Four Wake Forest Law professors receive promotions

Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds ('77), Professor Laura Graham ('94) and Provost Rogan Kersh

Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77), Professor Laura Graham (’94) and Provost Rogan Kersh













The Wake Forest University School of Law congratulates Shannon Gilreath (JD ’02), Laura Graham (JD ’94) and Tanya Marsh on their promotions to full professor with tenure and Rebecca Morrow on her promotion to associate professor of law as of July 1, 2015.

The law school faculty voted on the promotions this spring and the decisions were ratified by the Provost, the President and the Board of Trustees.

“Each of these four wonderful human beings bring special gifts to the classroom and to the world of ideas in their respective fields,” says Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77).  “It’s a personal privilege to be a part of celebrating their successes and honoring their relationship to Wake Forest Law.”
Professor Gilreath is nationally recognized as an expert on issues of equality, sexual minorities, and constitutional interpretation. His books include Sexual Politics: The Gay Person in America Today (2006) and The End of Straight Supremacy: Realizing Gay Liberation (2011) (Cambridge University Press).  His innovative casebook, Sexual Identity Law in Context: Cases and Materials, published by Thomson-West (2007) (2nd ed. with Lydia Lavelle, 2011) is designed to put the law concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people into a social context. An advocate of interdisciplinary study, he regularly teaches Constitutional Law, Sexual Identity and Law , Freedom of Religion, and Gender and the Law  in the law school, as well as various other topical seminars in the law school  and in the university’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department, where he enjoys an appointment as core faculty.  He is an active speaker for gay rights causes, frequently consults on cases, and has been widely cited in journals and the popular press.

Professor Graham has been teaching Legal Analysis, Writing, & Research and Appellate Advocacy at Wake Forest since 1999.  She is also the Wake Forest University pre-law adviser. Her research and speaking interests center on how to maximize beginning law students’ early success in legal writing.  She is a regular contributor to various state and national bar journals, where she provides writing refreshers for practicing attorneys.  Prior to joining the faculty, she served as judicial clerk for Judge Ralph Walker (’63) of the North Carolina Court of Appeals and was in private practice in Jacksonville, North Carolina, specializing in domestic law and appellate practice. She received the 1994 Outstanding Woman Law Graduate Award from Wake Forest Law and she is the first Graham Award for Excellence in Teaching Legal Research and Writing, which is named after her. She writes a regular column for N.C. Lawyer’s Weekly.

Professor Marsh teaches Property, Real Estate Transactions, a Seminar on Law, Business, and the Economy, Funeral and Cemetery Law and Professional Development. Her scholarship addresses commercial real estate, the regulation of community banks, and the laws regarding the status, treatment and disposition of human remains. A graduate of Indiana University and Harvard Law School, before joining the Wake Forest faculty in 2010, Marsh clerked for the Indiana Supreme Court, practiced commercial real estate and corporate law with two large Indianapolis law firms, and spent five years as in-house counsel with a public shopping center REIT. Marsh is involved in the leadership of the American Bar Association’s Real Property Trust & Estate Law Section and is a frequent contributor to that section’s CLE offerings. She also writes for The Huffington Post, PropertyProf Blog (, and The Funeral Law Blog (


Professor Morrow’s experience has included practice at a nonprofit, at a large corporate firm, and at a mid-size boutique firm.  She began her career at Legal Aid, assisting clients to gain custody of children who had been abused or neglected by their parents.  She then worked at Preston, Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) where she was a member of the Tax-Exempt Organizations group.  She next joined Skellenger Bender where she continued representing victims of domestic violence and developed further expertise in tax and estate planning.  She graduated from Santa Clara University (B.S. Political Science), Yale University (J.D.) and the University of Washington (LL.M. Taxation).  She was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, where she taught Estate Tax, Gift Tax, and Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates.  Her scholarship applies concepts from macro and micro economics (price capitalization, behavioral economics, stock option pricing models) to tax issues.  She is also interested in the intersections of family law and tax.