Meet James Ray (JD ’21)

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James Ray (JD ’21) is using the skills he developed in his Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (LAWR) and civil procedure classes at his summer internships.

Where do you call home?

Houston, Texas

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

University of Oklahoma

Where are you working your 1L summer?

I will be a judicial intern with the First Court of Appeals for Texas in addition to interning at Daw & Ray, LLP.

Are you working in a specific area of law?

At Daw & Ray, LLP, I will be working on civil litigation defense. I find this type of work interesting, because of the human interaction and the overt human element associated with these types of cases. Discovering what actually happened through depositions can lead to some incredibly unique stories.

What do you look forward to learning and experiencing in your summer position?

I look forward to putting the skills I’ve learned from my Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research (LAWR) and civil procedure classes into action while working at the firm.

As for the judicial internship, I look forward to seeing how much deliberation happens during appellate court decisions, because we primarily read those decisions in law school and this will be an opportunity to see one take place.

Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?

I wanted to choose a law school that was more than just a name or a building. I also immediately saw the compassion and passion that all the members of the Wake Forest community showed during my 24-hour visit to campus.

Describe the Wake Forest community.

The Wake Forest community isn’t limited to the Worrell Professional Center. You will continually interact with professors and classmates throughout all of Winston-Salem during your time here. Whether that be at the annual talent show or end-of-semester parties at your civil procedure professor’s house or Call to Conversation dinners.

I have experienced first-hand the interest professors take in their students well-being and success, not only in their class, but in their careers, too. Professors have their doors open for discussion of the class material or any questions you may have for them regarding any topic. Additionally, students here are ready to help out one another and don’t feel the need to try and get the upper hand on fellow students.

What is your most memorable experience during law school (thus far)? What makes it so memorable?

So far the Transactional Law Competition was most memorable to me, because it was an early opportunity to feel like I was actually practicing law. We drew up a contract and negotiation with competitors and got feedback from local attorneys, explaining the relevance of what we were doing.

What are you involved in outside the classroom?

I started out law school by becoming involved in the pro bono projects and have recommended doing so to all incoming students. These projects provide opportunities to connect with the community at large and law students that you don’t have class with daily. I have used these opportunities to network and put what I’m learning into practice for the betterment of the community. I will continue to invest these projects as a co-coordinator for “Know Your Rights” in the upcoming year.

Is there any professor who stands out to you?

Professor George has been extremely helpful in my development throughout this year. She provides us with a diverse set of curricular activities, which have taken our learning outside the typical lecture and exam format. She has also shared her experiences from practice and advised me on any questions that I have regarding applying my studies to the practice of law.

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

I enjoy experiencing the many local breweries and coffee shops unique to the Winston-Salem community. Those establishment allow me to experience the Winston outside of the Wake Forest community and truly experience the town.

Where do you want your law degree to take you?

I initially plan to go back to Houston and start out in private practice with aspirations to cross over to the judicial sector.