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Lauren Emery ('16) and Alexis Iffert ('16)

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 »

Professor Mark Hall

Professor Mark Hall named new Health Law and Policy Program director

Wake Forest Law is introducing its Health Law and Policy Program, which is designed to strengthen students’ knowledge and engagement to prepare them to enter the fields of health law and public policy, in fall 2015. Continue reading »

Elder Law Clinic to co-host cultural competency training for dealing with older LGBT clients on Aug. 4

The Elder Law Clinic at Wake Forest University School of Law and the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging Regional Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program will co-host, “A Caring Response for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Clients,” program at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Drive. Continue reading »

Appellate Clinic wins appeal in Fourth Circuit

In a unanimous published opinion, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled on June 30 in favor of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic, in the case of United States v. Joseph Newbold. Ashley Waring (’15) had argued to the panel of Fourth Circuit judges on behalf of Defendant Newbold on March 24, at the Fourth Circuit courthouse in Richmond, Virginia. Kathleen Bradway (’15) and Professor John Korzen (’91), director of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic, assisted with the briefs and oral argument preparation. Continue reading »

Professor Omari Simmons

Business Law Program launches new courses to address emerging issues

The Business Law Program is launching two new cutting-edge courses for upper-level students to add to Wake Forest Law’s strong business law offerings.

“These courses, taught or co-taught by first-class practitioners, expand student exposure and deepen student understanding of emerging business law issues,” says Director Omari Simmons.

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

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) principal drafter for ULC legislation recognizing Canadian domestic violence protection orders

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC) has approved legislation urging U.S. law enforcement and courts to recognize Canadian domestic violence protection orders. Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77), who was appointed to the ULC by former North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue, was the reporter of the statute’s drafting committee.

Today’s move comes four years after the Uniform Law Conference of Canada adopted the Enforcement of Canadian Judgments and Decrees Amendment Act (ECJDAA), which provides for the recognition of foreign protection orders.

“We hope this act, which grants a kind of reciprocity for Canadian orders, will usher in a broader recognition of the protection orders of other countries,” Reynolds said of the drafting committee’s legislation.

The Drafting Committee began its work with the benefit of years of significant work on cross-jurisdiction recognition of domestic violence protection orders, according to a committee memo. In 1994, Congress passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which requires states to give full faith and credit to the protection orders of sister states as long as the orders were issued consistently with VAWA’s provisions. In responding to this mandate in 2002, the Conference adopted the Uniform Interstate Enforcement of Domestic-Violence Protection Orders Act (IEDVPOA), facilitating interstate recognition and enforcement of the domestic violence orders of other states.  The uniform act has been adopted in 20 jurisdictions, and other states have enacted legislation that parallels the uniform act.

“Reflecting the friendship between the United States and Canada, our hope is that all states will eventually adopt the Uniform Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Protection Orders on Domestic Violence Act,” Reynolds says.  “Of course, the act is especially important for states along the Canadian border.”

The memo states that while the Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Family Law initially recommended an act on the recognition and enforcement of all foreign domestic violence protection orders, the final charge from Scope and Program was to facilitate recognition of Canadian orders only. The rationale for the narrowing of the scope of the Conference’s project was that the Conference did not want to interfere with the ongoing project of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, which is studying the possibility of a convention on universal inter-country recognition of domestic violence orders.  In the meantime, in light of the Canadian recognition of protection orders from the United States, the Conference asked this committee to draft an act narrowly recognizing only Canadian orders in this country.

The passage of the Act was part of this week’s agenda at the UCL 2015 Annual Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia. As the reporter for act, Reynolds assisted in presenting the act to the
conference.  At the annual meeting, Reynolds also accepted a position on the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Family Law, which will make recommendations on future uniform acts on topics related to family law.

The ULC, now in its 124th year, comprises more than 350 practicing lawyers, governmental lawyers, judges, law professors, and lawyer-legislators from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Commissioners are appointed by their states to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states.

After receiving the ULC’s seal of approval, a uniform act is officially promulgated for consideration by the states, and legislatures are urged to adopt it.  Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has been responsible for more than 200 acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

Six new uniform acts or amendments, including the Uniform Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Protection Orders on Domestic Violence Act, were scheduled for completion at this summer’s annual meeting. The current drafts of all of the acts can be found at the ULC’s website at

Professor Ron Wright is one of the nation’s best known criminal justice scholars.  He is the co-author of two casebooks in criminal procedure and sentencing; his empirical research concentrates on the work of criminal prosecutors.

Professor Ronald Wright’s study on scarcity of elected black prosecutors across U.S. cited by Reuters, other national media

Professor Ronald Wright’s study on elected prosecutors was recently quoted in numerous national news stories regarding the fact that 60 percent of states do not have elected black prosecutors. Continue reading »

Wake Forest law professor Harold Lloyd poses in the Worrell Professional Center on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.

Professor Harold Lloyd writes Huffington Post blog about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia

Justice Scalia in a fairly-recent co-authored book (Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts) tells us that “in their full context, words mean what they conveyed to reasonable people at the time they were written — with the understanding that general terms may embrace later technological innovations.” Justice Scalia considers something like this approach “the normal, natural approach to understanding anything that has been said or written in the past.” (I say “something like this” because in that most recent book Justice Scalia gives multiple and not entirely consistent definitions of original meaning — more about that below.) Continue reading »

Professor Steve Virgil

Wake Forest Law Community Law and Business and Innocence and Justice clinics relocate to Worrell Professional Center

The Wake Forest School of Law Community Law & Business Clinic (CLBC) is relocating to the newly renovated Worrell Professional Center on the Reynolda Campus as of July 1. Continue reading »

Professor Tim Davis

Professor Timothy Davis named Wake Forest Law’s newest academic dean

Professor Timothy Davis will serve as Wake Forest Law’s newest Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is the first African-American to serve in this role at the law school. Continue reading »

Nick Griffin ('16)

Wake Forest Law and CEES partner to offer JD/MA in Sustainability (JD/MASus)

The Wake Forest University School of Law and the University’s Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) are partnering to offer a dual Juris Doctor and Master of Arts in Sustainability (JD/MASus) degree. What makes this degree unique is that unlike most dual degree offerings, students will be able to complete the degree in three years. Continue reading »