Omari S. Simmons named Howard L. Oleck Professor of Business Law

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Professor Omari Simmons

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) has announced the appointment of Omari S. Simmons as the Howard L. Oleck Professor of Business Law.

“In leading journals, Professor Simmons has published important pieces on the role of business courts, corporate counsel and corporate governance,” Dean Reynolds says. “And he has created and incorporated a business law program into the experience of every student who sees a life in the law apart from a trial lawyer. Professor Simmons has inspired everyone who knows of his work in the community with a non-profit devoted to improving college access.”

As the founding director of the law school’s Business Law Program, Professor Simmons leads the 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 has established several programs including the Sager Speaker Series, named for Thomas Sager (JD ’76), former Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Dupont Co., and current partner at Ballard Spahr LLP.  Past and future Sager speakers include: Justice Randy J. Holland, Delaware Supreme Court; Sashi Brown, Executive Vice President of Football Operations, Cleveland Browns; Corena-Norris McCluney, General Counsel, Krispy Kreme; Kenneth Feinberg, Kenneth R. Feinberg PC; and Craig Glidden, General Counsel, General Motors.

Prior to joining the Wake Forest Law School faculty in 2006, Professor Simmons worked as corporate counsel for two multinational corporations and as an associate at the law firm of Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C. Immediately after law school, he clerked for the Honorable E. Norman Veasey, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. Professor Simmons is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). He is also the Executive Director of the Simmons Memorial Foundation (SMF), a nonprofit organization that provides college consulting services and mentoring to vulnerable students.

“It is a great honor to receive this recognition and build upon the esteemed legacy of Professor Howard Oleck,” Professor Simmons says. “His impressive work across a range of subject matter areas such as nonprofit law, corporate law and torts complement his compelling personal narrative as a Renaissance man committed to the profession and the public good.”

Learn more about Professor Oleck’s life and legacy in a eulogy published by the Stetson Law Review.