Southern Region of the National Black Law Students Association, the 2011 Pro Bono Superstar Award from the Pro Bono Program at North Carolina Central University School of Law, 2011 Most Likely to be a Politician by the Class of 2011, the 2011 H.M. Michaux Award for Public Service from North Carolina Central University School of Law, the 2011 Certificate of Achievement from the North Carolina Bar Association and the 2011 Student Pro Bono Service Award from the North Carolina State Bar.

Mr. Langley is a graduate of C.E. Jordan High School in Durham, NC and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management & Economics with a minor in Leadership Studies from Hampton University and Juris Doctor with a concentration in Civil Rights & Constitutional Law from North Carolina Central University School of Law.  DeWarren is also a graduate of the Durham Neighborhood College and Citizens Police Academy of the Durham Police Department.  He worships as a member of First Calvary Baptist Church where he is active with Project FINE and the Young Adult Ministry. 

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