A member of the firm’s Education and School Law Team, Benita Jones has extensive experience providing legal support and counsel to educational institutions on a broad array of state and federal legal issues including Title IX, VII, Americans with Disabilities Act, constitutional law, contract law, tort law, policy development and governance, employment law, and student legal issues. She has worked collaboratively on litigation matters with the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office and attorneys from the UNC System Office.
Immediately prior to joining Womble Bond Dickinson, she served as the Assistant University Legal Counsel at NC Central University. In this role, she represented the University in administrative complaints before the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and provided trainings to University administrators, faculty, and staff on a variety of legal and policy issues. In addition to her experience providing legal counsel in higher education, Benita has worked previously with a number of North Carolina school districts across the broad range of K-12 matters.
A North Carolina native, Benita completed a two-year fellowship in the education law program at the UNC Center for Civil Rights in 2011. As an Education Law Attorney-Fellow, she worked directly with client communities and education leaders to develop legal strategies, community education campaigns, and publications to promote equity of opportunity in school districts throughout the state.
Benita graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University before earning her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.
Articles in the National Law Review database by Benita N. Jones