Had Reid followed up a Jell-O commercial he starred in alongside Bill Cosby when Reid was four years old, his career might have taken a very different path. In fact, Reid did not officially decide to attend law school until after his graduation from Duke University. Although he had known for some time that he wanted a career promoting the public interest, Reid did not settle on pursuing a legal degree until he served in the Peace Corps in Morocco.
At Penn, Reid leads the Advocates for the Homeless Project. He also serves as an associate editor on the Journal of Law and Social Change, and hones his advocacy skills as the member of Trial Advocacy’s trial team. Still, Reid has not forgotten his roots; his performance in Penn Law’s monologue show “Subject to Change,” proves that acting and legal advocacy can be complementary skills.
During the summer, Reid has worked on the Capital Appeals Project in New Orleans and as a federal defender for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Raleigh. It is the latter position that holds his interest for the future. Reid hopes to work as a public defender after graduation, “probably in [his] native South.” He went halfway around the world to decide how he wanted to work in public interest, but he intends on coming home to get started.