Alumni in the News for June 2018

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Wake Forest School of Law alumni are featured regularly in the media. Following is a roundup of news mentions from June 2018:

The late Johnson Jay Hayes (JD ‘09) was featured in Wilkes Journal-Patriot on May 29:

Johnson Jay Hayes (1886-1970), former district court judge, Wilkes County

Diverse achievements noted: “Johnson Jay Hayes, born in Purlear, was a federal district court judge. He graduated from Wake Forest Law School in 1909. In 1927, President Calvin Coolidge appointed him as Middle District court judge and he was the only judge of the district for 30 years. Hayes helped organize the Wilkes Building and Loan Association and the Kiwanis Club. Always interested in education, he was instrumental in establishing Wilkes Community College and in moving Wake Forest College from Wake County to Winston-Salem. Hayes married Willa Virginia Harless and they were the parents of six children.”

Mary Sharp (JD ‘93) of Sharp Law Firm was featured in Low Country Biz SC on June 17:

 Beaufort attorney Mary E. Sharp, a member of the South Carolina Bar board of governors since 2014, was sworn in as Bar secretary on May 24th.  Mary has more than 20 years of experience representing individual and corporate clients in trial and appellate proceedings, and is AV-Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. She also serves as a mediator.

Mary also serves as an ex-officio member of the board of the South Carolina Bar Foundation. She is a past president of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Association, a past president of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, a past president of the board of trustees of Lowcountry Legal Volunteers, a past president of the Charleston Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and a past president of the board of directors of Friends of Caroline Hospice.

Hamilton DeSaussure, Jr. (JD ‘83) of Day Ketterer was featured in Sunbury News on June 14:

Hal DeSaussure, Jr. was inducted into the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s (OSBF) Fellows Program.  He is an attorney at Day Ketterer. An alumnus of Wake Forest University Law School, he’s a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Akron Bar Foundation Board of Governors, and an Akron Bar Foundation Fellow. DeSaussure served on the board of directors for the Akron Law Library Association – Board of Directors. He was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for Business Litigation in 2017 and 2018.

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich (JD ‘82) of King & Spaulding was featured on the Heritage Foundation website on June 21:

Gov. Ehrlich is a former Governor of Maryland as well as a former United States Congressman and state legislator. He is also the author of Turn This Car Around, America: Hope for Change, and Turning Point, in addition to columns and opinion pieces that have appeared in America’s leading newspapers and periodicals, including The Washington Examiner,The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times, The Weekly Standard, and National Review. Currently, Governor Ehrlich is a partner at the firm of King & Spalding in Washington, D.C.


Peter Jennings (JD ‘85) of  Dow Chemical was featured in Japan Times on June 24: 

Peter Jennings joined Dow as an attorney in 1985 for the firm’s Michigan Operations, and within a year was representing the firm in major legal cases. In 1998, he moved to Hong Kong after accepting the role of legal counsel for Dow Pacific, and provided key legal advice for all major commercial and financial issues during his six years in the region. After steadily taking on increasingly major roles back in the United States, Jennings took on his current role in Tokyo as president of Dow Japan and Korea, along with associate general counsel for Asia Pacific. He is a member of the state bar in Texas and Michigan, and is the vice president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. His interests include golf and travel.


Robert Collins (JD ‘00) Collins & Collins Law Offices, PLLC was featured in Wilmington Biz on June 26:

Robert Collins has been appointed by the New Hanover County Board of Education to the Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees, according to a news release, and will begin his term with the college board of trustees in July.

Collins’ community involvement has been extensive, officials said in the release. He has served as a board member of the N.C. Department of Transportation and a N.C. Azalea Festival volunteer and executive board member, including festival president in 2016. His service also includes serving on the board of the American Heart Association, a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Wilmington for more than eight years, and president of Eastwood Village Homeowners’ Association.

In 2000, Collins was admitted to the N.C. State Bar and the New Hanover County Bar. That same year, he became a founding partner of Collins & Collins Law Offices, PLLC, focusing on real estate law.

Kevin Rice (JD ‘18) was featured in  Charleston Post and Courier in June 30:

During the past three summers — when he’s not been attending Wake Forest Law — Rice, a former SYracuse University lacrosse star, has been earning extra cash as one of the top attackers in Major League Lacrosse for the Atlanta Blaze.  He is scheduled to take the bar in late July. Currently, Rice leads the Blaze with 50 points on 24 goals and 26 assists this season.

April Crowson (JD ‘01) was featured in Davidson of County’s Dispatch on June 27:

Republican April Crowson filed Tuesday, June 26, to run for District Court Judge in Judicial District 22B, according to a news release. District 22B is comprised of Davidson and Davie counties. Crowson is vying for seat 1 and will face incumbent judge Mary Covington. Crowson is a former Lexington Senior High School social studies teacher. She started practicing law in 2001 at Brinkley Walser and has had her own private practice in Lexington since 2010.