Posted: March 10th, 2017 | By: Lisa Snedeker
Corena Norris-McCluney (JD ’00), vice president and general counsel of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, will speak at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312, as part of the Business Law Program’s Sager Speaker Series. Lunch and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be served.
A graduate of North Carolina State University as well as Wake Forest Law, Norris-McCluney practiced with Kilpatrick Townsend LLP for nearly 12 years before joining Krispy Kreme in 2014. She clerked for the Honorable K. Edward Greene at the North Carolina Court of Appeals for two years before joining Kilpatrick Townsend.
Norris-McCluney, a native of North Carolina, was a 2012 recipient of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award. She was recognized for arranging for students at Cook Elementary School in Winston-Salem to participate in the Stories of Excellence luncheon series every month for five years at the time. The series featured inspiring speakers sharing their stories of success with the fifth-graders, thereby planting the seeds of success for future generations. Norris-McCluney also provides volunteer leadership to the Carolina Tide Basketball Organization and Crisis Control Ministry, YMCA of Northwest North Carolina Metropolitan, Heartstrings Pregnancy and Infancy Loss Support Group, St. Paul United Methodist Church and the Winston-Salem Foundation.
“It is an honor to have Corena as our Sager Series speaker,” Professor Omari Simmons says. “She will discuss the general counsel role and the unique challenges today’s corporate counsel face.”
The Sager Speaker Series is named for Thomas Sager (JD ’76), former vice president and general counsel for Dupont Co., and current partner at Ballard Spahr LLP. Sager was a strong and early proponent of diversity in the legal profession and helped pioneer the DuPont Convergence and Law Firm Partnering Program, or DuPont Legal Model, an industry benchmark that has received national acclaim for its innovative approach to the business of practicing law.
“The Business Law Program is an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their readiness for the challenges of an increasingly complex legal environment,” says Sager, who is also a member of the Law School Board of Visitors.
The Sager Series is hosted by the Business Law Program, which is a student-centered program designed to expand student opportunities that strengthen knowledge of business law concepts as well as develop skills to assist professional development and readiness for practice. Professor Simmons who teaches Contracts, Business Associations, Advanced Corporations, among other courses, is the director of the program.