Fresh out of Duke University’s School of Law, married, and working in New York City, things were going pretty well for Justin Outling. There, he received the Pro Bono Publico Award from the Legal Aid Society of New York for his outstanding representation of domestic workers in a human trafficking civil suit for unpaid wages.
He wasn’t just getting by, he was thriving. Something was missing though. Was New York City what he really wanted?
Justin and his wife, Cora, knew it was the best decision to make Greensboro home and raise a family. Both graduates of the UNC Greensboro, met in Reynolds Hall and got married at the Alumni House. “It’s my favorite place on campus”, Justin says.
“Coming home to Greensboro was an easy choice. Here we have the combination of big city amenities and a small town feel.”
Today, the 33-year-old practices business litigation and white-collar criminal defense for Brooks Pierce. He is also now a Greensboro City Councilman, representing District 3. Despite being a Councilman and an attorney, what Justin likes most is being with his family, spending time downtown and going to LeBauer Park.
With two toddlers, you’re also likely to see Justin and his family out at the Greensboro Children’s Museum, Triad Stage, the Cultural Arts Center and the newly opened Van Dyke Performance Space.
However, this weekend, you can catch them on the campus of UNC Greensboro, celebrating its 125th homecoming. “I am an unabashedly proud Spartan alum, I am forever grateful for how UNC Greensboro helped to improve my life, as well as the lives of thousands of others and the City of Greensboro.”
When asked why he chose UNC Greensboro, Justin says, “it has the perfect blend of small university charm and big university scholarship and facilities. Like Greensboro, UNC Greensboro is plenty large, but has a down-to-earth (welcoming) feel.”
“Greensboro is without a doubt a college town and the community should embrace that more.” From the support he received when running for City Council, Justin and his family have recognized the giving spirit that exists in the Greensboro community.
“People are very generous here. UNC Greensboro greatly supported my personal and professional development, both before and after I graduated from the University.” Go Spartans!