Pro Bono Project to present ‘Know Your Rights’ at Parkland High School on Friday, Feb. 26

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Members of Wake Forest Law’s Pro Bono Project will present “Know Your Rights” at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, for the entire student body at Parkland High School.

The “Know Your Rights” presentation will discuss an individual’s constitutional rights with regard to police encounters, whether it be a mere conversation, a traffic stop or an arrest. It will inform Parkland High School students about their right to remain silent, to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and their free speech rights. The law students who will be presenting have voluntarily researched and developed this presentation in addition to their course studies in an effort to aid the Winston-Salem community’s access to justice.

Forsyth County District Court Judge Denise Hartsfield (JD ’91) will supervise the law students during the “Know Your Rights” presentation. Judge Hartsfield has been actively involved with several of the Pro Bono Project’s endeavors, including the Education Justice Project and Teen Court.

The “Know Your Rights” program is in its inaugural year at Wake Forest Law, and focuses on educating the community on various legal issues such as police encounters and re-entry rights, according to Sarah Saint (JD ’17), the incoming executive director of the Pro Bono Project. Law students work with churches, schools and prisons to bring vital legal information to individuals that need it in order to decrease the proliferation of non-violent and preventable arrests, which can lead to devastating long-term effects and irreparable harm to one’s personal, educational and professional reputation.

Learn more about the “Know Your Rights” Pro Bono Project at