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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 »

Bid on PILO online auction through Feb. 10, annual live auction to be Thursday, Feb. 11

The Public Interest Law Organization (PILO) annual online auction is now live here and is open to all Wake Forest Law students, faculty, staff and alumni, according to PILO Auction Co-Chairs Ariana Burnette, Katie McAbee and Stephanie Jackson.

Online bidding will close at midnight Wednesday, Feb. 10.

PILO will hold its annual live auction from 5 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Law Commons. Tickets for the live auction will be on sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, through Wednesday, Feb. 10, and cost $10. Tickets purchased before the auction include food, two beer tickets and four raffle tickets. Tickets purchased at the door also cost $10 but include food, two beer tickets and one raffle ticket. Professors Michael Green and Ralph Peeples will be the auctioneers.

For those with a winning bid on an item at the live auction, payment is due immediately after winning the item. PILO accepts cash, check and credit cards.
Organizers say it’s not too late to submit a donation! Students can submit an item/service to donate to the Live Auction HEREFaculty/staff can donate HERE.

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Worrell Professional Center

Wake Forest Law joins two other schools in blazing trail for possible new standardized testing option

Several years ago Wake Forest University blazed some trails by deciding to waive SAT scores for undergraduate admissions. Now Wake Forest Law is also testing some testing waters. Joining the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, which invited Wake Forest and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law ​schools to participate in its experiment, Wake Forest Law is assessing the reliability of the GRE® revised General Test as an additional standardized test for possible admission to law school.    Continue reading »

Wake Forest School of Law Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD '77)

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) offering three North Carolina CLE ethics courses on the future of legal services in February

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) and Wake Forest Law are partnering with the North Carolina Bar Association to offer three one-hour Continuing Legal Education (CLE) ethics courses entitled, “The ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services: Opportunities for Lawyers and Legal Education,” in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Raleigh in February 2016. The cost to attend is $20. Lunch will be provided at the Winston-Salem event and a reception will follow the events in Charlotte and Raleigh. Continue reading »

BLSA to host 31st Annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 12

The Wake Forest Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will host its 31st Annual Scholarship Banquet on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. The theme is “Fulfilling the Dream,” a response to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call-to-action years ago and “what we are doing to fulfill his dream today, especially considering on-campus movements, student protests and presidential elections,” says Ashlee Johnson, BLSA member and event chair.

The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, the keynote address and presentation of awards scheduled to last through 8:30. Continue reading »

Appellate Advocacy Clinic hears arguments at U.S. Supreme Court

The Appellate Advocacy Clinic recently made its annual visit to the United States Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 19. There the clinic members observed oral arguments in the case of Americold Realty Trust v. ConAgra Foods and met with Supreme Court Fellow Debra Perlin. Before the trip, the clinic reviewed all the briefs in Americold.

The issue in Americold is whether the citizenship of a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), for diversity purposes, should be based on the states in which its trustees are located or the states in which its beneficiaries are located. The case presents a classic choice between two competing rules from prior Supreme Court decisions. The Court previously held in one case that the citizenship of a common law trust is based on the citizenship of its trustees, and it established a bright-line rule in another case that the citizenship of all non-corporate entities is based on where the beneficiaries are located. (The citizenship of a corporation is based on where the corporation is incorporated and has its principal place of business.) Petitioners urge the Court to apply the rule for common law trusts to REITs, while Respondents ask the Court to treat REITs as a non-corporate entity. The decision will affect whether federal courts had diversity jurisdiction of this case and, more broadly, how citizenship of REITs will be determined from now on. Counsel for both sides argued well, and eight of the nine Justices asked questions. Seeing the Justices and counsel in action in the unique setting of the Supreme Court was a great experience.

This year marked the 10th straight year in which the Appellate Advocacy Clinic has visited the Supreme Court to observe arguments. The Appellate Advocacy Clinic is a two-semester course for third-year law students who have demonstrated proficiency in LAWR I & II and Appellate Advocacy. The clinic represents indigent and non-profit clients in federal and state appellate courts. Contact Professor John Korzen for more information about the clinic.

Wake Forest Law to co-sponsor panel discussion ‘Truth, Lies and Politics’ on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Wait Chapel

Wake Forest Law is co-sponsoring “Truth, Lies and Politics: Ideology, Rationality and Choice in an Election Year” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Wait Chapel.

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Jason Benetti , Class of 2011

Jason Benetti (JD ’11) tells Ballpark Digest joining Chicago White Sox broadcast team is bizarre, wonderful

Jason Benetti (JD ’11) was interviewed by Ballpark Digest on his new position on the Chicago White Sox broadcast team in the following post. Read the original interview here.


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Wake Forest Law School professor Mark Hall.

Professor Mark Hall quoted in Hendersonville Times-News editorial regarding expanding Medicaid in North Carolina

Professor Mark Hall, director of the Health Law and Policy Program, is quoted in the following editorial originally published in the Hendersonville Times-News here about research he completed with Edwin Shoaf (’15) on the costs and benefits of Medicaid expansion for North Carolina.

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Federalist Society event on the militarization of American police reported in the Winston-Salem Journal

Wake Forest Law’s Federalist Society, as well as the Criminal Law Roundtable and the Criminal Justice Program, hosted an event featuring Washington Post reporter and author Radley Balko to discuss the increasing militarization of American police officers. The event was covered in the Winston-Salem Journal by Michael Hewlett here.  The original story follow.

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John Comegno

John Comengo (JD ’97) sworn to fourth term as Burlington County Bridge Commission Chairman

John Comengo (JD ’97) has served as the Burlington County Bridge Commission Chairman since 2007. In January 2016, he was sworn to fourth term as Burlington County Bridge Commission Chairman. The following story submitted by Elizabeth Verna, communications director of the Commission based in New Jersey, follows.

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