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Alan Palmiter named William T. Wilson, III, Presidential Chair for Business Law

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) has announced the appointment of Alan Palmiter as the William T. Wilson, III, Presidential Chair for Business Law. The university named its two newest chairs on July 13, 2017. In addition to Palmiter, Koleman Strumpf was named the Burchfield Presidential Chair of Political Economy. Continue reading »

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Funeral service for Dean Emeritus John D. Scarlett set for Monday, July 17

Dean Emeritus and retired Professor of Law John “Don” Scarlett, 93, died on July 10, 2017, after an extended illness. A funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 17, at First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall.

Dean Scarlett joined the Wake Forest faculty in 1955, one year prior to the college’s historic move to Winston-Salem. A teacher of Torts, Constitutional Law, and International Law, Dean Scarlett was one of nine faculty members at the law school under the leadership of Dean Carroll Weathers (BA ‘22, JD ‘23).

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Media Roundup for July 7, 2017

Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of July 7, 2017:

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg-led appeals panel rules for Shylock at Law Library of Congress

Shylock, the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” has prevailed – but not for his pound of flesh. In a mock appeal organized by Professor Dick Schneider and hosted by the Library of Congress, the panel of appellate judges decreed that Shylock receive his original loan of 3,000 ducats without his having to convert to Christianity.

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Alumni Profile: Marcus Fields (BA ’10, JD ’16) finds career in elder law very rewarding

As a student working in Wake Forest Law’s Elder Law Clinic, Marcus Fields (BA ’10, JD ’16) watched a client struggle to balance his full-time job with overseeing his mother’s care in a local nursing home, while also selling her home in another part of the state. The man made a common error that could have put his mother in danger of being dropped from the Medicaid rolls.

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Reid Whitten (JD ’07) named managing partner at the Sheppard Mullin London office

Former Fletcher Scholar, Reid Whitten (JD ’07), has been named managing partner of the London office of Sheppard Mullin. Following is a brief interview about his journey and transition to London.

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Bobby Griffin (JD ’67) inducted into N.C. Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame

Four new members of the North Carolina Bar Association’s General Practice Hall of Fame were inducted on Thursday, June 22, at the 119th NCBA Annual Meeting in Asheville.

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Media Roundup for the week of June 22, 2017

 Wake Forest Law faculty, students and staff are quoted regularly in the media. Following are the media mentions for the week of June 22, 2017:

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Student Profile: Karen Frekko (MSL ’18)

After completing her first two semesters of Wake Forest Law’s online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree, Senior Associate Director of Information Technology Karen Frekko (MSL ’18) says she has found “a new set of tools” in her toolbox.

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North Carolina Business Court Clerk Profile: Derek Bast (JD ’15)

Wake Forest Law is the only ranked law school in the country that is also home to a working business court. When the North Carolina Business Court heard its first case in January 2017 in its newest court located in the Worrell Professional Center, it came to light that Wake Forest Law alumni are currently working as clerks within each of the four state business court locations in Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro as well as Winston-Salem. Derek Bast (JD ’15) is the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Louis A. Bledsoe III at the North Carolina Business Court in Charlotte. Bast, who is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, studied Classical Languages Major, Religious Studies Minor at Vanderbilt University. A highlight of his clerkship so far has been getting to see a case through to a jury verdict. “Trials are remarkably dynamic compared to the measured process of motion practice,” he said. Following is an interview with Bast about his clerkship.

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