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Professor Don Castleman

Memorial service for Professor Don Castleman held Saturday, Feb. 7

The Wake Forest Law community is in shock over the recent death of Professor Don Castleman, who began teaching at the law school in 1979. For 36 years, Professor Castleman specialized in estates, trusts, and taxation. His obituary can be found in the Winston-Salem Journal here.

A memorial service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Cherry Street, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27101, with Pastor Peter Barnes officiating. There will be a gathering in the church’s Fellowship Hall following the service. Flowers can be sent to the church. Memorial donations may be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Ka., 66675, or at

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Professor Michael Curtis

Professor Michael Curtis writes Huffington Post blog about using race in the struggle for political mastery

After their victories in 2010 state legislative elections, Republicans reapportioned a number of state legislatures. They drew districts so that, for later elections, a minority or slim majority of Republican voters for Congress or the state legislature could produce a super-majority of Republican legislators. Since most blacks vote Democratic, Republican legislators often gerrymandered using race. They claimed justification under the Voting Rights Act. North Carolina is an instructive example of the technique. Continue reading »

Professor Omari Simmons

Professor Omari Simmons featured in winter issue of the Journal of College Admission

Professor Omari Simmons discusses “social capital deficit” in the winter 2015 issue of the Journal of College Admission. Continue reading »

Professor Omari Simmons

Professor Omari Simmons participates in 27th Annual Sadie T.M. Alexander Commemorative Conference

Professor Omari Simmons served as a panelist for the 27 Annual Sadie T.M Alexander Commemorative Conference, hosted by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at University of Pennsylvania Law School on Saturday, Jan. 24. Continue reading »

Jenica Cassidy ('14)

Jenica Cassidy (’14) examines restoration of rights for adults with ABA Commission on Law and Aging

Jenica Cassidy (’14) has been serving as a Fellow with the ABA Commission on Law and Aging since August 2014.  As a Fellow, she has been working on a study that examines termination of guardianships and restoration of rights for adults.

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Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds ('77)

Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77) to receive Renaissance Lawyer Award from N.C. Bar Association

The North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA) Board of Governors has voted unanimously to award the H. Brent McKnight Renaissance Lawyer Award to interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (’77). The award will be presented at the NCBA Annual Meeting on June 19 in Asheville, N.C. Catharine Arrowood (BA ’73, JD ’76), partner at Parker Poe and president of the NCBA, will present the award to Dean Reynolds. Arrowood received the award in 2011. Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law students participate in annual Martin Luther King Day of Service project

The Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. provided clothes, food and education to the community for its annual Martin Luther King Day of Service project Monday. Continue reading »

Susan Sparks (’87) to deliver the 2015 Carolyn M. Parker Memorial Preaching/Teaching Lectures Jan. 31-Feb. 1

LEXINGTON, N.C. — Susan Sparks (’87), a pastor, comedian and lawyer, will deliver the 2015 Carolyn M. Parker Memorial Preaching/Teaching Lectures on Saturday, Jan. 31, and Sunday, Feb. 1,  at First Baptist Church, West Third Avenue, in Lexington. Continue reading »

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Winston-Salem ranks No. 2 among most affordable U.S. cities

Winston-Salem was No. 2 among a list of the top 10 affordable cities in a ranking by an online publication, although local officials said they doubted the ranking would make that much difference in their efforts to market the city. Continue reading »

Professor Mark Hall tells Yahoo Finance insurance premiums are going up due to medical costs, not corporate profits

The rising cost of healthcare is a big budget-buster for many families, and a lot of them fault the Affordable Care Act for straining their finances. But the controversial healthcare law appears to be getting far more blame than it deserves. Continue reading »