Posted: December 9th, 2019
Stephanie Raborn (JD ’21) connects with her family roots in Wake Forest Medical School to her passion for healthcare law.
Where do you call home?
Pine Mountain, Ga.
Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?
Georgia State University
Where did you work during your first summer in law school?
I was a legal intern at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital.
Are you working in a specific area of law?
Healthcare Law — everything about this field of law interests me! Healthcare is a highly regulated industry that is facing a plethora of challenges, so being able to move the needle and advocate for patients and providers and foster efficient care delivery is incredibly rewarding.
I enjoyed learning more about the day-to-day challenges and legal questions encountered by providers, and I have gained a new appreciation for efficient and creative legal research.
Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?
I visited Wake Forest Law because my father attended Wake Forest Medical School — back when it was called Bowman Grey — and I was curious about his high praise of Wake Forest and Winston-Salem. After visiting and being welcomed into what felt like a family, I knew this was the law school for me.
Describe the Wake Forest community.
Competitive, but kind. The fact that I never felt the need to close my locker or worried about my books — because, in all honesty, I’m height-challenged and reaching the dial was a pain — is telling of the environment.
What is your most memorable experience during law school (thus far)?
Kitchen dance parties with my girlfriends. These obviously take place off-campus, but I have never felt comfortable dancing before, even in private. After the first spontaneous dance party, I knew I had found my people.
What are you involved in outside the classroom?
I am involved with the Healthcare Advocacy Pro Bono Project and I am also unofficially a wellness advocate as a frequenter of Reynolds Gym. Law School will test one’s sanity and being able to leave some of that stress at the gym is important for me.
What do you do for fun in Winston-Salem when you aren’t studying?
When time allows, I enjoy nearby hiking at Pilot Mountain and exploring Winston’s restaurant and brewery scene. There is also a wonderful arts community that I hope to explore more.
Where do you want your law degree to take you?