Newest North Carolina Business Court hears first case at Wake Forest Law on Tuesday, Jan. 10

Photo of the North Carolina Business Court interior, including the bench, chairs, and desks for the jury

Wake Forest Law welcomes newest North Carolina Business Court.

The newest North Carolina Business Court, located at Wake Forest Law, will hear its first case beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, according to court officials. The courtroom is located on the west wing of the third floor of the Worrell Professional Center, Room 3205.

The scheduled trial — Vogler Reynolda Road, LLC v. SCI N.C. Funeral Servs. Inc.; 15 CVS 94 (Forsyth County) — will be presided over by The Honorable James L. Gale from Greensboro.

“What a great way to start our new year,”  says Ann Gibbs, Associate Dean, Administrative and Student Services.

Wake Forest Law welcomed the North Carolina Business Court in January 2017. With the installation of the state’s fourth business court, Wake Forest Law joins only a select number of law schools in the nation that are also home to a working court. The court provides an excellent forum for students to see an actual working court in action as the majority of the hearings are open to the public.

A formal dedication ceremony is planned for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The court hears cases, which are assigned by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, involving complex and significant issues of corporate and commercial law.

The Honorable Michael Robinson, Special Superior Court Judge for Complex Business Cases, presides over cases heard in Winston-Salem. The court also has judges and holds hearings in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh. Currently Wake Forest Law alumni are serving as clerks for all four courts.

Published decisions in recent cases and more detailed information about the court can be found on the Business Court website.

The courtroom at Wake Forest Law employs the latest technology including flat screen monitors to display motions, briefs and other documents and videoconferencing capabilities.

The court provides an excellent forum for students to see an actual working court in action as the majority of the hearings are open to the public.

“We look forward to a wonderful partnership with the business court,” said Wake Forest Law School Dean Suzanne Reynolds. “The opportunity to observe great lawyers from across the state and region arguing before Judge Robinson will enrich our students’ experience.”

Have a question regarding the Business Court? Visit the court’s FAQs.

A story about the court opening was published in the Winston-Salem Journal and on WECT.