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Inaugural group of first-year law students honored for receiving professionalism certificate

First Professionalism Certificate recipients pose with Dean Morant at reception.

First Professionalism Certificate recipients pose with Dean Morant at reception.

Eighteen Wake Forest law students will be honored Monday, April 23, for completing intensive training in professionalism. The Applied Legal Theory (Law in Action) Program at Wake Forest School of Law is designed to give students hands-on experience and skills that will prepare them for the practice of law.

This includes curricular opportunities for learning the law in a real-world context through courses that emphasize practical lawyering skills, as well as opportunities for students to participate in pro bono legal efforts in the Winston-Salem community.

For the Career and Professional Development component of the program, students worked closely with career advisors at the law school on resume development and interviewing skills, participated in workshops and lectures focusing on professionalism, and engaged with practicing attorneys to seek career advice.  This component is designed to help students develop essential professional skills, such as networking, proper client communication, business etiquette and civility, among others, that will carry over into long term success in their careers.

“We are delighted to honor this group of students, who, in addition to meeting rigorous academic demands, completed all the requirements to receive this certificate,” said Wake Forest School of Law Dean Blake Morant. “It is a testament to their perseverance and their personal recognition of the value of professionalism that they were able to do so.”

The 18 first-year law students receiving the professionalism certificate will be recognized during a reception at the law school.  One lucky student will receive a $100 gift card donated by Brooks Brothers to help build a professional wardrobe.  The students completing all requirements for the certificate are:

Jessica Bingham
Erin Blackwell
LaDean Cooley
Matthew Daniels
Jeremy Demmitt
Ryan Fisher
Kevin Flanigan
Rebekah Garcia
Audra Gaspar
Justin Jenkins
Jasmine Kelly
Sean McGonigle
Evan Mongiardo
Obed Morales
Jennifer Om
Garin Scollan
Douglas Tsao
Daniel Waxman