Meet Hailey Cleek (JD/MA Bioethics ’19)

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Hailey Cleek (JD/MA Bioethics ’19) talks about her summer position at the U.S. Department of Justice and her decision to attend Wake Forest School of Law.

Where do you call home?

Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

Davidson College in North Carolina

Are you working your 2L summer?

Yes. I am working as a litigation clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice.

Are you working in a specific area of law?

Civil Litigation. My position requires deep dives into scientific literature, which I enjoy as I am pursuing a JD/MA Bioethics.

Describe your favorite experience at your job.

I was able to attend the Supreme Court Historical Society Annual Lecture. The speaker at this year’s event was Christopher J. Scalia, who discussed his new book, “Scalia Speaks.” I was able to sit next to one of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s biographers during the event, which was super fun.

Did you work your 1L summer?

Yes. I conducted public health and public policy research on new U.S. Housing and Urban Development regulations. I worked with an interdisciplinary team where I was able to explore legal intersections.

Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?

I wanted to pursue a JD/MA Bioethics and liked how accessible professors were. It felt very similar to my undergraduate school, Davidson College.

Describe the Wake Forest community.

The Wake Forest community is warm and challenging. It is so motivating to be in a place where you are encouraged by professors who are invested in you as a student. I feel fortunate that my mentors have taken time to thoughtfully critique my writing, offer new perspectives on ideas, and provide support as I navigate new experiences.

What is your most memorable experience during law school thus far?

I loved getting to start my Monday mornings my 2L fall with my Human Reproduction and the Law class. It was so motivating to learn from my peers, where we could challenge each other to think creatively.

What are you involved in outside the classroom?

I am currently the senior articles editor for the Wake Forest Law Review, the editor-in-chief of Awaken: The Creative Journal of Contemporary Bioethics, the co-president of If/When/How, as well as a healthcare advocacy coordinator for the Wake Forest Pro Bono Project.

What do you do for fun in Winston-Salem when you aren’t studying?

I convince my friends to let me play with their dogs and I play guitar.

Where do you want your law degree to take you?

I am interested in health care law and policy, and I have also enjoyed learning more about immigration and reproductive rights.