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Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) , Professor Omari Simmons and Innocence and Justice Clinic earn Winston-Salem Chronicle’s Community Service Awards

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77), Professor Omari Simmons and the Innocence and Justice Clinic, led by Professor Mark Rabil, were honored at the Winston-Salem Chronicle’s 31st Annual Community Service Awards Gala on April 23, 2016.

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Hooding Ceremony

Professor Rebecca Morrow and Maria Nkonge (JD/M.Div ’16) chosen to speak at 2016 Hooding Ceremony

The Wake Forest Law Class of 2016 has chosen Professor Rebecca Morrow and Maria Nkonge (JD/M.Div ’16) to be the speakers for the Wake Forest University School of Law Hooding Ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

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Professor Kami Chavis Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons tells Christian Science Monitor the Tamir Rice settlement won’t spur reform

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons was quoted in the following article, “After $6 million Tamir Rice settlement, questions of justice linger,” published originally by The Christian Science Monitor on April 25. This story also ran in Yahoo! News.
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Pro Bono Project earns American Bar Association ‘A Day of Service’ award for 2015 Pro Bono Week

The Pro Bono Project is the recipient of the American Bar Association (ABA) Day of Service Award from the Law Student Division thanks in part to Wake Forest Law students’ dedication to pro bono legal services, especially during the ABA’s Pro Bono Week in October 2015.

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Professor Tim Davis

Professor Tim Davis discusses how athletes choose which school to attend in the Raleigh News & Observer

Professor Tim Davis was quoted in the following story, “Large number of transfers rocks college basketball,” originally published in the Raleigh News & Observer on April 24, 2016.

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Wake Forest Law wins North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy for third year in a row

Wake Forest Law has continued its winning streak as the largest contributor per capita (and on the whole) in the Law School category of the North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy. Wake Forest Law students donated 8965.25 pounds of food for an average of 13.28 pounds of food per person.

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Online MSL student Crystal Richmond, a paralegal from Atlanta, Georgia, talks with Professor Ellen Murphy about her coursework. Murphy is the law school's assistant dean for instructional design.

Wake Forest Law launches part-time, online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree with focus on health care, HR

Wake Forest Law has launched a fully online, part-time Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree program for working professionals who want a better understanding of the law.

Applications for Fall 2016 are now being accepted here. The degree program, which can be completed in less than two years, combines the flexibility and accessibility of online learning with the rigor and academic excellence that are hallmarks of Wake Forest Law. The online MSL is the law school’s first wholly online degree offering.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring a Wake Forest Law education to individuals who would not have been able to take advantage of this unique opportunity solely because of geography,” explains Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ‘77). “Our new online MSL degree is designed to help professionals reach the next level in their careers.” Continue reading »

Dr. Aaron Oyarce Yuzelli Presents Dissertation on Sustainability and Indigenous Populations

Aaron OyarceDr. Aaron Oyarce Yuzzelli of Peru recently presented his Scientiae Juridicae Doctor (SJD) dissertation to faculty, staff, and classmates. The successfully defended work is entitled “Sustainability and Indigenous Populations: Yaneshos Amueshos Ashaninkas of Peru and Sioux of the United States.”

Oyarce Yuzzelli, who has previously earned a JD and a Ph.D. in Education from the Universidad San Martin de Porres, a Magister and an LL.M. from Universita di Roma la Sapienza,  and an SJD from Universidad Alas Peruansa, also has an LL.M. from Wake Forest University. His published texts include Temas de Derecho Ambiental and Nuevas Tendencias del Derecho (Themes of Environmental Law and New Trends in Law respectively) among others. During his SJD studies, he has continued his research and investigation on environmental law. His dissertation advisor was Richard Schneider, Associate Dean of International Programs, and his advisory committee was rounded out by Professors Wilson Parker and John Knox.

Oyarce Yuzzelli’s presentation began with a survey of the status of the studied indigenous peoples in international law. This included a focus on the protections and declarations that involve them, as well as the regional systems and federal recognitions that pertain to these populations. Oyarce Yuzzelli’s attention to environmental law included transboundary issues, previous case studies and legal precedents, and the environmental protection treatises and how they protect and engage the indigenous populations of the US and Peru. Specific topics studied included how ecotourism may benefit the Yaneshos Amueshos Ashaninkas, as well as how GMOs may have negative effects on both the peoples and their surrounding biodiversity.

Oyarce Yuzzelli concluded from his research that the gaps between international and national laws regarding the environment and indigenous peoples must be closed, and there must be global agreements on protections and support. Oyarce Yuzzelli also called for widespread anthropological study and documentation of Peruvian tribes, in order to both record the cultures for posterity, but also to gain an understanding of the peoples affected by international environmental law.


Andrew Kilpinen (JD ’16) to clerk for Chief Judge Brendan L. Shannon of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

Wake Forest Univ. Law School Head Shots 8/16/13

Andrew Kilpinen (JD ‘ 16) has accepted a judicial clerkship with Chief Judge Brendan L. Shannon of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. Kilpinen’s clerkship will begin after graduation. Continue reading »


Winston-Salem Chronicle: Professor Beth Hopkins leaving a legacy of service at Wake Forest

Professor Beth Hopkins was featured in an article written in the Winston-Salem Chronicle, “Hopkins leaving a legacy of service at Wake Forest”, on April 28. The original article follows. Continue reading »