Shelvia Dancy is a former newspaper reporter who has a law degree, a master's degree, and is a “military brat” who speaks Japanese.
She has worked in Washington, D.C., covering Congress and publishing articles in The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.
She has worked in Memphis, Raleigh, and Syracuse, and covered homicides for "The Nancy Grace Show," "Snapped" and The Discovery Channel.
She has also worked as an adjunct journalism professor at NCCU, and as a journalist-in-residence at N.C. State University.
She has also volunteered at Duke University and Syracuse University, teaching English to students from other countries.
She has a law degree from NCCU School of Law. She earned a bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) in English/journalism from NC Central University on a full academic scholarship, then earned a master's degree (magna cum laude) in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University on a journalism fellowship. She earned a "Forty Under 40" Outstanding Alumni Award from NC Central University.
As an undergraduate at NCCU she was editor of the student newspaper, and twice won the university's Outstanding Student Journalist award. She was also one of 17 students in the nation offered a reporting internship with The Associated Press. She also earned 3rd place in the Duke University Annual Japanese Speech Contest, and competed on the NCCU tennis team.
At NCCU School of Law, she was vice president of the trial team and won a Susie Sharpe Inn of Court scholarship.
She also served on the Moot Court Board, and placed in the top 8 in a regional competition.
She won 1st place in the law school’s Willie Gary 3L Closing Argument Competition, and second place in two other competitions.
She was on the trial team that ranked #2 in the Regional Finals for an AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition.
She was on the trial team that earned 2nd Place against 31 other teams in the annual Kilpatrick Stockton Mock Trial Competition at UNC Chapel Hill. She earned "Best Attorney" in Round Three.