F. Evan Benz joined the Law Office of Derrick J. Hensley in September 2017, after two years of practicing immigration and family law in Massachusetts. Born and raised in North Carolina, Evan is passionate about serving clients and the greater community with professionalism, zeal, and compassion.
Evan graduated from the UNC School of Law in Chapel Hill, NC in 2015. During law school, he focused on immigration law, civil rights law, and social justice. During his third year, Evan acted as a Certified Law Student Practitioner in the UNC Immigration and Human Rights Policy Clinic, where he served clients in a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status case and a U Visa Adjustment case. He was also a leader in a number of student groups, including the Education Law & Policy Society, the UNC Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and the Immigration Law Association. With a counterpart at NC Central School of Law, he co-founded the “Stand with Students” pro bono program, which educates public school students in the Triangle area about their constitutional rights in an effort to stem the flow of the local school-to-prison pipeline. Dedicated to public service, Evan completed over 200 hours of pro bono service during his three years of law school, and received the 2L UNC Pro Bono Publico Award in recognition of his commitment to helping meet unmet legal needs in his community.
Prior to law school, Evan attended Kenyon College in Ohio, where he majored in French Literature and minored in Art History, graduating cum laude and with highest honors for his senior thesis. After college, Evan taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in France for a year before returning to North Carolina, where he worked as a Resource Development Associate for the United Way of NC/NC State Employees Combined Campaign, raising money for charity. At the same time, he volunteered as an adult ESL teacher with the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department. Hearing from his ESL students about their daily lives exposed him to the myriad legal challenges that they faced as immigrants and low-income people living in the United States. Although his students needed good ESL teachers, they also needed good lawyers, and so he decided to attend law school with the intention of continuing to serve people like his students in the future.
After graduating from law school and successfully passing both the North Carolina and Massachusetts bar exams, Evan moved with his partner to Massachusetts, where he was first a Fall Legal Fellow with the practiced immigration and family law at a legal aid organization in Framingham, MA from 2015 to 2017 as a Justice AmeriCorps Legal Fellow. In Massachusetts, he also worked as a Fall Legal Fellow with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and volunteered at several naturalization clinics.
He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the NC Chapter of National Lawyers Guild, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Durham Bar Association, and the 14th Judicial District (Durham County, NC) Bar Association. He is licensed to practice in the State Courts of North Carolina and authorized to appear before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (“Immigration Court”). He is proficient in Spanish and in French.