Professor Steve Garland (JD ’80), Justin Reissman (JD ’17) chosen to speak at 2017 Hooding Ceremony

Photo of Hooding Ceremony in Wait Chapel

Hooding Ceremony

The Wake Forest Law Class of 2017 has chosen Professor Steve Garland (JD ’80) and Justin Reissman (JD ’17) to be the speakers for the Wake Forest University School of Law Hooding Ceremony on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

The Hooding Ceremony will be at 1:45 p.m. in Wait Chapel followed by the Dean’s Reception at 4 p.m. at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem. Graduation exercises are scheduled for 9 a.m. on Monday, May 15, on Hearn Plaza. This is a private, ticketed event. Learn more about the Hooding Ceremony and Commencement on the University website.

On Monday, “Just Mercy” author Bryan Stevenson is scheduled to speak to the law school community at 11 a.m. in the Law Commons following commencement and receiving his honorary degree from the law school. Professor Mark Rabil will hood Stevenson and Sarah Saint (JD ’17) will hood Dr. John Edward Sexton, the fifteenth president of New York University and former dean of the NYU School of Law,  who is also receiving an honorary degree.

Stevenson’s New York Times bestseller is about his inspirational journey to founding the Equal Justice Initiative. His memoir served as the subject of a book discussion for professors and first-year students entering Wake Forest Law in fall 2016.

Since not all of the graduates’ family and friends can travel to Winston-Salem for the Commencement weekend festivities, the law school is providing a free Livestream of the Hooding Ceremony and of Commencement. 

Professor of Practice Steve Garland (JD ‘80) joined Wake Forest Law in 2006. A former journalist at a daily newspaper in Winston-Salem, Garland worked as a private attorney at Moore and Van Allen in Charlotte and then Blanco Tackabery in Winston-Salem, specializing in commercial real estate, commercial financing and municipal law. He teaches the foundational Master of Studies in Law (MSL) course, “The Workplace: Its Legal Context,” as well as Legal Analysis, Writing and Research (LAWR) and Business Drafting. He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University and served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Wake Forest Law Review while pursuing his JD at Wake Forest Law.

Justin Reissman (JD ‘17) is from Los Angeles, California. He graduated from the University of California Riverside as a political science major with a law and society minor. While in law school, he completed 143 pro bono hours, served as the co-director of the Expungement Pro Bono Project and was inducted as a member of the Pro Bono Honor Society. He interned with Human Rights First, Refugee Representation for consecutive summers, once in Washington, D.C., and the following summer in Los Angeles. Upon graduation, Reissman plans to continue doing refugee work in Los Angeles.