Newest North Carolina Business Court dedication set for Wednesday, Jan. 18, at Wake Forest Law

Photo of Judge Michael Robinson of the NC Business Court near the chair and crest of the North Carolina Business Court in the Worrell Professional Center

The Honorable Michael Robinson

A formal dedication of the newest North Carolina Business Court, which makes its home in the Wake Forest University School of Law, will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, followed by a reception in the Law Commons of the Worrell Professional Center on the Reynolda Campus.

Attendence at the event is by invitation only. Members of the media interested in covering the event should contact Wake Forest Law Communications Director Lisa Snedeker at The courtroom is located on the west wing of the third floor of the Worrell Professional Center, Room 3205.

The court heard its first case —  Vogler Reynolda Road, LLC vs. SCI N.C. Funeral Servs. Inc.; 15 CVS 94 (Forsyth County) — on Tuesday, Jan. 10. It was presided over by the Honorable James L. Gale from Greensboro.

Business Court judges have statewide jurisdiction and may hold hearings and trials in all 100 counties. The Honorable Michael Robinson, special superior court judge for complex business cases, has chambers, staff and a dedicated business litigation courtroom at the new location in Winston-Salem. The court also has judges, staff and similar facilities in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh. Currently Wake Forest Law alumni are among those serving as clerks for all four courts.

Judge Robinson has a hearing scheduled at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17,  in the following case: Miller v. Burlington Chemical Co., LLC;13 CVS 9719 (Guilford County).

“We are overjoyed to be here,” Judge Robinson says. “Wake Forest is the only courtroom in North Carolina that we will be able to have a paperless trial…it’s the courtroom of the future.”

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.

“We look forward to a wonderful partnership with the Judicial Branch and business court,” says Wake Forest Law School Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77). “The opportunity to observe great lawyers from across the state and region arguing before Judge Robinson will enrich our students’ experience.”

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

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.

Have a question regarding the Business Court? Visit the court’s FAQs. A story about the court’s first trial was published in the Winston-Salem Journal, on WECT and WFDD, among other media outlets.