Q. Shanté Martin joins Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP with extensive experience representing and advising government educational entities on a variety of legal issues. Prior to joining the firm’s Charlotte office, Shanté served as General Counsel to the North Carolina Community College System and State Board of Community Colleges. In that capacity, Shanté provided advice and guidance on legal issues including employment, First Amendment, board governance, immigration, open meetings, public records, and policy drafting and editing. She also served as a hearing officer for administrative hearings and appeals, provided professional development training to presidents, boards of trustees and senior administrators, and developed the State Board of Community College’s regulatory process. As an Assistant Attorney General, Shanté also successfully litigated employment, discrimination, contract, and constitutional claims in Federal, District, and Superior Courts throughout North Carolina in the North Carolina Supreme Court, in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and in the Office of Administrative Hearings on behalf of The University of North Carolina, the Department of Public Instruction, and the NC Community College System Office. Shanté also served as Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Justice Robert F. Orr on the North Carolina Supreme Court.