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Betsy J. Walsh ('94)

Betsy J. Walsh (’94) is first living organ donor appointed to President of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network

Betsy J. Walsh (’94), vice president and deputy general counsel for Novant Health, Inc., has been elected president of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN/UNOS) board of directors. She will serve a one-year term beginning in July 2015. Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law, Worrell Professional Center

Student/Alumna Profile: Karen Knippenberg (MSL ’14)

Karen Knippenberg (MSL ’14) majored in Political Science at Appalachian State University with a concentration in paralegal studies. After graduation, she worked as a paralegal, mostly in real estate along with some work with mergers and acquisitions. Continue reading »

Wake Forest Law Professor Mark Rabil is the director of the law school's Innocence and Justice Clinic.

Professor Mark Rabil says new CDPL study highlights increased N.C. taxpayer cost when state pursues death penalty

DURHAM ― Death penalty advocates say executions are needed to punish a small handful of the “worst of the worst” criminals. However, a new report from the Center for Death Penalty Litigation (CDPL) finds that the death penalty in North Carolina is being used broadly and indiscriminately, with little regard for the strength of the evidence against defendants ― and putting innocent people at risk of being sentenced to die. See the full report here: and watch the video here: Continue reading »

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

The National Law Journal: Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) among female deans taking charge

As Interim Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) makes the transition to dean in July, The National Law Journal’s Karen Sloan points out that “11 — fully 40 percent — of the 28 deans slated to take over this summer are women — a spike that has not gone unnoticed.” Read the original story here.

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Professor Kami Chavis Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons tells Wall Street Journal investigation needed in Charleston, S.C., shooting to prove hate crime

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, tells the Wall Street Journal in the following story about the recent shootings in Charleston, South Carolina, that proving a hate crime is difficult and an investigation is necessary. Read the original story here.

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Professor Kami Chavis Simmons

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons explains why prosecuting hate crimes is hard

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons is the director of the Wake Forest Law Criminal Justice Program. She tells Take Part reporter Rebecca McCray why proving a hate crime is so difficult in the original story that also ran on Yahoo News here. Continue reading »

Outgoing North Carolina Bar President Catharine Arrowood (’73, ’76) leads by example

When Catharine Arrowood (’73, ’76) attended Wake Forest Law, it was a different time. In 1973, women were just beginning to gain a foothold in careers such as law that were traditionally reserved for men. Continue reading »

Professor Omari Simmons

Publication co-authored by Professor Omari Simmons referenced in Canada’s Online Legal Magazine

Professor Omari Simmons speaks to the role of general counseling evolving, and what that means for counselors in the article “All the ways your legal skills can be used” by Omar Ha-Redeye for Canada’s Online Legal Magazine/Slaw. Professor Simmons is the director of the Business Law Program at Wake Forest Law and the program will offer a new in-house counsel course this fall.
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Christopher Nichols ('91, JD '94) with Dean Suzanne Reynolds at the NC Advocates for Justice induction ceremony on June 15, 2015.

North Carolina Advocates for Justice elect Chris Nichols (’91, JD ’94) as president

Chris Nichols (’91, JD 94), a partner at the Nichols Law Firm in Raleigh, has been elected president of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ), a state-wide association of attorneys and other legal professionals who protect the rights of all North Carolinians in civil and criminal cases. Continue reading »

Adjunct Professor Kim Stevens (’92) hired as a Capital Resource Counsel

Adjunct Professor Kim Stevens (JD ’92) has been announced as the newest Capital Resource Counsel by the Capital Trials Expert Panel of the Federal Public Defender system and the Capital Resource Counsel Project. Professor Stevens is replacing Gerald Zerkin, who retired in March, and will begin working as a Capital Resource Counsel in July, 2015 in the Middle District of North Carolina.

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