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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg-led mock appeal 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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Wake Forest University Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree telemedicine course is first of its kind

Wake Forest University’s fully online Master of Studies in Law (MSL) degree and certificate program’s innovative telemedicine course is the first of its kind to be taught in a law school, according to the American Telemedicine Association.

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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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Adjunct Professor David C. Smith (JD ’84) named co-recipient of Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award by D.C. Bar

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP partner and Adjunct Professor David Coventry Smith (JD ’84) has been honored as a co-recipient of the Laura N. Rinaldi Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award by the D.C. Bar, according to its website. Continue reading »

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Alumni, Professor Joel Newman among those to be honored at annual NCBA meeting June 22-25

A number of Wake Forest Law alumni are among those set to be honored at the 119th Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Bar Association (NCBA), which will be held Thursday through Sunday, June 22-25, 2017, in Asheville. Continue reading »