Graduation Profile: Joseph Greener (JD ’16)

Photo of Joseph Greener (JD ’16)

Joseph Greener (JD ‘16) chose Wake Forest Law because it felt like home.

“From the small class sizes to professors’ open door policy, this is a welcoming community that works to make its students great attorneys and better people,” explained the native of Great Falls, Virginia.

Greener’s leadership roles include president of the Student Bar Association (SBA); marketing editor of the Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law; chair of the OUTLAW Finance and Fundraising Committee; member of Moot Court Board; and teaching assistant for Legal Writing and Secured Transactions. In 2014, Greener made it to the final four of the Stanley Moot Court Competition, and in 2015 he was a member of the Billings Exum Frye Moot Court Competition Team, which finished second at Elon University.

“Wake Forest Law has a vibrant student life because students enjoy being with each other, even outside of the classroom. SBA works to provide opportunities for students to get together for a variety of activities. Last fall, for example, we organized a hike up Pilot Mountain, a beautiful overlook just 30 minutes away.  We also host weekly socials at various places in Winston-Salem, sports outings and movie nights in our new Law Commons.”

It’s his participation in the Summer Judicial Externship Program, however, that Greener cited as the best activity he’s participated in at Wake Forest Law. The program allows students to work in some of the most vibrant and influential courts in the nation’s capital and is just one of numerous externship programs offered by the law school throughout the U.S.

“Participating in the externship in Washington, D.C.,  is what secured my desire to clerk after graduation. My externship with Special Master Christian Moran of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims honed my writing skills. The experience has made me confident for clerking.”

In summer 2015, he externed in Washington, D.C., in the Vaccine Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. Most recently, in April 2016 Greener argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, as part of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic. Greener represented Charles Evans in the case of United States v. Evans, which is a direct appeal to the Seventh Circuit following a guilty plea and sentencing in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. The Seventh Circuit is the federal appellate court for cases arising in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. The Court appointed the clinic to represent Evans on appeal.

After graduation, Greener has accepted an offer to clerk with U.S. Court of Appeals Magistrate Judge Lawrence R. Leonard in the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk.