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Student Defense Welcomes Chris Bryant as Counsel

May 8, 2024

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Student Defense Welcomes Chris Bryant as Counsel

The team at Student Defense is proud to welcome our newest member, Chris Bryant. Chris brings a wealth of experience in law, academia, and public service to our work and we’re fortunate to have them on board as Counsel. 

Chris joins Student Defense most recently from Maryland Carey Law, where they taught statutory interpretation and a first-year legal writing and advocacy course as a visiting assistant professor in the law school’s inaugural class of the Donald Gaines Murray Lawyering Teaching Fellows program. 

Chris has significant litigation and strategic experience from their pre-academia roles. As an associate in the Political Law Group at Perkins Coie LLP, they litigated voting rights cases across the country.  They also co-founded Boroughs Bryant LLC, a law firm that provided strategic counsel to small businesses, nonprofits, and political organizations. In addition, Chris actively participated in all stages of civil litigation in a wide range of cases as an associate at a small plaintiffs’ law firm in Charleston, South Carolina, including initiating a class action lawsuit that secured Hepatitis C testing and treatment for inmates in the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

Before beginning practice, Chris clerked for Judge James A. Wynn, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Judge Richard M. Gergel on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

During law school, Chris served as the first Black editor in chief of the Duke Law Journal, was a member of the Moot Court Board, and participated in the Duke Law Startup Ventures Clinic. Before law school, Chris taught in a traditional public middle school and a K-8 charter public school in Durham, North Carolina.

As Student Defense continues to fight to make higher education an equalizer, Chris’ dedication and expertise will be a powerful force for good.