Wake Forest Law welcomes Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77)

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Dean Suzanne Reynolds ('77)

Professor Suzanne Reynolds (’77) took the helm as interim dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law on Sept. 1. She replaces former Dean Blake D. Morant, who is now dean of George Washington Law School.

Reynolds is the first woman to serve as dean of the law school.

In 1976, as a second-year law student at Wake Forest Law, Reynolds earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, majoring in English with a minor in journalism. She is also a graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh.

She joined the faculty of Wake Forest Law in 1981 and began serving as executive associate dean for academic affair in 2010. Reynolds was a principal drafter of statutes that modernized alimony and adoption laws, co-founded a domestic violence program nationally recognized by the American Bar Association for providing legal assistance to the poor and authored a three-volume treatise on North Carolina family law that has become the authoritative source for law students, lawyers and judges.

Provost Rogan Kersh says: “We have great confidence in our law leadership team, under the experienced guidance of Suzanne, and look forward to working with the team to successfully navigate the shifting winds of legal education.”

Ron Wright, Needham Yancy Gulley professor of criminal law, is serving as executive associate dean for academic affairs, a title he previously held from 2007-2010.

Wright graduated from Yale Law School in 1984 and after serving as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice prosecuting white-collar crimes, joined the faculty at Wake Forest Law in 1988. Wright has co-authored two casebooks in criminal procedure and is a board member of the Prosecution and Racial Justice Project of the Vera Institute of Justice.

Both Reynolds’ and Wright’s appointments are for the 2014-2015 academic year, according to Kersh.

“We will launch a national search for Dean Morant’s successor, beginning this September,” he said.

View this article on North Carolina Lawyers Weekly.