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The following is the Elder Law Clinic spring 2016 class: Brandy Davis, Alec Roberson, Marcus Fields, Tim Lewis, Emily Morris, Jenna Coogle, Rebecca Daddino and Sharon Ukodie.

Elder Law Clinic celebrates 25 years of community service

Since 1991, the Elder Law Clinic has provided free legal services to the community in Forsyth and surrounding counties.  Each semester, a new group of students joins the Elder Law Clinic to provide free legal assistance to moderate income seniors.  Continue reading »

Professor Mark Rabil talks to reporters following a hearing in Iredell County Superior Court for an Innocence and Justice Clinic client.

Last minute discovery prevents Innocence and Justice Clinic client from going free from prison

The following story, “Last minute discovery prevents Iredell man from going free from prison,” by Robert E. Lee of the Statesville Record & Landmark that ran May 20, 2016, involves a client of Wake Forest Law’s Innocence and Justice Clinic.

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Hooding 2016

Wake Forest Law celebrates first JD/MDiv and JD/MaSus dual degrees, first female SJD degree holder and confers hoods on 200-plus graduates

The Wake Forest University School of Law conferred hoods on more than 200 graduates on Sunday, May 15, including 184 Juris Doctor degree candidates, 16 international Master of Laws in American Law degree (LLM) candidates, 11 Master of Studies in Law (MSL) candidates and two Scientiae Juridicae Doctors (SJD) candidates. The school conferred hoods on the first two JD/MDiv dual degree graduates, Ashley Escoe of Arnoldsville, Georgia, and Marie Nkonge of Greensboro, North Carolina, and the first JD/MaSUS dual degree graduate, Nicholas Griffin of Fox Island, Washington. In addition, the law school conferred a hood on its first female SJD, Danya Abdulrahman Bin Mahatsin of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Continue reading »

Harold Lloyd

Professor Harold Lloyd outlines each part of North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 in The Huffington Post

Professor Harold Lloyd authored the following article, “McCrory’s House Bill 2: A Brief Outline of its Five ‘Parts’,” originally published in The Huffington Post on May 13, 2016.

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Wake Forest Law School Professor Kami Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio about Baltimore officer acquitted in Freddie Gray’s death

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons was interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio host Rob Ferrett on May 23, 2016, for the original story “Baltimore Police Officer Acquitted in Freddie Gray’s Death,” which follows. You can listen to the interview here.

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Ashley Escoe (JD ‘16) and Rolf Garcia-Gallont (JD ’16) argue in Fourth Circuit for Appellate Advocacy Clinic

Rolf Garcia-Gallont (JD ’16), Professor John Korzen (JD '91) and Ashley Escoe (JD ‘16)

Rolf Garcia-Gallont (JD ’16), Professor John Korzen (JD ’91) and Ashley Escoe (JD ‘16)

Ashley Escoe (JD ’16) and Rolf Garcia-Gallont (JD ’16) argued on May 10, 2016, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Virginia, as part of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic.

Escoe and Garcia-Gallont argued as amicus in support of the defendants-appellees in the case of Andrews v. America’s Home Living Centers, LLC et al. The three-judge panel that heard the argument consisted of Chief Judge William B. Traxler Jr. of South Carolina; Judge Roger L. Gregory of Virginia; and Senior Judge Joseph F. Anderson Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, who was sitting with the circuit court by designation.

In Andrews, the plaintiff filed a complaint in the Western District of North Carolina alleging that the defendants violated minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. After the defendants moved to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim, the plaintiff moved to amend the complaint. After a hearing at which a magistrate judge implied that the amended complaint would be futile and the original complaint would be dismissed, the plaintiff took a voluntary dismissal and then filed a new complaint with the same claim.

The defendants then moved for costs, including attorney’s fees, under Rule 41(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The district court allowed the motion, calculated the costs at around $13,000, and later dismissed the action when the plaintiff failed to pay the costs. The plaintiff appealed to the Fourth Circuit, which appointed the Wake Forest Law Appellate Advocacy Clinic to support the decision after the defendants were unable to afford counsel.

The appeal involves two issues:  (1) whether “costs” under Rule 41(d) may ever include attorney’s fees, and (2) whether the circumstances of the case support the award in this case. The first issue is an issue of first impression in the Fourth Circuit, and there is a three-way split in how other circuits have decided the issue. At the oral argument, Escoe and Garcia-Gallont split the time allotted to the appellees, with Escoe addressing the first issue and Garcia-Gallont addressing the second issue.  (They had similarly divided the research and drafting of the appellate brief, which was filed back in March, taking one issue each.)

“Ashley and Rolf both did a fantastic job in Richmond,” said Appellate Advocacy Clinic Director John Korzen (JD ’91).  “They were very clear and organized. Ashley used case law very well and had great answers to questions, while Rolf very persuasively explained why deference to district court judges is appropriate in Rule 41(d) situations,” Korzen explained.

Elissa Hachmeister (JD ’16) and Garcia-Gallont’s father and two sisters also attended the oral argument.

A decision is expected later this year, according to Korzen.

With the arguments by Escoe and Garcia-Gallont, a total of six Appellate Advocacy Clinic students made appellate oral arguments during the 2015-16 academic year, a new high for a single year in the Clinic.

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 »

Harold Lloyd

Professor Harold Lloyd writes about ‘Religious Hypocrites and Their Timeless Tactics: McCrory, Tartuffe, and House Bill 2′ on The Huffington Post

Professor Harold Lloyd wrote the following blog, “Religious Hypocrites and Their Timeless Tactics: McCrory, Tartuffe, and House Bill,” on The Huffington Post on May 21, 2016.

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of our faculty members that are invited to write in national media outlets are their own, and not reflective of Wake Forest Law as an institution. Our policy is to re-publish all faculty member articles that are published in national media.

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Professor of International Law John Knox

Professor John Knox proposes revisions to Paris Agreement component to incorporate ‘strong social and environmental safeguards’

Professor John Knox‘s work as the United Nations special rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment in his proposed revisions to a Paris Agreement component is detailed  in the following article, “Climate negotiators focus on carbon credits, underplay human rights,” written by Wake Forest Professor Justin Catanoso and published originally in Mongabay on May 23, 2016.

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Assistant Professor Andrew Verstein

Professor Andrew Verstein presents paper at 26th annual American Law and Economics Association meeting at Harvard Law

Professor Andrew Verstein presented a paper at the 26th annual American Law and Economics Association meeting held on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, 2016, at Harvard Law School.  Continue reading »