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Lauren Emery (’16) wins 43rd annual George K. Walker Moot Court Competition

Lauren Emery (’16)  won the 43rd annual George K. Walker Moot Court Competition final round held at Wake Forest University School of Law on Thursday, April 17. Continue reading »

Assistant Professor of Law Gregory Parks

Book co-edited by Professor Gregory Parks premieres as play on Oct. 15 in New York

A book co-written by Professor Gregory S. Parks and Matthew W. Hughey has been arranged for a theatrical production, “12 Angry Men.” The play will premiere at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in residence at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts in Brooklyn, New York. The theatrical readings are part of a larger event series sponsored by Bed-Stuy’s Restoration Plaza. The play is based on “12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today,” written by Parks and Hughey and published by The New Press in 2011. View show details and buy tickets here.

Professor Parks’ research focuses on both race and law issues as well as social science and law issues. His scholarship also focuses on black fraternal networks and their relation to the law–e.g., biographies of prominent African-American lawyers and judges who were/are life-long members of these organizations, the role of these organizations in African-Americans’ quest for social justice and civil rights, and the legal issues around violent hazing within these organizations. Professor Parks has authored or edited nearly 10 scholarly books, including “The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America?” (Oxford University Press 2011) and “Alpha Phi Alpha: A Legacy of Greatness, the Demands of Transcendence” (University Press of Kentucky 2011). Prior to coming to Wake Forest, Professor Parks practiced in Trial Group in the D.C. office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Cornell Law School and a law clerk on both the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Hon. Andre M. Davis) and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals (Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby). Follow him on Twitter @BlackJDPhD

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Professor Shannon Gilreath

Professor Shannon Gilreath quoted in The Washington Post article, ‘What’s so upsetting about a gay couple kissing in public?’

Professor of Law and Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Shannon Gilreath is quoted in The Washington Post Civilities column, “What’s so upsetting about a gay couple kissing in public?,” on Tuesday, Oct. 12 regarding the double standard that goes well beyond public displays of affection for gay people. The article follows in full below. Continue reading »

JBIPL wins best education blog in The Expert Institute’s 2015 Best Legal Blog Contest

The Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law (JBIPL) was named first place in the education category in the 2015 Best Legal Blog Contest held by The Expert Institute as the results posted on Monday, Oct. 12.

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Wake Forest Law hosts ABA program ‘Grit and Growth Mindset: Advancing Women in the Law’ on Thursday, Oct. 22

Wake Forest Law’s Women in Law, the Office of Career & Professional Development (OCPD) and the Forsyth County Women Attorneys Association will present “Grit and Growth Mindset: Advancing Women in the Law” from 3 to 5 p.m on Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1101. Catharine Arrowood (JD ’73), former president of the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Honorable Denise Hartsfield (JD ’91) will help lead the training. Registration for the training, which is free and open to current students and alumni, is available here.

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The Federalist Society holds U.S. Supreme Court round-up on Oct. 13

Wake Forest Law’s Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society held a U.S. Supreme Court round-up featuring commentary from Professors Wilson Parker and Ron Wright on upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in Worrell Professional Center.

Professor Wright started the conversation by discussing criminal law cases. Wright stressed the rise in U.S. Supreme Court cases involving the 8th Amendment and the decline in cases centered around the 4th Amendment.

Some of the cases and topics Professor Wright discussed included the following.

  • Montgomery v. Louisiana: 8th Amendment and Life Imprisonment for Juveniles
  • Hurst v. Florida: Florida Death Penalty issue
  • Kansas v. Carr and Kansas v. Gleason: 8th Amendment and Death Penalty issues
  • Foster v. Chatman: Race Discrimination

Professor Parker then continued the discussion and spoke about the role Anthony Kennedy would play in the upcoming cases that deal with voting, affirmative action and abortion. Some of the cases and topics Professor Parker discussed included the following.

  • Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin: Affirmative action in education
  • Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission: One person, One vote districting issues
  • Florida v. Georgia and Mississippi v. Tennessee: Whether or not states can seek a right of access to water sources not physically in the boundaries of their state
  • Currier v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which involves Mississippi laws regulating abortion providers and whether or not they are overly burdensome under current law

The Federalist Society for Law and Policy Studies is “an organization of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of government is essential to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province of the judiciary to say what the law is-not what it should be,” according to its website.













Pro Bono Project’s “Know Your Rights” team presents about legal rights to WFU residential advisors

Members of the Wake Forest School of Law Pro Bono Project’s “Know Your Rights” team presented information on police encounters to undergraduate Resident Advisors (RAs) at Wake Forest University Monday, Oct. 12 on the Reynolda Campus. The “Know Your Rights” project is one of The Pro Bono Project’s newest ventures, with a mission to educate different community groups about their constitutional rights in various police interactions. This year, “Know Your Rights” will offer presentations not only to members of the Wake Forest University community but also to individuals at local prisons, high schools and churches.

The presentation to RAs centered on a discussion of the movie ‘Crash,’ a 2004 film which explores racial and social tensions in Los Angeles through the intertwined stories and experiences of various characters. After RAs viewed the movie, they heard the presentation from the “Know Your Rights” team. The presentation focuses on knowledge of legal rights in three different potential encounters with police: conversations, detentions and arrests. Students were informed about the “reasonable suspicion” standard, their right to remain silent and the importance of requesting a lawyer as soon as you are arrested. Students and the “Know Your Rights” team then discussed scenes from the movie and how those situations could have played out differently and more positively.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Know Your Rights project should contact Stephanie Jackson of the Pro Bono Project at



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Wake Forest Law Review to host Fall 2015 symposium on Friday, Oct. 23

The Wake Forest Law Review will host its Fall 2015 symposium, “Revisiting Langdell: Legal Education Reform and the Lawyer’s Craft,” on Friday, Oct. 23, at Wake Forest University. The symposium will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Benson University Center, Room 401. The event is free and open to the public.

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Wake Forest Law hosts ‘Lawyers Without Rights’ exhibit through Oct. 30

Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, the highly acclaimed international exhibit, “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich,” portraying persecution of Jewish lawyers and judges during Nazi era, is available for viewing through Friday, Oct. 30, in the Wake Forest Law Library Rotunda in Worrell Professional Center on the Reynolda Campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Times for the exhibit include: Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
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Pro Bono Project partners with Samaritan Ministries to offer Expungement Clinics

The Pro Bono Project will begin hosting Expungement Clinics each month for clients of Samaritan Ministries in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Samaritan’s Ministries is a non-profit that is part 90-day homeless shelter, part food bank and part year-long rehabilitation program for older adults. Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law graduates top overall North Carolina bar exam passage rate

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest Law graduates had the highest overall bar passage rate (which includes repeaters) at 83 percent among North Carolina law schools for the North Carolina bar exam in July 2015. That’s compared with a state overall passage rate of 58 percent, according to the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners.

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