Shayna Matheny is a legal intern. She works primarily in our Raleigh, NC office.
Hear from Shayna in her own words, why she is going to law school to become a family law attorney:
I grew up in a military family – my mother retired from the Air Force when I was born, and my father retired from the Army when I was in elementary school. When my father retired, we moved back to eastern North Carolina. After marrying my best friend, who was in the Army, I continued to pursue my college education in Germany. The first three years of our marriage were spent traveling back and forth from Germany to Oklahoma to obtain custody of my husband’s son, who has been living with us full-time since 2012. Although I always knew I wanted to be an attorney, I did not think that I would have the opportunity to go to law school because of my husband’s military career and because I was raising three young boys.
When my husband was injured and received notice that he would be medically retired from the Army, I decided to take the LSAT and pursue law school. After he retired, we moved back home to North Carolina, and I finished my bachelor’s degree and applied to law school. Due to my experience with a custody proceeding, I knew that I wanted to practice family law before I started law school. In pursuit of that goal, I sought out an internship opportunity with McIlveen Family Law.
I began law school in 2018 at North Carolina Central University School of Law and finished my first two years ranked as the top student in my class. I spent the summer of 2019 working as a summer clerk for the Honorable Chief Justice Cheri Beasley at the North Carolina Supreme Court. During my second year, I participated in the Elder Law Pro Bono Clinic and served as a staff editor on North Carolina Central Law Review. This year, I was elected to serve as Notes and Comments Editor for law review. I am also tutoring 1L students in both Contracts and Criminal Law. Finally, I am also working as a certified legal intern in the Family Law Clinic. I am so grateful for the opportunity to take the skills I’ve learned in law school and put them to work for the clients of McIlveen Family Law Firm.