The North Carolina Bar Association's (NCBA) blog recently spotlighted environmental law attorney Amy Wang.
The article profiles Amy, who became chair of NCBA's Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources Section at the start of July. Get to know Amy with the blurb from the NCBarBlog post:
Amy went to law school at Wake Forest University, where her brother was an undergraduate and where two of her supervising attorneys at Wiley Rein had gone to law school. After her first year of law school, she spent the summer in an international studies program in London. After her second year, she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in environmental enforcement and considered joining the DOJ upon graduation. While in her 2L year, Amy met David Wang, her husband-to-be, through a law school classmate and fraternity brother of David’s at Davidson College. David was an English teacher at East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, and like Amy, he had moved a lot growing up because his father served in the U.S. Navy. Amy and David married the summer after she graduated from law school in 1996. Having worked for a large law firm in Washington, Amy and David decided to try a small town and moved to Reidsville, where Amy worked for Robinson, Murray & Apple, a firm with a general civil practice the origin of which was Sharp and Sharp, the law firm the first female North Carolina Supreme Court Justice, Susie Sharp, practiced in with her father.
Small town life in the Piedmont was not a fit for the Wangs, so Amy joined Ward and Smith in 2004 as a trusts and estates attorney in New Bern. There, she met the late Frank Sheffield, member of the section’s Legacy Society, soon after Frank left the Triangle to begin his practice at Ward and Smith. With a lingering love for environmental law from her days at the Justice Department, she volunteered to help Frank on an environmental project, and within a year, transferred to the firm’s environmental practice group, where she has practiced law ever since. Business North Carolina magazine named Amy to their 2020 Legal Elite Hall of Fame for environmental law and profiled her with a memorable photograph in the December 2020 issue.