Alumni in the News for November 2017

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Wake Forest School of Law alumni are featured regularly in the media. Following is a roundup of news mentions from November 2017:

Rachel Keener (JD ’02) was featured in the Asheboro (North Carolina) Courier-Tribune on Nov. 1:

Rachel Keener, Southern fiction/inspirational featured book: “Pearl Weaver’s Epic Apology”

Rachel Keener was born in the mountains of southwest Virginia in 1978. After graduating from Carson Newman College, she attended law school at Wake Forest University. She graduated in the top of her class at the age of 23. She lives in Lewisville, N.C., with her husband and three sons. She is the author of “The Killing Tree”, “The Memory Thief” and her new novel, “Pearl Weaver’s Epic Apology”.


James Duplessie was featured on Markets InsiderBuffalo News and in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Nov. 2:

James Duplessie, Senior Principal of Armory Group, LLC

Industry veteran James Duplessie joins Armory Group, LLC (“Armory”) as Senior Principal, bringing over 25 years of experience investing in middle market distressed companies. James will work with Nick Tell, Armory’s Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager, to help identify, evaluate and execute on distressed investment opportunities in the middle market. James will also help oversee Armory’s other investment strategies which includes discounted high yield bonds and leveraged loans for middle market companies.


Rachel Shields (JD ’16) was featured in the Legal Intelligencer on Nov. 3:

Rachel Shields, Landman Corsi Ballaine

Landman Corsi Ballaine & Ford added Rachel Shields to its firm.  Shields handles a wide range of matters in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey courts.

Her practice areas include the Federal Employers’ Liability Act and transportation litigation, commercial vehicle liability, premises liability, asbestos-related toxic torts, personal injury and a variety of commercial claims.


Robert Higdon (JD ’89, BA ’85) was featured in a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice on Nov. 13:

Robert Higdon, U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Committee

The Senate confirmed Robert Higdon to be United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina in October 2017.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Higdon was a partner at the law firm of Williams Mullen.  He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina.  In the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Higdon served as Chief of the Criminal Division for more than 11 years.  Mr. Higdon also served as senior trial counsel in the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice.


Casey Hurley (JD ’99) was featured in BYU-Idaho’s Campus Scroll on Nov. 24:

Casey Hurley, BYU-Idaho

Casey Hurley is a business management professor at BYU-Idaho and the only female faculty member in the Business Management department.

She has taught for almost 15 years at BYU-I and has taught classes including Financial Law, Corporate and Advanced Investments, Advanced Writing in Professional Contexts, Business Law, and Intergrated Business Core.


Kayleigh Butterfield (JD ’17) was featured in the Ledger on Nov. 24:

Kayleigh Butterfield, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has hired 11 attorneys, including Butterfield of the Litigation Practice Group, for the firm’s Nashville office as associates, bringing the total number of Bradley attorneys in Nashville to 137.


Emile Thompson (JD ’10) was featured in the November 2017 issue of Washington Lawyer:

Emile Thompson, U.S. Attorney’s Office

“I had a truly amazing experience at the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center’s Advice & Referral Clinic.  As an assistant United States attorney, my area of practice focuses exclusively on criminal prosecution, but the clinic provided me with an opportunity to expand my horizons and work with individuals who had legal issues in other areas,” Emile Thompson told Washington Lawyer (“Member Spotlight: Leadership Academy Alums Reflect on Pro Bono Day of Service”).