Graduate Spotlight: J. Chad Capers

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J. Chad Capers

J. Chad Capers is graduating from Mercer University‘s School of Law with a juris doctor degree.

What are your plans after graduation?

I’ll be spending the months after graduation preparing to take the bar exam in July.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

Visiting Assistant Professor Katie Powers is the director of advocacy at Mercer Law. My favorite moments at Mercer were snagging championships in the advocacy program with her. She is an incredible mentor to me.

What is one of your favorite Mercer memories?

I think my favorite memory is when the Mercer Black Law Student Association won Chapter of the Year while I was president. My classmates and I made it our mission to show the National Black Law Student Association that there is something special happening at Mercer. Our chapter ended up winning back-to-back over the past two years.

What was your favorite class and why?

My favorite class was Trial Practice with Professor Powers. This class is the embodiment of Mercer’s motto of producing “practice-ready attorneys.”

How do you plan on changing the world?

Only 5% of attorneys in the United States are Black. I am also the first lawyer in my family. What I have accomplished here is another step toward a more equitable and diverse society. And that is the change I want to see.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Always remember, you deserve to be here.

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