School of Law names new associate dean for international affairs and new director of international programs
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Office of Communications and Public Relations
July 25, 2011
Professor Dick Schneider has been named the new Associate Dean for International Affairs and Holly Hedgecock is the new director of the International Programs at Wake Forest University School of Law.
In his new role, Schneider will oversee the Master of Laws (LL.M) program, the Scientiae Juridicae Doctor (S.J.D.) degree and Study Abroad programs as well as international student and faculty exchanges.
In her new role, Hedgecock will direct the daily operations associated with the international graduate programs and summer study abroad programs.
“In this new position, Dick will assume administrative responsibilities for our international programs and work closely with the international committee to ensure the salience of our international efforts in our program of legal education,” said Dean Blake D. Morant. “Working with Dick will be Holly Hedgecock who will assume the position of Director of International Programs. I am very grateful to Professor Alan Palmiter whose continuing contributions and efforts remain invaluable to our international initiatives, and Shannon Gilreath, whose direct work has contributed to the success of our LL.M. and S.J.D. programs.”
Schneider’s academic and professional activities are multifaceted and national and international in scope. Besides his environmental and international business law courses, he also teaches a course called Law, Literature, and Culture. He directs the law school’s Vienna Summer Program and works in that capacity closely with faculty at the University of Vienna and he has taught in Moscow, Russia, and Budapest, Hungary, as well.
He also currently works and advises on a number of environmental matters in his capacity as Legal Chair of the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club. The North Carolina Chapter recently won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has served on the Environmental Committee of the North Carolina State Bar Association and is a board member of the Yadkin Riverkeeper and the ABA Central and East European Law Initiative. After law school, Schneider went to work for Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York and Brussels, where he did a wide range of international transactions.
“I am tremendously excited to be working so closely now with the full range of the Law School’s international initiatives. Law school education in the 21st century has to be global in opportunity and outlook and I am committed to opening these doors for our students so that they will be positioned to face the realities of current law practice. It is very satisfying to know that Wake Forest alumni circle the globe.”
Hedgecock, who joined the school in 2006 as the coordinator for the LLM program, will oversee the admissions and enrollment of international students as well as help assist in broadening the international exposure of programs and relationships with International Foundations, among other duties.
Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Hedgecock worked in the Office of the President of the University of North Carolina and was an adjunct instructor in Forsyth Technical Community College’s History department. She earned an undergraduate degree in History with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in History from the Graduate School of the College of Charleston.
“I have really enjoyed working with our international students over the last five years. I hope to continue the success of the international graduate programs, maintain close relationships with our alumni, and help broaden WFU Law’s presence around the world.”